Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead, Carrier Strike Group 11 Public Affairs
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is carrying out strike sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from the Arabian Gulf. The first aircraft launched from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147.
Accompanying Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 squadrons part of that first flight include the “Black Knights” of VFA-154, the “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 and the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121.
“For the Nimitz Strike Group, today is game day,” said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander of CSG-11. “When you hear the roar of the jets today it is for real; it’s game on. Our pilots and aircrew are demonstrating our continued commitment to this region and all of our partner nations.”
“While it is the aircrews that will be on the very pointy end of our spear, the contribution of everyone is equally important to making this happen. Every member of the crew has done their part to ensure we are ready to fight today.”
Other aircraft from CVW-11 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) also conducted the flight operations. This includes the “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, the “Wolfpack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 and the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.