US Navy’s Nimitz CSG launches OIR missions against ISIS
The US Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has started strike missions from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in an effort to intensify the fight against ISIS.
Nimitz is deployed in the US 5th Fleet area of operations in support of OIR.CSG-11 commander rear admiral Bill Byrne said: “Our pilots and aircrew are demonstrating our continued commitment to this region and all of our partner nations."
Byrne said that the entire crew of the Nimitz CSG contributed for the successful execution of the first flight operations.
Byrne added: “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.”
During operations, an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Argonauts’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 was launched from the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 squadrons carried out the first flight accompanied by 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.
Flight operations were also performed by other aircraft from CVW-11 that embarked on the USS Nimitz, and involved 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.
In addition to conducting anti-ISIS missions, the US Navy aircraft carrier and strike group are performing maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and maintain the free flow of commerce.
Image: An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of USS Nimitz. Photo: courtesy of US Navy by mass communication specialist 3rd class Weston A Mohr / Released.