Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 "Black Lions", normally based at NAS Oceana (VA), visited NAS Fallon for a TOP GUN course during their work-ups for an upcoming deployment with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT on board of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). That deployment started in May 2011 and brought ship and wing to the Mediterrannean Sea and Persian Gulf in support of CENTCOM operations.
New refueling old... the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet refuels an S-3B Viking overhead the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during operations in the Persian Gulf. The Super Hornet replaced the Viking in this role from 2007 onwards. In the near future, the refueling task will be transferred to the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will deploy with a Carrier Air Wing. This relieves the Super Hornet a bit from their busy multi-role task.
The very first F/A-18F cruise took place on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in 2003. Together with sister squadron VFA-14 Tophatters (operating the F/A-18E), VFA-41 Black Aces flew numbers of missions from the Nimitz in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This F/A-18F of the Black Aces is being prepped for the launch and is just lowering its folded wings.