A Strike Fighter Squadron ((VFA) FORTY ONE "Black Aces" Super Hornet seen manoeuvring on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). The type saw for its maiden operational deployment while embarked on board the Nimitz. The squadron deployed with sister squadron VFA-14 Tophatter (an F/A-18E is seen in the back ground) within Carrier air Wing ELEVEN to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A Strike Fighter Squadron ((VFA) FORTY ONE "Black Aces" Super Hornet seen on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during the first joint F/A-18E and F deployment (the Es saw earlier their first deployment as a sole squadron). The Nimitz and its Carrier air Wing ELEVEN were deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, so the brand-new two-seat aircraft also saw their first combat deployment in these days.
This Growler received a special paint scheme to commemorate 100 years of 6 Squadron (1917 - 2017). Invisible on this picture, as the flaps are down, but the BuNo 169153 is applied at the usual place below the vertical stabiliser.
Pictured on board of the USS Nimitz while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 "Tophatters" was the second squadron that deployed with the F/A-18E Super Hornet, but the first that deployed together with a sister squadron that was equipped with the F/A-18F.
The Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 were established in July 1987 at NAS Whidbey Island (WA) and equipped with the EA-6B Prowler. The squadron operated the Cadillac of the Skies until April 2009. In February 2010, they were fully transitioned to the Growler, as the second squadron to transition to this Super Hornet variant. Together with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT elements the squadron was seen during work-ups at Fallon for a deployment that started in May 2011 on board USS George G.W. Bush (CVN-77).