A carrier-based Super Hornet recently struck IS targets for the first time in more than two years


A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet struck Islamic State positions in Iraq late last month, the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years that a carrier-based fighter jet has conducted such ops in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art aircraft struck the guerrilla forces Sept. 23 after launching from the aircraft carrier Nimitz, which was underway in the Arabian Gulf at the time, according to U.S. 5th Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich.

“The last such strike was by USS Theodore Roosevelt in March 2018,” she told Navy Times.

Nimitz and its strike group deployed from San Diego in June.

What IS targets the Super Hornet struck remains unclear.

OIR officials did not respond to requests for more information on the operation.

But Army Col. Wayne Marotto, an OIR spokesman, tweeted that a strike was conducted on “Daesh hideouts” on that date.

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Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

W/ @modmiliq approval @Coalition conducted a strike on Daesh hideouts in Wadi Al-Shai, Iraq Sep 23, destroying one cave and three shelters. Daesh operatives will continue to try and take advantage of safe havens; but there is no safe place for terrorists to hide. #defeatdaesh

— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) September 24, 2020


Geoff is a senior staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the Navy. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was most recently a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes any and all kinds of tips at geoffz@militarytimes.com.

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