USS Ronnie Reagan sees first combat action

This was just too sweet to pass up.. 

State of the art new US Aircraft Carrier / Flagship sends first Hornets out on strike missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

American Forces Press Service
ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, Feb. 24, 2006 – F/A-18E Hornets assigned to the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 115 on Feb. 22 became the first aircraft launched from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan to drop ordnance on enemy targets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Reagan is the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is currently on its maiden deployment. Commissioned in 2003, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier is part of a routine rotation of U.S. maritime forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

“Our air wing is comprised of the most advanced aircraft in the world and is a key player in deterring aggression from the insurgency within Iraq,” Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, commander of Carrier Strike Group 7, said. “With the speed, agility and persistence of the modern carrier strike group, we intend to make a difference in helping to set the conditions for security and stability.” [...]

Give ‘em hell boys! Makes me want to sing that song from the puppet movie.. (that was funny as hell)
Americaaa, f*ck yeah!

You guys sure know how to build really cool stuff, fly safe.
I’d advocate Israel getting one of these, but there wouldn’t be any place to park this behemoth.. Which (arcane knowledge geekoid alert) is if I recall about as tall as the Empire State building if you stand it up!

The ‘insurgents’ must shit their pants when they see you guys roll in with these things..
The Gipper would be proud.

[tags]US, Military[/tags]