Pounding The Taliban

by Steve on October 15, 2006

Yes, we’re still in Afghanistan in case you’ve forgotten. Happy Bob sends:

VFA-211 overhead Enterprise (CVN-65)

F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, based in Virginia Beach, Va., supported both ISAF and other coalition ground forces in multiple locations north of Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Navy’s latest generation of fighter/attack aircraft completed multiple strafing runs against Taliban extremists using the aircraft’s M61A1 20mm gatling gun and ended the engagement using Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 12 weapons. The GBU-12 is a general-purpose, laser-guided 500-pound bomb.

Later that day, the Enterprise-based “Checkmates” attacked a compound north of Kandahar. Known as a haven for Taliban extremists, the compound was being used to mount operations against coalition ground forces at the time of the attack. The compound was destroyed with GBU-12 weapons. After refueling, “Checkmates” aircraft flew multiple show-of-force missions north of Kandahar against other Taliban extremists who were attacking coalition ground forces with small arms fire.

Visit Navy News for the rest of the story. Let’s hope Enterprise and her air wing manage to put one down the golden hole, the one with OBL hiding at the bottom!

{ 1 comment }

alessandro aspesi November 12, 2006 at 9:07

Dear Sir, my name is Alex Aspesi, I’m writing from Milan, Italy. I see your superb VFA-211 picture.
I suppose you’ve taken a lot during your deployment. I’m very interested in flight ops pics related to USS ENTERPRISE – CVW-1 OIF/OEF flight pos, and AAR pictures over Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m writing you to know if it’s posible to buy from you some of your pics in Jpegs (200 kb – 1 mb is well), EXCLUSIVELY for my personal collection. NOT for printing or publishing. ) can pay via pay pal and receive the pictures bia e-mail or written on a CD:
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