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December 2, 2014
Black Ace Reaches Mission Milestone

As the Black Aces remain embroiled in Operation Trident Breach, CAPT Dragon has logged his 600th squadron mission as an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot!  If you conservatively estimate an hour of flight per mission (and many are much longer than that), that's over 3 1/2 weeks of non-stop flying!  Does anyone have one of those pine tree air fresheners to hang in his cockpit?

November 23, 2014
US Carrier Battle Group Remains On Station In Black Sea

Continuing to provide support for the military operation dubbed "Trident Breach", the USS Ronald Reagan carrier battle group remains off the coast of the Ukraine in the Black Sea.  Most recently, surveillance aircraft launched from the carrier have been keeping an eye on the conflict as Russian forces press deeper into Ukrainian territory.  F/A-18 Super Hornets of the VFA-41 squadron escorted an E-2C Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft, protecting it from possible hostile action by Russian warplanes.  All US Navy aircraft returned safely.

October 28, 2014
US Navy Attacks And Sinks Russian Warship

Operating in the Black Sea off the Syrian coast, US Navy Super Hornets launched from the USS Ronald Reagan attacked a Russian destroyer with Harpoon anti-ship missiles, sinking the ship.  The destroyer was actively engaged in hostile activities against a US fast-attack submarine, reportedly the USS Orlando, and had also launched anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters that were in the immediate area of the sub.  The helicopters were destroyed.  When questioned by news sources, the Russian delegate to the UN said that he had no knowledge of the incident.  The USS Ronald Reagan carrier battle group remains in the Black Sea in support of Operation Trident Breach.

October 6, 2014
Ukrainian Airport Attacked By US Warplanes

Pentagon sources confirmed that US warplanes launched from the USS Ronald Reagan carrier battle group attacked and severely damaged the airport in the Ukrainian city of Odessa.  Pro-Russian forces had taken over the airport and intelligence data indicated that it was being used to stage air attacks against Ukrainian government targets.  The US Navy reported that F/A-18 "Super Hornet" attack aircraft of the VFA-41 "Black Aces" employed laser-guided munitions to destroy the tower, hangars, and fuel tanks, effectively crippling further use of the airport for military operations.




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