April 12, 2016 VFA-41 Pilot Recognized For Length Of Service
Super Hornet pilot LT Madrus has earned another star on his service ribbon denoting over 5 years as a Black Ace. Thank you for your continued service to the squadron!
March 21, 2016 US Warplanes Strike More ISIS Targets In Syria
As the US Navy's support of Operation Intrepid Crusader continues, pilots of the VFA-41 "Black Aces" squadron were called upon for a midnight attack on a known ISIS stronghold and training facility at Al Hasakah in Syria. Using precision laser-guided bombs, the facility was destroyed, killing an unknown number of ISIS fighters. The F/A-18 Super Hornets used for the mission are capable of flying in complete darkness, locating targets with radar and infra-red night vision equipment, and delivering weapons with pin-point accuracy and devastating results.
February 22, 2016 Black Ace Reaches Mission Milestone
Serving as VFA-41's Operations Officer and currently flying missions in support of Operation Intrepid Crusader against ISIS forces in Syria, Lieutenant Commander Masheen has logged his 100th squadron mission as a Super Hornet pilot in the F/A-18E. That's a lot of stick time!
February 22, 2016 US Navy Warplanes Attack ISIS Headquarters
Operating from the USS Ronald Reagan carrier group, F/A-18 Super Hornets of the VFA-41 "Black Aces" squadron attacked the ISIS headquarters building and command & controls bunkers in their self-proclaimed capital city of Al Raqqa in Syria. All assigned targets were reported destroyed in the first sorties of what the Pentagon has named Operation Intrepid Crusader. One of the Super Hornets was hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by unknown forces, forcing the pilot to eject from the aircraft. ISIS is not known to possess any such missiles. The shoot-down remains under investigation with no faction in the region claiming responsibility.