While Operation Bronze Judgment continues for the Black Aces, the military threat from the Syrian regime has been neutralized. However, Iranian warplanes are now interfering with NATO operations and threaten regional stability. VFA-41 has been ordered back to carrier duty and transferred to USS Carl Vinson's flight deck. Further combat sorties are expected against this more formidable adversary.
January 27, 2014 US Navy Super Hornets Embroiled in Syrian Conflict
Following a surprise attack on the American aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, F/A-18 Super Hornets of the famed Black Aces squadron have been transferred to Ramat David Air Base in Isreal to help quell aggressive actions from terrorist elements of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. In the operation, code named Bronze Judgment, VFA-41 pilots will continue to conduct land-based sorties in order to protect allies in the region.
January 7, 2014 Black Ace Earns Air Victory Ribbon
In recognition of his 20th air-to-air kill of enemy aircraft in squadron missions, LTJG Ticman has been awarded the Air Victory Ribbon.
January 6, 2014 US Carrier Battle Group Departs Barents Sea
Following a strong NATO response to the military aggression of Maskarovka Oblast Of Russia (MOOR) separatists, leaders on both sides have announced a cessation of hostilities. Intelligence sources estimate that NATO air attacks have again eliminated eliminated MOOR warfighting capability. The US Navy will none-the-less remain vigilant for any further conflict in the area. VFA-41 pilots who participated in the military operation dubbed 'Red Heat', have been awarded the ribbon shown, with bronze star for those deployed to this area of conflict for a 2nd tour.