July 27, 2014 VFA-41 Enters Ukraine Conflict Aboard USS Ronald Reagan
The USS Ronald Regan carrier battle group carrying several squadrons of military aircraft has entered the Black Sea off the shores of the Ukraine in response to NATO directives to quell unrest in the region. Tensions between pro-Russian separatists, the Ukrainian government, and Moscow threaten to explode into all-out civil war. US and NATO ally forces are tasked with suppressing aggressive military action from either side and protecting the civilian populace. VFA-41 pilots, battle-tested in the recent Syrian conflict, will surely be called upon again in the operation code-named Trident Breach.
July 21, 2014 USS Carl Vinson Battle Group Departs Persian Gulf
With tensions in the Gulf region eased under a United Nations negotiated cease-fire, the Pentagon has ordered the USS Carl Vinson battle group to depart the area enroute to another hot spot. While the exact nature of the fleet's next assignment remains classified, the Secretary of the Navy has announced an official end to Operation Bronze Judgment, NATO's intervention in the Syrian conflict. VFA-41 pilots who participated in at least 50% of the operation's sorties were awarded the campaign ribbon shown above.
July 7, 2014 Armored Column Attacked and Destroyed
In an effort to further limit Iran's ability to destabilize the region and to interfere in the Syrian conflict, US Navy strike aircraft of the VFA-41 squadron were launched from the deck of the carrier USS Carl Vinson with orders to locate and attack a convoy of armored vehicles of the Iranian army. Using precision laser-guided 'Maverick' missiles launched from their F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, the Black Aces destroyed the majority of the tanks and armored personnel carriers, leaving a trail of burning wreckage along the desert highway. All of the American aircraft returned from the mission safely, and remain assigned to duty in support of Operation Bronze Judgment.
June 26, 2014 Wings of Gold for VFA-41 Pilot
In a reflection of an exceptional commitment of time and effort since he joined the squadon, ENS Masheen has already earned his Wings of Gold in VFA-41 in a remarkably rapid fashion! He has demonstrated the required aircraft systems knowledge and skills proficiency necessary to earn recognition as a Naval Aviator as well as a being a Black Ace. Well done!