A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet struck Islamic State positions in Iraq late last month, the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years that a carrier-based fighter jet has conducted such ops in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Navy Times reports.
The multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art aircraft struck the guerrilla forces Sept. 23 after launching from the aircraft carrier Nimitz, which was underway in the Arabian Gulf at the time, according to U.S. 5th Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich.
“The last such strike was by USS Theodore Roosevelt in March 2018,” she told Navy Times.
Nimitz and its strike group deployed from San Diego in June.
What IS targets the Super Hornet struck remains unclear.