U.S Marine Corps F/A-18A Hornet jets deploying to the Middle East

Sep 27 2012 - 3 Comments

On Sept. 24, 12 U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18A Hornet jets arrived to Morón airbase, in Spain, coming from Lajes, Azores.

Belonging to the VMFA-314 Black Knights, from MCAS Miramar, California, the aircraft arrived in two waves as “Trend 61-66” and “Trend 71-76”.

Although someone speculated they were deploying to Afghanistan, where the U.S. has recently suffered a deadly attack at Camp Bastion’s airfield, where six Harriers were destroyed and two severely damaged, the VMFA-314 Hornets were enroute to an undisclosed location in the Middle East.

An exercise or a build-up in the Libya, Mali region?

Image credit: Antonio Muñiz Zaragüeta

  • Sam

    Interesting the group of 18’s out of Miramar are coming out… How many F15E groups would you think are in the area already?

  • Or directed to Iran?

  • Bill

    10-12 A-10s from Davis Monthan arrived at Westover ARB, heading overseas… not sure if it is a regular deployment or not.