F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 about to be launched from flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
U.S. Navy CAG birds (aircraft in special liveries, officially assigned to commanding officer of United States Navy Carrier Air Groups) take part in air strikes in Syria and Iraq alongside all the other warplanes wearing standard paint schemes and low-visibility markings.
The photo in this post shows the striking F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166830, Modex “200”, CAG bird of the VFA-81 “Sunliners” with POW-MIA art work on the tail and sharkmouth applied to the aircraft back in 2013, being marshalled onto the catapult during night ops.
The aircraft does not seem to carry weapons, hence it was probably only involved in a routine training mission.
USS Carl Vinson is currently supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, launching air strikes against ISIS targets in both Iraq and Syria from the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR (Area of Operations).
Image credit: U.S. Navy
Amazing photo! Have to say have missed nose art and its nice to see a fine example here.
Got permission from The Sundowners to apply the shark mouth, I assume… :=) Great photo… More nose art needed!
Not sure about that. Current “Sundowners” fly the F-5E/Fs as VFC-111
VFA-81 are the Sunliners