ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil, Iraq, Aug. 8.
Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet.
The F/A-18s dropped 500 pound laser-guided bombs against ISIL artillery targets. Carrier Air Wing 8 aircraft assigned to the Bush carrier strike group include the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 (F/A-18); "Valions" of VFA-15 (F/A-18); "Fighting Black Lions" of VFA-213 (F/A-18E/F); "Tomcatters" of VFA-31 (F/A-18E); "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 (E-2C Hawkeye); "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron
(VAQ) 134 (EA-18G); "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 (MH-60S); "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 (C-2A); and the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 (SH-60B/MH-60R).