Carrier Air Wing 7 Continues Air Support of Combat in Iraq

Story Number: NNS040429-02Release Date: 4/29/2004 9:37:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George Washington's (GW) (CVN 73) aircraft exerted pressure on anti-Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Fallujah April 28, with repeated bombardments from Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 136 and VFA-131, and Fighter Squadrons (VF) 11 and VF-143.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7's F/A-18 Hornets and F-14 Tomcats dropped 13 GBU-12 guided bomb units on enemy positions, helping U.S. Marines of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force defend their positions against insurgent attacks.

Continued air support from GW remains vital to the success of Marines on the ground who are working hard to bring security and stability to Fallujah.

All aircraft returned safely, marking this the latest of several successful bombing missions carried out by CVW-7 from George Washington, currently the only aircraft carrier in the Arabian Gulf.

GW departed Norfolk Jan. 20 and arrived on station almost two months ago to contribute to the ongoing global war on terrorism.

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Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Alex Luzon, of Bronx, N.Y., signals to an F/A-18C Hornet.
040414-N-3986D-037 Arabian Gulf (Apr. 14, 2004) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Alex Luzon, of Bronx, N.Y., signals to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Six (VFA-136) on the flight deck aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based nuclear powered aircraft carrier is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jessica Davis. (RELEASED)
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