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FIRST TO FIGHT, FIRST TO STRIKE: VFA-41 BLACK ACES WESTPAC ’16 CRUISE VIDEO

On Jan. 2016 VFA-41 deployed aboard the USS John C Stennis, CVN-74 to the South China Sea to ensure Freedom of Navigation

The cool video in this article is the short film that features the most sierra hotel clips chronicling the 2016 Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment of the F/A-18F Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 Black Aces aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) aircraft carrier.

Noteworthy Strike Fighter Squadron 41 personnel began the transition from the F-14A Tomcat to the F/A-18F Super Hornet in Dec. 2001 and from Mar. to Nov. 2003, VFA-41 undertook its first WESTPAC cruise since the Vietnam era.

On Jan. 2016 VFA-41 with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 deployed aboard the USS John C. Stennis, CVN-74 to the South China Sea to ensure Freedom of Navigation. Ports of call during this deployment included Guam, Busan, Singapore, Manila and Pearl Harbor.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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