20 Apr '18, 5am

[email protected] retires F/A-18C Hornet from combat as F-35C nears operational status (by @CaitlinDoornbos).

It’s the end of an era for the Navy’s F/A-18C Hornet; officials announced the jet’s recently completed deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson was its last. The service recently told Stars and Stripes it will no longer use the jet in combat or regular deployments, but will find other uses for the attack aircraft first deployed decades ago. Though the three-month mission that ended March 12 was the Hornet’s final full deployment, Strike Fighter Squadron 34 will fly the jets in the 25-nation Rim of the Pacific exercise this summer, said Lt. j.g. Emily Judstra, a Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet spokeswoman. After that, the Hornets will mainly be used in demonstrations and training with the Blue Angels, at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center and in reserve squadrons, she said. The San Diego-based VFA-34 will be the last squadron to transition to the F/A-18E Super Ho...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/navy-retires-f-a-18c-horn...

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