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We are a combat flight simulation squadron primarily flying the F/A-18C Hornet in carrier-based combat missions on the DCS World simulator platform.

Black Aces News

September 19, 2022
Pentagon Announces End of Action in Operation Damascus Dawn

The Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon today announced that NATO's Operation Damascus Dawn has reached its successful objective, which was to neutralize the Assad regime's military threat to Turkey and other neighboring countries.  The operation began in December of 2021, and comprised 34 missions for the VFA-41 Black Aces aboard the USS George Washington, which will now depart the region for some much needed R&R and inter-deployment training.  Squadron members who participated in a required number of sorties have been awarded the campaign ribbon shown here.

September 19, 2022
US Navy Jets Conduct Low-Level Raid on Remaining Syrian Base

With Syrian military forces in full retreat, the VFA-41 'Black Aces' were ordered to attack one of their few remaining logistical bases in the region.  Poor weather necessitated a low-level attack profile as visual targeting was required to hit the specific buildings and facilities assigned.  Good hits and heavy damage were reported on all objectives.  Additional information and imagery were released HERE.

September 16, 2022
Retreating Syrian Armor Targeted by US Warplanes

After suffering heavy losses near Palmyra, a Syrian armored vehicle column retreating southward was ordered destroyed by area commanders in charge of NATO's Operation Damascus Dawn.  The action was taken in order to prevent any attempt by the Assad regime to regroup forces for another offensive.  A "large number" of tanks and other military vehicles were destroyed by laser-guided weapons according to a Pentagon spokesperson.  A mission assessment was presented HERE.