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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 24, 2021
Pilot Commissioned in VFA-41

Stop laughing.  That new guy at the supply office trying to requisition 20 yards of chow line and a gallon of relative bearing grease is the newest Black Ace, Maniac, who has been granted a commission at the rank of Ensign (ENS).  Once the XO's car achieves that signature Black Aces shine, ENS Maniac will begin his Basic Qualification program in order to earn his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator.

September 24, 2021
Iranian and US Warplanes Battle Over Persian Gulf

As part of the US military's ongoing efforts in support of Operation Persian Gauntlet, Navy F-14 'Tomcat' and F/A-18 'Hornet' fighter jets tangled with a number of Russian-made MiG fighters flown by the Iranian air force in an effort to achieve air superiority over the Persian Gulf.  Losses were reported on both sides. The US Navy listed two Hornets downed, while reporting at least 10 Iranian aircraft destroyed.  The identities of the US pilots lost is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.  Additional details were released HERE.

September 17, 2021
Pentagon Reports Airstrike on Iranian Naval Facility

A Pentagon spokesperson reported a "surgical strike" on the Iranian naval port facility of Havadarya near Bandar Abbas.  Ammunition and fuel storage was specifically targeted in the mission orders carried out by a small flight of attack aircraft assigned to the VFA-41 "Black Aces" squadron, currently embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf.  All mission aircraft returned to the carrier, although one was confirmed lost during landing.  The pilot was recovered safely and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.  Military operations in support of Operation Persian Gauntlet continue.  Additional mission details were published HERE.