U.S. Navy Carrier Aviation During The First Days Of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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U.S. Navy Carrier Aviation During the First Days of Operation Iraqi FreedomThe aircraft carrier is one of the most powerful tools the United States military has at its disposal. Its mere presence can serve to stabilize a region. In the days leading up to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) not one but five aircraft carriers were positioned in the waters surrounding Iraq. Two were in the Mediterranean Sea to support operations in northern Iraq; they were the nuclear powered USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The other three carriers were in the Persian Gulf to support southern operations. These were the venerable, conventionally powered USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS Constellation (CV-64) along with the nuclear powered USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).Each carrier is outfitted with more than fifty aircraft. The usual configuration consists of the following squadrons;, one E-2 Hawkeye, one SH-60B Seahawk, one EA-6B Prowler, one S-3 Viking, three FA-18C Hornet and, one F-14D Tomcat,. The mission and role of each platform will be discussed further. The USS Abraham Lincoln was different; she was the first to deploy with the new FA-18E, single seat, Super Hornet. With increased range, weapons load and advanced avionics the Super Hornets maiden deployment would result in unparalleled combat successes.The air war officially started on March 19, 2002. The carriers were already at work before this. To all intents and purposes, the air component was already at war by March 19. Aircrew had been flying hundreds of sorties per day since the first week of March (Grant, 2005, p. 130). The OIF air war consisted of five different components all functioning simultaneously. They were:Air dominance-"air superiority with SEAD (suppression ofEnemy Air Defenses), DEAD (Destroying Enemy Air Defenses),and DCA (Defensive Counter Air)Strategic attack-"A-Day played out all over the country"The West fight-counter Scud efforts, a "presidentialtasking"The North fight-helping Special Operations Forces (SOF)teams engage the Iraqi forces north of BagdadThe South fight-Support for the Army and Marines. TheSouth fight ultimately came to dominate sortie allocationand it drove requirements for carriers in the Persian Gulf.(Grant, 2005, p. 133)The different carrier aircraft each had a specific role to play in each of these facets of the air campaign. The turbo-prop powered E-2 Hawkeye performs a role similar to an Air Force AWACS. It gives the carrier all weather airborne early warning capability and acts as an airborne command and control center. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, E-2 Hawkeye's provided critical airborne battle management and command and control functions supporting numerous close air support and battlefield air interdiction missions (PEOT, 2004). The SH-60B, the Navy version of the H-60 Blackhawk helicopter, as utilized by Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Four (HS-4) supported Navy SEAL, British Commando and Polish GROM forces in Kuwait and Iraq and...

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