USS Wasp: Strike Missions against ISIL in Libya

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 1, 2016) An AV-8B Harrier, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya Aug. 1, 2016. Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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  1. mym1a1
    mym1a1 Aug 08, 2016

    Not sure why we are using HARRIERS For a mission like this unless the payload is higher...Lets see. It's hard for a novice to say so here are the carry load specs for the AV-8B Harrier and the FA-18E As follows.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_F/A-18E/F_Super_Hornet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_AV-8B_Harrier_II

  2. haloguy628
    haloguy628 Aug 08, 2016

    26166045 - Maybe because the Wasp is on the station and FA-18 can not operate from Wasp? Buit don't worry, I'm sure there are Navy carriers in the area. So FA-18's are flying missions. Would you rather that the Wasp keeps the AV-8B's on the deck?

  3. ecarfar
    ecarfar Aug 08, 2016

    No, no big carriers in the Med.

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