An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Gaines/Released)
IDF Officers Visit USS George H. W. Bush - 15 February 2017
A group of IDF officers, led by Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, February 14, for a day of familiarization and discussions with American naval personnel. US Embassy Chargé d'affaires Leslie Tsou also took part in the visit. While on board the vessel, the visitors received a briefing on the ship’s various combat capabilities and observed flight and maritime operations from the deck of the carrier. The tour and demonstration included an up-close view of aircraft catapult launches, arrested landings, and a tour of the ships vast aircraft hangars, flight squadrons, operation center, bridge, and flight control tower. The purpose of the visit was to demonstrate the capabilities and firepower of USS George H. W. Bush and Carrier Strike Group 2, and to support cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli navies, as well as ensuring interoperability between the U.S. and its Israeli partners. Such visits are a means of sustaining the U.S.’s long-standing alliance with Israel. The group were guests of the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Will Pennington, and the commander of the Carrier Strike Group, Rear Adm. Kenneth R. Whitesell.
The crew of the submarine USS Finback (SS-230) pulls Lieutenant Junior Grade George H. W. Bush from the water after his plane was shot down. Bush had been in the water for 4 hours before the Finback came to his rescue, He remained on the submarine for the next month, participating in rescuing other downed airmen, before eventually being returned to his carrier the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). As a display of appreciation for the return of their pilot, the crew of the San Jacinto presented the crew of the Finback with several pints of ice cream. It was not uncommon for submarines performing life guard duty to “ransom” rescued pilots back to their assigned carriers for the frozen treat.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2015) An F/A-18C Super Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off as an F/A-18F Hornet attached to Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
Seen here May 2011, alongside the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the now decommissioned HMS Gloucester (D96) was a Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy. During the Gulf War of 1991, off the coast of Kuwait, the vessel made history while escorting the Iowa-class battleship USS Missouri when, under the command of Philip Wilcocks, she successfully engaged an Iraqi Silkworm missile threatening the American battleship. This was the first successful missile vs missile engagement at sea in combat by any Navy.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua D. Sheppard.