uss george h. w. bush

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)

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CARRIER GROUP DEFENDER

HMS Defender has arrived on station to provide vital support to a US Navy carrier task group in the Gulf, using her world-class air defence weapon systems to protect the US Navy aircraft carrier, USS George H W Bush and her aircraft as they launch airstrikes as part of the international coalition against ISIL.

HMS Defender, one of the most advanced warships ever built for the Royal Navy, is operating as a fully integrated part of the carrier strike group. Using her air defence radar and Sea Viper missile system, the ship provides an ‘umbrella’ of air defence to the Nimitz class aircraft carrier and her escort ships while they patrol the Gulf and launch airstrikes against the terrorist group ISIL.

I know i’m late to this party but I just realized that the airforce carrier they sent to Iraq like “just in case” is the USS George H. W. Bush. This is a fact I think everyone needs to know. 

If that’s not a “fuck you” with a Bald Eagle screeching in the background while an American flag waves slowly behind it I don’t know what is. Like, really, America? Really? 

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.