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Large-Force Dissimilar Air Combat Training
48th Fighter Wing - RAF Lakenheath
October 5-22, 2018
Large-Force Dissimilar Air Combat Training - F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
The USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) was to exercise off the United Kingdom coast and were invited by the 48FW to participate in a Large-Force Dissimilar Air Combat Training exercise at relatively short notice. The eight US Navy F-18 Super Hornets were with Strike Fighter Squadron 11 and based when on shore at NAS Oceana in Virginia left the carrier on the western approaches for RAF Lakenheath. The Carrier Wing One (CVW-1) deployment consisted; two VFA-11 'Red Rippers F/A-18F Super Hornets, two VFA-211 'Fighting Checkmates' F/A-18F Super Hornets, two VFA-136 'Knighthawks' F/A-18E Super Hornets and two VFA-81 'Sunliners' F/A-18E Super Hornets.

Carrier Wing One (CVW-1) deployment of eight F/A-18E/F Super Hornets on the 494th ramp.
Left to right: Carrier Wing One (CVW-1) deployment of eight F/A-18E/F Super Hornets on the 494th ramp.
Left to right: Maintenance on the line on F/A-18E Super Hornet (166631 '106-AB') with VFA-11 'Red Rippers'.
F/A-18E Super Hornet (166820 '300-AB') with VFA-136 'Knighthawks' CVW-1 US Navy.
Left to right: F/A-18E Super Hornets (166820 '300-AB' and 166823 '303-AB') with VFA-136 'Knighthawks'.
F/A-18F Super Hornet (166665 '210-AB') with VFA-211 'Fighting Checkmates'.
Left to right: F/A-18F Super Hornet (166665 '210-AB') with VFA-211 'Fighting Checkmates'.
F/A-18E Super Hornet (166839 '411-AB') with VFA-81 'Sunliners'.
Left to right: F/A-18E Super Hornet (166839 '411-AB' and 166840 '412-AB') with VFA-81 'Sunliners'.
F/A-18E Super Hornet (166823 '303-AB') with VFA-136 'Knighthawks'.
Left to right: F/A-18E Super Hornet (166823 '303-AB') with VFA-136 'Knighthawks'.
Left to right: F/A-18E Super Hornet (166631 '106-AB') with VFA-11 'Red Rippers'. F/A-18F Super Hornet (166808 '204-AB') with VFA-211 'Fighting Checkmates'.
F/A-18E Super Hornet (166823 '303-AB') with VFA-136 'Knighthawks'.
Left to right: F/A-18E Super Hornet (166624 '102-AB') with VFA-11 'Red Rippers'.