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OEF: The Navy Strikes Back in the Days After 9/11

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F-14A inflight to attack Afghanistan carries a Aim-54 Phoenix missile on its wing root pylon, this is quite rare as the F-14 couldn’t land with its intended six safely on a carrier. Typically carried in the “Pancake” between the engines in this case that area is holding 2,000 pound bombs to strike the Talibans strongholds. The F-14A cannot land with all these weapons but there extremely unlikely not to launch the JDAMs as at this point their are still plenty of targets to strike. KC-10 Extender and Hornets in the background, October 7th, 2001. The first attack.
F-14A inflight to attack Afghanistan carries a Aim-54 Phoenix missile on its wing root pylon, this is quite rare as the F-14 couldn’t land with its intended six safely on a carrier. Typically carried in the “Pancake” between the engines in this case that area is holding 2,000 pound bombs to strike the Talibans strongholds. The F-14A cannot land with all these weapons but there extremely unlikely not to launch the JDAMs as at this point their are still plenty of targets to strike. KC-10 Extender and Hornets in the background, October 7th, 2001. The first attack.
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Tomahawk missile
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These pictures are from September 12th, 2001 until January 1st in the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Navy was first in with tactical fighters and carried most of the water in the early days as the USAF used bombers and didn’t have a plan to get their fighters into action as quick. Three carriers were involved in the initial attacks along with a Marine STOVL carrier and various Allen and support vessels. These were some of the longest fighter missions ever attempted as the targets were at times a thousand miles form the carrier. The ability to quickly flex into an unprecedented operation proved the US Navy had what it takes to bring the fight to the enemy.

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Aircraft from the carries Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Kitty Hawk (CV 63) are conducted round the clock bombing missions over Afghanistan.

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Maverick missile at fight next to an array of bombs.
Maverick missile at fight next to an array of bombs.
F/A-18C with three bombs, one wing tank, and targetting pods, refuels on the way to striker al quesadillas... Ur.... Qaeda. November 7th, 2001
F/A-18C with three bombs, one wing tank, and targetting pods, refuels on the way to striker al quesadillas... Ur.... Qaeda. November 7th, 2001
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Marine just landed in Kandahar and gets ready for some violence
Marine just landed in Kandahar and gets ready for some violence
Damaged plane drill
Damaged plane drill
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Ch-53E coming hot...
Ch-53E coming hot...
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Navy seals search a cargo ship
Navy seals search a cargo ship
The F-14 was converted late in life from the Tomcat to the Bombcat to replace the A-6 Intruder in the heavy striker role until sufficient Super Hornets were available.
The F-14 was converted late in life from the Tomcat to the Bombcat to replace the A-6 Intruder in the heavy striker role until sufficient Super Hornets were available.
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Nice reflection on the window of a E-2C Hawkeye AWACS plane.
Nice reflection on the window of a E-2C Hawkeye AWACS plane.
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Ch-46 moving supplies
Ch-46 moving supplies
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Engine change
Engine change
Doesn’t get any prettier than this,,,
Doesn’t get any prettier than this,,,
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Marine in Kandahar
Marine in Kandahar
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Old school radar displays
Old school radar displays
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Underwater mine deactivation practice
Underwater mine deactivation practice
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To,cat on left tries to catch the light streaks of the fighter that just took off to its left.
To,cat on left tries to catch the light streaks of the fighter that just took off to its left.
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Checking the bombs on the F-14 BombCat
Checking the bombs on the F-14 BombCat
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Laser Maverick missiles
Laser Maverick missiles
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Ah-1W Cobra
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Tomahawk
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AV-8B Harriers got into the act as well.
AV-8B Harriers got into the act as well.
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Parachute jumpers
Parachute jumpers
S-3 trying to fly like a bird
S-3 trying to fly like a bird
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S-3 Viking
S-3 Viking
F/A-18 engine test
F/A-18 engine test
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Ch-46 bringing the first wave of Marines ashore
Ch-46 bringing the first wave of Marines ashore
One bomb and one anti radiation HARM missile
One bomb and one anti radiation HARM missile
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EA-6B electronic attack plane
EA-6B electronic attack plane
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Ea-6B
Ea-6B
Marines load into a CH-46 SeaKnight for the ride to war.
Marines load into a CH-46 SeaKnight for the ride to war.
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E-2C Hawkeye
E-2C Hawkeye
Sailor on lookout watch.
Sailor on lookout watch.
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Fire crewmen
Fire crewmen
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Carrier refuelin an escort
Carrier refuelin an escort
Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders showing the sailors what their fighting for, no damn burkas for us....
Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders showing the sailors what their fighting for, no damn burkas for us....
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Sidewinder
Sidewinder
Note red line on deployed leading edge slats, this was a navy thing to allow visual confirmation of flight control surfaces before launch.
Note red line on deployed leading edge slats, this was a navy thing to allow visual confirmation of flight control surfaces before launch.
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Fuel in the F-14
Fuel in the F-14
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S-3 Viking, by this point the anti submarine mission had been replaced and they were used for in flight refueling.
S-3 Viking, by this point the anti submarine mission had been replaced and they were used for in flight refueling.
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Note deployed slats and wingtip mounted spreader air brakes
Note deployed slats and wingtip mounted spreader air brakes
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E-2C starting her engines
E-2C starting her engines
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Ch-46
Ch-46
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Marines in Kandahar
Marines in Kandahar
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P-3C Orion
P-3C Orion
S-3 had a landing gear failure
S-3 had a landing gear failure
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Fuel transfer system
Fuel transfer system
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