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.
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.