Less than a month after 9/11 the United States Navy sent a swarm ashore. The F/A-18A/C had entered service in 1984 and had proven itself in the first gulf war. This time it was personal, no holds barred, and no quarter given. The USN had three carrier groups actively supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the umbrella term for the war against the Tailban and Al Quesadillas, not a typo but an insult.
With tanker support from Britain and the USAF, the Hornets dropped bombs daily for three months. Unfortunately you can’t bomb a country into being civilized or democratic but we did the best we could to send as many bad guys to their supposed paradise as soon as possible.