By Benjamin S. Lambert
Contemporary campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq have validated that American provider air strength can behavior coordinated deep-strike missions way past coastal reaches, supplying round the clock objective assurance, always exact objective assault, and a number of profitable targer assaults according to sortie.
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Another occurred in 1994 during Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, when USS America (CV-66) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) were temporarily stripped of their air wings to transport the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the aviation brigade of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, respectively. 38 American Carrier Air Power at the Dawn of a New Century (CVN-68), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-70), Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), and Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) would soon encounter in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
3 During these operations, the Navy’s EA-6Bs played a new role. In the past, they had focused mainly on jamming enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) radars. 4 Those operations were supported by an elaborate inflight refueling scheme, with carrier-based S-3 tankers orbiting off the coast of Pakistan to top off inbound Navy strike aircraft just before the latter proceeded to their holding stations over Afghanistan. Air Force KC____________ 3 Thomas E. Ricks and Vernon Loeb, “Initial Aim Is Hitting Taliban Defenses,” Washington Post, October 8, 2001.
S. Naval Institute, March 2002, pp. 94–96. S. Innovation,” Washington Post, March 26, 2002. 28 An arrangement was worked out during Enduring Freedom whereby allied SOF units were also able to provide fine-resolution target imagery to the F-14s. The FTI system uses a two-hour tape recorder and transceiver enabling the RIO to capture and store any video imagery acquired by the aircraft’s systems, including the TARPS pod, the pilot’s head-up display (HUD), the Television Camera System (TCS, essentially a daytime zoom lens), and the LANTIRN pod.
American Carrier Air Power at the Dawn of a New Century by Benjamin S. Lambert