A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter on June 18, after the Syrian jet dropped bombs on forces who oppose Syrian President Hafez Assad. The shoot-down is the first for the F/A-18 since it joined the inventory 15 years ago, and the first of any kind for the Navy since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Seapower Magazine reported June 19. The Hornet is assigned to Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), and conducted its mission from the carrier George H.W. Bush, which was operating in the Mediterranean Sea at the time, Seapower reported.
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