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F/A-18 Hornet

NAS Lemoore is the Navy’s newest, largest and only West Coast master jet base. As such, it is homeport for every Navy strike fighter squadron on the West Coast. These squadrons are now equipped exclusively with F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft.

These all-weather fighter and attack aircraft are this nation’s first strike fighter aircraft. They are designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising fighter capabilities. The newest model Super Hornet is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike. In its fighter mode, the F/A-18 is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.

F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in  37 tactical squadrons from air stations worldwide, and from 10 aircraft carriers.

 

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