The F/A-18C Hornet will be officially retired in 2021 – The F/A-18C Hornet, a fighter jet that once crowded the decks of aircraft carriers by the dozens, has left the carriers.
The F/A-18C Hornet will be officially retired in 2021
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The Marine Corps Mortar Carrier Squadron’s F/A-18C Hornet fighters have returned from their last flight.
Naval Air Warfare Squadron Combat Attack Squadron 323 has returned from its deployment to the carrier Nimitz. The carrier aircraft and squadron spent a total of 10 months at sea, a very long period in KOVID-19 quarantine, and an extended tour of Iran in the Persian Gulf. The squadron departed Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in early May 2020.
According to the Marine Corps Times, Feb. 25 was the squadron’s last flight. Here’s a video of F/A-18F Super Hornets and Des Rattlers refueling F/A-18C’s in Kuwait last year.
The F/A-18C Hornets entered service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the mid-1980s and have been in continuous service ever since, serving combat roles in every major conflict for the past four decades, including the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Navy has replaced all of its active Hornet models with the more advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-35C fighter jets. They continued to serve as part of the U.S. Navy’s reserve squadron, but new.
The Marine Corps is looking for longer service with the Hornet fleet, but that is not true. Unlike the Navy, the Marines skipped the purchase of the larger and more capable F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighters and decided to wait for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The F-35 is several years behind schedule and the Marines have had to rely on older aircraft than expected. The Marine C Corps’ carrier withdrawal may be delayed by as much as three years.
The VMFA-323 will replace the F/A-18C Hornet with the new F-35B, a short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the F-35. This will mark the end of the VMFA-323 carrier’s career, but the -B variant is only compatible with US and Wasp-class amphibious assault aircraft.
The Marine Corps has acquired a small number of F-35C carriers, with the first squadron, VMFA-314, declared operational late last year.