The USS George H.W. Bush continues to support airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq with its primary weapon — the flight deck.
In June, the ship was re-tasked from supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and ordered to the Persian Gulf. As the militant Islamic State group swept across parts of northern Iraq, aircraft from the Bush began flying armed patrol missions over the country.
F/A-18s launched from the Bush are among aircraft conducting airstrikes in Iraq since President Barack Obama authorized them on Aug. 7 to protect U.S. personnel and support aid efforts for members of an Iraqi minority trapped by the militants.
The Bush is in the middle of a nine-month deployment to the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.