Super Hornet Squadron Heads To Sea, Makes Kick-Ass Cruise Video

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VFA-27 "Royal Maces," a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron deploys aboard the USS George Washington and the highlights of their cruise are captured in one awesome video set to music.

The Royal Maces are part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), based out of NAF Atsugi, Japan. As America's only forward deployed Air Wing, CVW-5 gets some of the Navy's best aviators. The importance of the George Washington and her Air Wing have been underlined by the DoD and the Obama Administration's attempts at "pivoting" the military's focus away from counter insurgency operations (COIN) in the Middle East and towards battle over vast distances and potentially against advanced peer state enemies, some with area-denial/anti-accesss (AD-A2) capabilities.

So basically, the Royal Maces and their Super Hornets are considered the "tip of the spear" when it comes to America's ability to react fast to crisis in the most troubled areas of the world. A heavy task to say the least. That is why it is so great to see that the squadron still take the time to show us all how awesome their job is via some well placed GoPros and some killer editing!

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I was a member of VS-21, the "Fighting Redtails", also based in Atsugi, and part of CVW-5 back in the late 90's. Back then, digital cameras were just beginning to come out, but nothing like the Go Pro video stuff seen here. I have nothing but memories and a few grainy actual photos of my time on the carrier. An amazing time in my life that I wouldn't change for the world. If you guys think this is amazing, which it totally IS, imagine getting to watch an F-14 go to full AB night after night. It was all so normal to see for us, but looking back now it really was something special that only a select few got to see.