A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet has shot down a Syrian government operated Su-22 shortly after it bombed US-backed Syrian fighters in North Syria the Pentagon have confirmed.
The F/A-18E which shot down the Su-22 belongs to Carrier Air Wing 8, operating off of the USS George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean Sea.
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The news has been confirmed by the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve.
“At approximately 4:30 p.m. Syria time, June 18, Pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of JaDin, South of Tabqah, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.
Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town. Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the Coalition contacted its Russian counterpart by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.
At 6:43 p.m.. a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet.”
The full text of the release can be seen below.
The USS George H.W. Bush is part of Operation Inherent Resolve in and has been “critical” to the efforts to defeat Islamic State.
Capt. Will Pennington, Bush’s commanding officer said in a statement to the press:
“The defeat and destruction of ISIS was our primary concern and our ship-air wing team performed superbly.
Moving that effort into the 5th Fleet AOO allowed us to not only continue that critical fight but to also demonstrate our commitment to our allies and partners in a critical region of the world.”
The supercarrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 has conducted more than 4,700 sorties and used 813,000 pounds of ordnance in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), made two port calls and travelled more than 27,000 nautical miles.