While I’m on an S-3 roll (Thanks Drew!)
The Iraqi Freedom cruise saw many firsts for the S-3 community, being the first time squadrons deployed with both the SLAM-ER (standard land attack missile extended range) and Maverick missile. For VS-38 we made history by being the only S-3 squadron to fire a warshot in combat when “Jake” 701 accompanied by an FA-18 for target acquisition fired a Maverick missile into Saddam’s Yacht which was being used as a command and control communications center. I couldn’t find a picture of 701, though I know there are some out there with the “kill” marking on her, but I have a picture here of the target and a VS-38 jet loaded with a Maverick. This mission was one of our few flown during daylight, so I did not participate in the launch, I did work with the ordies that loaded the weapon that night. Boy were they excited when the bird came back with the missile gone!
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