Military Photo: Word Bombs

Posted: 03/01/2005

(Mar. 18, 2005) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41), drops a Payload Delivery Unit Five (PDU-5) bomb filled with leaflets approximately 1 mile away from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a training exercise. Leaflets lay out the consequences of actions in an effort to ensure local civilian populations are properly informed. Each leaflet is typically 3-by-6 inches in size, written in Arabic, and are dropped in fiberglass containers that explode over designated areas to increase scatter and drift to the ground. Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11) are currently conducting a Joint Task Force Training Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Elisabeth Ann Saccotelli

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