Two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets aboard the USS Nimitz hit ISIS targets in Iraq last Wednesday, the first time the U.S. has launched airstrikes in the region from an aircraft carrier since March 2018.
The attack was part of Operation Inherent Resolve, an ongoing joint effort by the armed forces of dozens of nations against the Islamic State.
The USS Nimitz is the oldest of the Navy's aircraft carriers. It has been in the Persian Gulf since September 18 and is accompanied by the USS Princeton (a guided-missile cruiser) and the USS Sterett and USS Ralph Johnson (guided-missile destroyers). The vessels' presence there is meant to ward off aggression and ensure free commerce.
In the long window between the prior U.S. carrier-launched airstrike and last week's, U.S. aircraft launched from amphibious landing vessels have conducted airstrikes in the region.