How The U.S. Fights ISIS From The Sea
More than a quarter of all airstrikes made against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have come from aircraft carriers like the USS Carl Vinson.By Jake Godin | December 16, 2014
This is the USS Carl Vinson. In October, it relieved the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.
Since then, it's served as the home base for airstrikes against ISIS fighters, resources and bases in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The $4.5 billion aircraft carrier is home to 2,100 personnel and more than a dozen jets worth $57 million each. According to a recent report by The New York Times, more than a quarter of the 1,200 airstrikes made against ISIS so far have been from a carrier.