EXCLUSIVE: Flying Off A Carrier To Fight ISIS

On board the USS George HW Bush, Simon Newton meets some of the crew keeping her giant flight deck operating day and night.

Taking off from an aircraft carrier is no joke, especially while fighting on the front line against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The aircrew of the USS George HW Bush know this well, as they are currently back in the Gulf to conduct strike missions.

The 1,092-foot-long carrier is one of the world's largest warships and is home to four fighter squadrons.

These include the US Navy's primary strike fighter, the F/A 18 Super Hornet, known as the 'Rhino'.

The $98-million Super Hornet is an upgrade on its smaller forbear, and can fly up to 1,400 miles per hour.

Since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, a military intervention against ISIS, the US has carried out more than 16,000 airstrikes. 

Last December Pentagon officials claimed 50,000 ISIS fighters had been killed. 

Forces News has gained exclusive access to the aircraft carrier as it returns to the Gulf.