Blue Blaster’s CAG-bird

F/A-18C Hornet-equipped Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA-34) ‘Blue Blasters’ based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. On January 5, CVW-2 embarked on the USS Carl Vinson for a deployment to the Western Pacific. The squadron’s CAG-bird, F/A-18C Hornet BuNo 165403/NE400, is seen conducting field carrier landing practice at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on January 4 two days after leaving the paint shop.
Dan Stijovich