VIRGINIA BEACH -- 10 pilots flew in to NAS Oceana Friday morning after being gone eight months.
The Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron 34 left in December and flew aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego. The Navy says the deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom was supposed to last five months, but they were extended twice.
As part of Carrier Air Wing TWO, the Blue Blasters executed 479 OEF missions and racked up 2,940 combat flight hours while employing their weapons with 100% accuracy in support of coalition ground forces. The squadron completed a total of 1,465 sorties for 4,350 hours for the entire deployment.
The rest of the squadron's personnel will arrive aboard Lincoln next Tuesday, August 7.