As my update to Thursday’s post indicated:
The F-14D Super Tomcat loan program has been put on temporary hold, but not because the aircraft carrier serving as home base for the Navy’s final active squadron is headed for standby duty in the Middle East as reported Tuesday.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt, Navy sources confirmed Wednesday, is actually headed out to sea to engage in a series of long-planned multi-national war games with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and an array of other Navy vessels.
It’s Operation Bold Step, and it runs through the end of the month.
The exercises and training will see the last-ever carrier landings for the Tomcat.
I know that Tomcat fans had been hoping to see their plane in action one last time, but it was an extreme longshot at best.