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F/A-18 Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler
 
Latest update: June 2018

Company: Boeing (Mc Donnel Douglas before merger with Boeing).
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed). Act. No. of aircraft operational.
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview F/A-18 (Super) Hornet and Growler
 
Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
F/A-18A 586       586 0 91 204 35 24     280
F/A-18B 110       110 0 10 24 3 1     74
F/A-18C 581       581 0 82 65 2       432
F/A-18D 191       191 0 28 9         154
F/A-18E 340   20   321 19 7 4         310
F/A-18F 312   4   301 11 12 3         286
EA-18G 175       165 10   1         164
Total 2.295   24   2.255 40 230 310 40 25     1.700
 
F/A-18A/B F/A-18C/D F/A-18E/F EA-18G
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia 111       111 0 4 1         106
Canada 138       138 0 20 29 1       88
Finland 64       64 0 1   1 1     63
Kuwait 68       68 0   7         61
Malaysia 8       8 0             8
Spain 72       72 0 10 1   24     85
Switzerland 34       34 0 4           30
USA 1.800   24   1.760 40 191 272 38       1.259
Total 2.295   24   2.255 40 230 310 40 25     1.700
 
Comment(s):

Australia:

The F/A-18A to F/A-18D models are referred to as legacy Hornets. The F/A-18E/F are known as Super Hornet and the EA-18G as Growler.

EA-18G:

One of four EA-18G Growlers deployed at Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag 18-1 suffered a possible engine fire and coming to rest at the side of the runway on Saturdat January 27, 2018. Both crewmembers escaped the aircraft unharmed.

Canada:

Designated its Hornets CF-188 and CF-188B but in above overview listed as F/A-18A and F/A-18B respectively. The same applies for Spain with the EF-18A and EF-18B.

On 22nd November Canada announced it will open a transparant competition to replace its Hornet fleet. Of the original 138 aircraft 77 remain operational. As interim meassure the Canadian government intends to purchase F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force.

Kuwait:

Boeing Defence was awarded a contract to build 32 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F Super Hornets on June 27, 2018. Work is to be completed by January 2021.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved a possible sale of 40 Boeing Defense Super Hornets. The announcement was made on November 17th, 2016. Kuwait made a request to purchase 32 F/A-18E and 8 F/A-18F aircraft. When contracted the sale will be concluded by through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Super Hornets will replace the current 'legacy' Hornets in service.

On April 5th, 2016 Kuwait ordered 28 Eurofighters (tranche 3) divided into 22 EF-2000s and 6 EF-2000(T)s.

Spain:

Purchased 24 F/A-18As from the US Navy to augment their fleet of EF-18A/B Hornets.
 
USN F/A-18 Hornet operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VFA-2 CVW-2 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-11 CVW-1 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFC-12 CVWR-20 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-14 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-15 CVW-14 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-22 CVW-17 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-25 CVW-7 F/A-18E    NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-27 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-31 CVW-8 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-32 CVW-3 F/A-18F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-34 CVW-2 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-37 CVW-8 F/A-18C    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-41 CVW-9 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-81 CVW-17 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-83 CVW-7 F/A-18C    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-86 CVW-3 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-87 CVW-8 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-94 CVW-17 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-97 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-102 CVW-5 F/A-18F   Atsugi United States  
VFA-103 CVW-7 F/A-18F    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-105 CVW-3 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-106   F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-113 CVW-17 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-115 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-122   F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-131 CVW-3 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-136 CVW-1 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-137 CVW-2 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-143 CVW-7 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-146 CVW-11 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-147 CVW-11 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-151 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-154 CVW-11 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-192 CVW-2 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-195 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-204 CVWR-20 F/A-18A+   New Orleans JRB United States  
VFA-211 CVW-1 F/A-18F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-213 CVW-8 F/A-18F    NAS Oceana United States  
 
Comment(s):

Test and Development squadrons (NAS Patuxent River, NAS China Lake) and "Topgun" NAS Fallon not yet included.  
 
USMC F/A-18 Hornet operators  
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VMFAT-101 MAW-3 F/A-18A/B/C/D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-112 MAW-4 F/A-18A+   Fort Worth JRB United States  
VMFA-115 MAW-2 F/A-18A+   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-122 MAW-2 F/A-18C   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA(AW)-224 MAW-2 F/A-18D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA(AW)-225 MAW-3 F/A-18D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-232 MAW-3 F/A-18C   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA(AW)-242 MAW-1 F/A-18D   Iwakuni United States  
VMFA-251 MAW-2 F/A-18C/D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-312 MAW-2 F/A-18C   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-314 MAW-3 F/A-18C/D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-323 CVW-11 F/A-18C   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA(AW)-533 MAW-2 F/A-18D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
 
USN EA-18 Growler operators  
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VAQ-129   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-130 CVW-3 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-131 CVW-8 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-132   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-133 CVW-9 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-134 CVW-14 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-135   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-136 CVW-2 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-137 CVW-1 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-138   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-139 CVW-17 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-141 CVW-5 EA-18G   Atsugi United States  
VAQ-142 CVW-11 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-209   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
 
Current operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
  82 Wing EA-18G   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
1 Squadron 82 Wing F/A-18F   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
3 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
6 Squadron 82 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
75 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Tindal Australia  
77 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
2 (OCU) 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
401 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
409 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
410 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
425 Squadron 3 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Bagotville Canada  
433 Squadron 3 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Bagotville Canada  
HävLLv 11 Lapland AC F/A-18C/D   Rovaniemi Finland  
HävLLv 31 Karelia AC F/A-18C/D   Rissala Finland  
9 FS   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
25 FS   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
61 Tr. Sqdn   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
    F/A-18D     Malaysia  
Ala 12 121 Esc. EF-18M/BM 12-xx Torrejón Spain  
Ala 12 122 Esc. EF-18M/BM 12-xx Torrejón Spain  
Ala 15 151 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Ala 15 152 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Ala 15 153 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Fl St 11 Fl Geschw 13 F/A-18C/D   Meiringen Switzerland  
Fl St 17 Fl Geschw 11 F/A-18C/D   Payerne Switzerland  
Fl St 18 Fl Geschw 11 F/A-18C/D   Payerne Switzerland  
 
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Finnish Air Force F/A-18C Spanish Air Force EF-18A Swiss Air Force F/A-18D
     
   
US Navy F/A-18F