The F/A-18 proved itself during the Gulf War in operation Desert Storm.
It carried out fighter-bomber as well as air superiority missions. A total
of 90 F/A-18s were part of the US Navy participating in the war. At the peak
of the air campaign each Hornet flew two sorties a day. The US
Marine Corps provided another 48 F/A-18A Hornets. The Hornet carried out
more than 60% of the bombing missions over Iraq. During the entire
conflict the only aircraft that was lost in air-to-air combat was a
F/A-18. Also Canadian F/A-18s took part, a total of 26 CF-18As provided
air defense for coalition aircraft.
In 1992-1995 Hornets took part of the Air War over Bosnia. US Navy
and USMC F/A-18Cs and Ds as well as Spanish EF-18A+ Hornets carried
out escort missions as well as air strikes. And later in the 1990s once again
F/A-18s took off from their carriers to participate in the strike
against Yugoslavia and proved itself well.