The Super Hornet is still a weak aircraft just like its older sister. As stated above, the Navy should have gone full tilt with the F-14D. The F-14D can fly farther, faster and with a greater payload than either the F/A-18C or the F/A-18E/F. Also, the arguement stating that the F/A-18E/F is capable of carrying a wider variety of weapons than the F-14 holds no water. The F-14 could be wired to carry everything in the inventory if the Navy wanted it to.
Current pilots and RIOs transisitioning from the Tomcat the the Super Hornet are not impressed. Less power, less gas, less range. The only thing they do like is that they are flying new aircraft. That being said, they could be flying around in new F-14Ds.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower