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F/A-18A-D Hornet

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160808-N-OR652-205 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160808-N-OR652-205 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160731-N-QI061-050 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) load an MK 84/BLU 117 2,000-pound general-purpose bomb onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
160731-N-QI061-050 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) load an MK 84/BLU 117 2,000-pound general-purpose bomb onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

160731-N-OR652-404 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160731-N-OR652-404 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160731-N-OR652-368 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 taxis onto the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160731-N-OR652-368 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 taxis onto the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160731-N-OR652-146 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) load an MK 84/BLU 117 2,000-pound general-purpose bomb onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160731-N-OR652-146 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) load an MK 84/BLU 117 2,000-pound general-purpose bomb onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160731-N-OR652-256 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) A pilot performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160731-N-OR652-256 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) A pilot performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160730-N-OR652-022 ARABIAN GULF (July 30, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Steven Glysson, left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Phillip Starkey make final checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prior to launching from flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160730-N-OR652-022 ARABIAN GULF (July 30, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Steven Glysson, left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Phillip Starkey make final checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prior to launching from flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160728-N-OR652-258 ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160728-N-OR652-258 ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160725-N-KK394-169 ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160725-N-KK394-169 ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160717-N-WC455-014 GULF OF ADEN (July 17, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Charles Riley conducts maintenance on an F/A-18C trailing edge flap serve cylinder in the hydraulics shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)
160717-N-WC455-014 GULF OF ADEN (July 17, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Charles Riley conducts maintenance on an F/A-18C trailing edge flap serve cylinder in the hydraulics shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)

160716-N-BL607-072 ARABIAN GULF (July 16 2016) An F/A-18D Hornet from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 533 conducts air operations and maritime surface warfare training with the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Jenkins/Released)
160716-N-BL607-072 ARABIAN GULF (July 16 2016) An F/A-18D Hornet from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 533 conducts air operations and maritime surface warfare training with the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Jenkins/Released)

160712-N-MQ094-280 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160712-N-MQ094-280 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently on an 8-month combat deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160703-N-PE636-287 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 3, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Evan Bell directs an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160703-N-PE636-287 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 3, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Evan Bell directs an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently on an 8-month combat deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160628-N-KJ380-182 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Neo Greene III/Released)
160628-N-KJ380-182 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Neo Greene III/Released)

160626-N-DZ642-128 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 26, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160626-N-DZ642-128 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 26, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, performs a supersonic fly-by off the port side of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160622-N-KK394-191 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 22, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160622-N-KK394-191 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 22, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160622-N-KK394-142 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 22, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160622-N-KK394-142 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 22, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160620-N-DZ642-087 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 20, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
160620-N-DZ642-087 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 20, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, left, receives fuel in-flight from an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160614-N-DZ642-044 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160614-N-DZ642-044 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160614-N-DZ642-032 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160614-N-DZ642-032 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, prepares to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160611-N-PE636-045 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 11, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)
160611-N-PE636-045 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 11, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160609-N-GK939-068 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 9, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 prepares to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) June 8, 2016. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lindsay A. Preston/Released)
160609-N-GK939-068 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 9, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 prepares to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) June 8, 2016. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lindsay A. Preston/Released)

160608-N-DZ642-117 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 8, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Richard Simcoe, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, arms ordnance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) June 8, 2016. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
160608-N-DZ642-117 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 8, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Richard Simcoe, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, arms ordnance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) June 8, 2016. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160606-N-DZ642-050 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 6, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160606-N-DZ642-050 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 6, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160603-N-PE636-298 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An F/A-18C Super Hornet, assigned to the
160603-N-PE636-298 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An F/A-18C Super Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, prepares to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/ Released)

160518-N-VH385-201 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 18, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornetsand a F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 prepare to launch from the flightdeck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony/Released)
160518-N-VH385-201 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 18, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornetsand a F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 prepare to launch from the flightdeck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony/Released)

160506-N-GL819-165 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2016) An F/A-18C Super Hornet from the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 waits to taxi onto a catapult on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy Photo by Airman Courtney Leavitt/Released)
160506-N-GL819-165 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2016) An F/A-18C Super Hornet from the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 waits to taxi onto a catapult on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy Photo by Airman Courtney Leavitt/Released)

160428-M-XD442-764 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
160428-M-XD442-764 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)

160428-M-XD442-766 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
160428-M-XD442-766 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)

160428-M-XD442-765 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
160428-M-XD442-765 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)

160428-M-XD442-767 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
160428-M-XD442-767 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)

160428-M-XD442-768 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
160428-M-XD442-768 IWAKUNI, Japan (April 28, 2016) Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)

160411-N-OR652-105 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 11, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160411-N-OR652-105 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 11, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160410-N-KK394-046 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 10, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Justin Weide (left) and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Gabriel Borge safety wire a blast defuser on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160410-N-KK394-046 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 10, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Justin Weide (left) and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Gabriel Borge safety wire a blast defuser on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160409-N-BH414-048 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 9, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 repair the landing gear of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casey S. Trietsch/Released)
160409-N-BH414-048 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 9, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 repair the landing gear of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casey S. Trietsch/Released)

160315-N-DZ642-041 ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160315-N-DZ642-041 ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, to launch from aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160202-N-GK939-170 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160202-N-GK939-170 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay A. Preston/Released)

160202-N-GK939-277 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160202-N-GK939-277 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay A. Preston/Released)

160114-N-MQ094-120 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
160114-N-MQ094-120 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2016) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

151231-N-DZ642-166 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151231-N-DZ642-166 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, prepares to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class B. Siens/Released)

151231-N-NU281-023 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151231-N-NU281-023 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)

151229-N-NU281-021 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 29, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman R. Simcoe, assigned to the
151229-N-NU281-021 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 29, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman R. Simcoe, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, inspects ordnance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)

151207-N-KK394-091 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 are underway preparing for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)
151207-N-KK394-091 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 are underway preparing for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)

151130-N-MQ094-315 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 30, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151130-N-MQ094-315 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 30, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

151120-N-WA189-044 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 20, 2015) A Navy F/A 18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA 34), also known as the Blue Blaster, breaks away after conducting an aerial refueling with a KC-135 from the 185th Air Wing, assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard during UNITAS Atlantic. UNITAS 2015, the U.S. Navy's longest running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile, Oct. 13-24, 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil, Nov. 13-24, 2015. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)
151120-N-WA189-044 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 20, 2015) A Navy F/A 18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA 34), also known as the Blue Blaster, breaks away after conducting an aerial refueling with a KC-135 from the 185th Air Wing, assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard during UNITAS Atlantic. UNITAS 2015, the U.S. Navy's longest running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile, Oct. 13-24, 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil, Nov. 13-24, 2015. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)

151121-N-NV908-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Thunderbolts, along with all Carrier Air Wing One aircraft, are on their way home after completing an eight-month deployment as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)
151121-N-NV908-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Thunderbolts, along with all Carrier Air Wing One aircraft, are on their way home after completing an eight-month deployment as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)

151117-N-GK939-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151117-N-GK939-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Strike Group is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston/Released)

151117-N-GK939-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151117-N-GK939-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Strike Group is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston/Released)

151116-N-GK939-115 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
151116-N-GK939-115 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Strike Group departs Naval Station Norfolk to deploy in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. With CVN 75 as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESON) 28 and ships USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gravely (DDG 107), and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston/Released)

151110-N-CQ428-020 WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2015) Cpl. Victor Bonilla, from Denver, applies sealant to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Case/Released)
151110-N-CQ428-020 WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2015) Cpl. Victor Bonilla, from Denver, applies sealant to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Case/Released)

151106-N-NV908-099 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 6, 2015) Marines perform an engine swap on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)
151106-N-NV908-099 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 6, 2015) Marines perform an engine swap on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)

151027-N-AO748-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet from the
151027-N-AO748-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet from the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 334 prepares to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is currently deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 2015 seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiana A. Raines/Released)

151003-N-IC565-009 ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 3, 2015) Airman Nicholas Amond fuels an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium-left Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)
151003-N-IC565-009 ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 3, 2015) Airman Nicholas Amond fuels an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium-left Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

150923-N-DZ642-078 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman B. Siens/Released)
150923-N-DZ642-078 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman B. Siens/Released)

150914-N-EH855-021 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Kelvin Tyrone fuels an F/A-18C Super Hornet attached to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is operating in Southern California waters, preparing to deploy around South America as a part of Southern Seas 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
150914-N-EH855-021 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Kelvin Tyrone fuels an F/A-18C Super Hornet attached to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is operating in Southern California waters, preparing to deploy around South America as a part of Southern Seas 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

150710-N-WD161-197 ARABIAN GULF (July, 10, 2015) Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) after flying an F/A-18C Hornet attached to Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class D'Artanyan Ratley/Released)
150710-N-WD161-197 ARABIAN GULF (July, 10, 2015) Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) after flying an F/A-18C Hornet attached to Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 251. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class D'Artanyan Ratley/Released)

150615-N-ZG705-040 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2015) Lt. B. J. Burnham signals to launch an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and firefighting. Upon successful completion of TSTA, Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K. H. Anderson/Released)
150615-N-ZG705-040 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2015) Lt. B. J. Burnham signals to launch an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and firefighting. Upon successful completion of TSTA, Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K. H. Anderson/Released)

150609-N-QH848-012 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 9, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class K. B. Armstrong, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class J. V. Zhao inspect an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications and tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and fire drills. Upon successful completion of TSTA, the ship will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A. A. Cruz/Released)
150609-N-QH848-012 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 9, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class K. B. Armstrong, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class J. V. Zhao inspect an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications and tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and fire drills. Upon successful completion of TSTA, the ship will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A. A. Cruz/Released)

150523-N-FI568-007 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 23, 2015) Lance Cpl. Jeremy Flowers performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)
150523-N-FI568-007 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 23, 2015) Lance Cpl. Jeremy Flowers performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)

150506-N-TP834-310 INDIAN OCEAN (May 6, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150506-N-TP834-310 INDIAN OCEAN (May 6, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150430-N-DV340-297 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) An F/A-18C Super Hornet assigned to the Vampires of Fighter Attack Squadron (VX) 9, is launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
150430-N-DV340-297 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) An F/A-18C Super Hornet assigned to the Vampires of Fighter Attack Squadron (VX) 9, is launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

150408-N-SI600-080 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) A Marine assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 inspects ordnance attached to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150408-N-SI600-080 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) A Marine assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 inspects ordnance attached to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

150408-N-SI600-088 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 inspect ordanance attached to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150408-N-SI600-088 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 inspect ordanance attached to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

150408-N-BM202-112 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) Marines attached to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 unload ordnance from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Camilo E. Fernan/Released)
150408-N-BM202-112 RED SEA (April 8, 2015) Marines attached to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 unload ordnance from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Camilo E. Fernan/Released)

150305-N-IM823-157 FALLON, Nev. (March 5, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center taxis at Naval Air Station Fallon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)
150305-N-IM823-157 FALLON, Nev. (March 5, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center taxis at Naval Air Station Fallon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

150216-N-TP834-402 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 16, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Michael Martinez, of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, consults a computerized publication during an inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150216-N-TP834-402 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 16, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Michael Martinez, of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, consults a computerized publication during an inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150216-N-TP834-102 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 16, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joshua Williams, of Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, cleans the fuselage of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150216-N-TP834-102 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 16, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joshua Williams, of Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, cleans the fuselage of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150125-N-SB299-409 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 25, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar/Released)
150125-N-SB299-409 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 25, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar/Released)

150122-N-TP834-018 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 22, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Nathaniel Christerson, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150122-N-TP834-018 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 22, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Nathaniel Christerson, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150115-N-GN619-068 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 lands on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
150115-N-GN619-068 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 lands on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)

150115-N-ZZ999-138 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise to test the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150115-N-ZZ999-138 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2015) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise to test the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

150114-N-ZZ999-032 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 14, 2015) Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN) 71 perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251. Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150114-N-ZZ999-032 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 14, 2015) Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN) 71 perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Thunderbolts of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251. Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 remove a training AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 remove a training AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 remove a training AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 remove a training AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile from an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 4, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Joseph Newman/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 4, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet Area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Joseph Newman/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 makes one of the final arrested recoveries of 2014 on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 makes one of the final arrested recoveries of 2014 on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 22 , 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 22 , 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Adam Zimniak directs an aircraft on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Adam Zimniak directs an aircraft on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 is the first jet to trap on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 is the first jet to trap on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 is the first aircraft to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) since April 2013. John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 is the first aircraft to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) since April 2013. John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 5, 2014) Aviation ordnancemen unload a laser-guided bomb from the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 5, 2014) Aviation ordnancemen unload a laser-guided bomb from the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 28, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Glenn Morgan, from the Stringers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 28, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Glenn Morgan, from the Stringers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 22, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 22, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 20, 2014) Aviation ordnancemen load a laser guided bomb onto the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 20, 2014) Aviation ordnancemen load a laser guided bomb onto the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2014) Sailors attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launch F/A-18C Hornet strike fighters from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is returning to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after completing a deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations and theater security efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Ian Crimmins/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2014) Sailors attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launch F/A-18C Hornet strike fighters from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is returning to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after completing a deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations and theater security efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Ian Crimmins/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 12, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 12, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

KEY WEST, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Fighting Omars of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12 launches from Boca Chica Field. Naval Air Station Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/Released
KEY WEST, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Fighting Omars of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12 launches from Boca Chica Field. Naval Air Station Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/Released

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Regan Veneracion, from Manila, Philippines, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Christopher Smith, from Mariana, Fla., perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Regan Veneracion, from Manila, Philippines, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Christopher Smith, from Mariana, Fla., perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 13, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Kirk Jones, from New York, tests electronics on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 13, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Kirk Jones, from New York, tests electronics on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 9, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 clean an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 9, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 clean an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 4, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 4, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2014) Sailors prepare to install a jet engine into an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Juan Antonio Salinas-Leon/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2014) Sailors prepare to install a jet engine into an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Juan Antonio Salinas-Leon/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Angel Marquez, from San Diego, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, performs an 84-day inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. The U.S.-only biennial exercise focuses on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Angel Marquez, from San Diego, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, performs an 84-day inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. The U.S.-only biennial exercise focuses on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 22, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Hugo Vanegas, from Los Angeles, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, checks the integrity of the air data system of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise in which participation will focus on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 22, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Hugo Vanegas, from Los Angeles, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, checks the integrity of the air data system of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise in which participation will focus on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 17, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 perform maintenance on an axle lever to an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise in which participation will focus on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 17, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 perform maintenance on an axle lever to an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise in which participation will focus on the integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2014) Sailors clear the catapult area as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2014) Sailors clear the catapult area as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 5, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor, from Fort Worth, Texas, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, inspects a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 5, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor, from Fort Worth, Texas, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, inspects a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 29, 2014) Sailors prepare to arm an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 29, 2014) Sailors prepare to arm an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Whittington, from St. Augustine, Fla., performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Whittington, from St. Augustine, Fla., performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 22, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Adam Kaczmarek, right, from Venice, Fla., and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Karla Gaddie, from Derby, Kan., perform a corrosion inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 22, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Adam Kaczmarek, right, from Venice, Fla., and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Karla Gaddie, from Derby, Kan., perform a corrosion inspection on an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 13, 2014) Sailors clean an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 13, 2014) Sailors clean an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Joshua Metzer, from Pensacola, Fla., assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Joshua Metzer, from Pensacola, Fla., assigned to the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, checks the tail hook of an F/A-18C Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Ulm/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Lt. Michael Cassidy, from Arlington, Va., assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Lt. Michael Cassidy, from Arlington, Va., assigned to the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, climbs into the cockpit of an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Ulm/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JULY 26, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (JULY 26, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 18, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 18, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) pulls alongside during flight operations. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Seelbach/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) pulls alongside during flight operations. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Seelbach/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 11, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 11, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 8, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Robert Barth, from Belpre, Ohio, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Christopher Smith, from Marianna, Fla., conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 8, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Robert Barth, from Belpre, Ohio, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Christopher Smith, from Marianna, Fla., conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

NORFOLK (June 25, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Justin Wagner paints an F/A-18C Hornet training jet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
NORFOLK (June 25, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Justin Wagner paints an F/A-18C Hornet training jet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the "Valions" of the Strike fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) Two F/A-18C Hornets attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) Two F/A-18C Hornets attached to the "Valions" of the Strike fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 prepare for flight aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 21, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to
ARABIAN GULF (June 21, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua K. Horton/Released)

KEY WEST, Fla. (June 18, 2014) A plane captain places his hands on his head to warn pilots of maintainers checking an F/A-18C assigned to the Fighting Omars of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12 for the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program at Boca Chica Field. Naval Air Station Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released)
KEY WEST, Fla. (June 18, 2014) A plane captain places his hands on his head to warn pilots of maintainers checking an F/A-18C assigned to the Fighting Omars of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12 for the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program at Boca Chica Field. Naval Air Station Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 18, 2014) A Sailors make final engine run inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 18, 2014) A Sailors make final engine run inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 18, 2014) A Sailor makes final engine run inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 18, 2014) A Sailor makes final engine run inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 17, 2014) An F/A18C Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Harry Andrew D. Gordon/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 17, 2014) An F/A18C Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Harry Andrew D. Gordon/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 17, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 17, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) A F/A-18C Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) A F/A-18C Hornet attached to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron Squadron (VFA) 15, prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 15, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua P. Card/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 9, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Richard Lim, left, from Redwood City, Calif., assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, uses hand signals to communicate commands during a landing gear test on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Joint Task Force Exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 9, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Richard Lim, left, from Redwood City, Calif., assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, uses hand signals to communicate commands during a landing gear test on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Joint Task Force Exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Dexter Bowden, left, from San Diego, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Katie Griffith from Mesa Ariz., both assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, fasten door panels of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Dexter Bowden, left, from San Diego, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Katie Griffith from Mesa Ariz., both assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, fasten door panels of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 30, 2014) Sailors prepare for flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 30, 2014) Sailors prepare for flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (May 21, 2014) Lt. Jon Hill, naval aviator assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 131 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet before Green Flag 14-07, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Green Flag is a realistic air-land integrated combat training exercise involving the different branches of the U.S. military and its allies. Green Flag exercises provide critical joint training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition military members per year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler/Released)
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (May 21, 2014) Lt. Jon Hill, naval aviator assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 131 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., performs pre-flight checks on an F/A-18C Hornet before Green Flag 14-07, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Green Flag is a realistic air-land integrated combat training exercise involving the different branches of the U.S. military and its allies. Green Flag exercises provide critical joint training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition military members per year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 conduct maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 9, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) Sailors help prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) Sailors help prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren K. Jennings/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren K. Jennings/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren K. Jennings/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren K. Jennings/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Aaron Semo helps prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway performing flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Aaron Semo helps prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway performing flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2014) Cmdr. Thomas Winkler, commanding officer of the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on flight deck in an F/A-18C Hornet after an aerial change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2014) Cmdr. Thomas Winkler, commanding officer of the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on flight deck in an F/A-18C Hornet after an aerial change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, taxis across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks prior to the ship's return to homeport. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donald R. White Jr./Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Aircraft launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Aircraft launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Marines signal that pre-flight checks have been completed as an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Marines signal that pre-flight checks have been completed as an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks prior to the ship's return to homeport. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Donald R. White Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (March 17, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 21, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 21, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 11, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jeremy Babbs, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 11, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jeremy Babbs, assigned to the "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, tightens fasteners on the gun door of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dion Dawson/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 25, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 25, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 9, 2014) F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 9, 2014) F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, fly in formation during an aerial change of command ceremony over the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Cpl. Clint Williams, from Durham, N.C., left, and Cpl Robby Ofield, from Santa Fe, Tenn., remove a generator from an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Cpl. Clint Williams, from Durham, N.C., left, and Cpl Robby Ofield, from Santa Fe, Tenn., remove a generator from an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFMA) 312, in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 fly in formation above the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11. CVW-11 fixed wing aircraft flew off Nimitz to return home after more than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Sharpshooters of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 lands on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Sharpshooters of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 lands on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 25, 2013) Sailors perform maintenance on the fuel system of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/ Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 25, 2013) Sailors perform maintenance on the fuel system of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/ Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Nov. 13, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Nov. 13, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 6, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 moves across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during flight operations. Nimitz is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 6, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 moves across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during flight operations. Nimitz is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 8, 2013) Cpl. Casey Hourigan, left, and Lance Cpl. Christopher Armstrong, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, perform maintenance on the arresting hook actuator of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 8, 2013) Cpl. Casey Hourigan, left, and Lance Cpl. Christopher Armstrong, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, perform maintenance on the arresting hook actuator of an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 06, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brandon Shreve, left, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brendon Holman, assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, clean an F/A-18C Hornet on flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacob S. Richardson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 06, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brandon Shreve, left, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brendon Holman, assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, clean an F/A-18C Hornet on flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacob S. Richardson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 27, 2013) Cpl. Oren Pierce, from Steamboat Springs, Colo., performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 27, 2013) Cpl. Oren Pierce, from Steamboat Springs, Colo., performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 25, 2013) Lance Cpls. Alex Vincze, left, and Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312, polish the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 25, 2013) Lance Cpls. Alex Vincze, left, and Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312, polish the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 25, 2013) Lance Cpl. Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312, polishes the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 25, 2013) Lance Cpl. Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 312, polishes the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 17, 2013) Airman Victoria Cheverdine, on deck, signals to Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Lyons, both assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, while preparing for flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 17, 2013) Airman Victoria Cheverdine, on deck, signals to Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Lyons, both assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, while preparing for flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 14, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Timothy Hayhurst, from Napa, Calif., assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 14, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Timothy Hayhurst, from Napa, Calif., assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 9, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Anthony Juliano directs an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class April Adams/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 9, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Anthony Juliano directs an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class April Adams/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric M. Butler/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 5, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Apprentice Zechariah Eger, top left, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Joseph Atkin and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jeremy Mitchell, all three assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, perform a scheduled inspection on a F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater cooperation efforts and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Laura Hoover/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 5, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Apprentice Zechariah Eger, top left, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Joseph Atkin and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jeremy Mitchell, all three assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, perform a scheduled inspection on a F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater cooperation efforts and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Laura Hoover/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 misses the arresting gear wire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 misses the arresting gear wire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Derrick Brooks helps prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch off of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Derrick Brooks helps prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch off of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN6). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN6). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to launch. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee /Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to launch. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee /Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 31, 2013) Aviation ordnancemen assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lift a missile on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee /Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 31, 2013) Aviation ordnancemen assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lift a missile on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee /Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 flies over the Arabian Sea after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 flies over the Arabian Sea after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 2, 2013) Cpl. Matthew Hoove, left, and Sgt. Alanna Puzzvoli, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, perform a structural integrity check on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Sept. 2, 2013) Cpl. Matthew Hoove, left, and Sgt. Alanna Puzzvoli, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, perform a structural integrity check on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Sailors place training ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Sailors place training ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Aviation ordnancemen standby to load ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Aviation ordnancemen standby to load ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George J. Penney III/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George J. Penney III/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 27, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Harry S. Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Laura Hoover/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 27, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Harry S. Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Laura Hoover/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls Strike Fighter Squadron 37 is readied for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls Strike Fighter Squadron 37 is readied for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate stands by with a weight board as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate stands by with a weight board as an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate prepares an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 for launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate prepares an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 for launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet, top, assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet, top, assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 19, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Sovannara Dy, from Richmond, Va., assists as Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Rochel Roque, of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, from Mangilao, Guam, replaces packing on a fuel inlet tube on a jet engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 19, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Sovannara Dy, from Richmond, Va., assists as Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Rochel Roque, of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, from Mangilao, Guam, replaces packing on a fuel inlet tube on a jet engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

RED SEA (Aug. 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Nicholas Flanagan prepares an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 for fueling in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
RED SEA (Aug. 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Nicholas Flanagan prepares an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 for fueling in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) Sailors push back an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) Sailors push back an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Stephanie Dringenberg, from Covina, Calif., prepares to connect a fuel hose to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Stephanie Dringenberg, from Covina, Calif., prepares to connect a fuel hose to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Simons, left, from Paris, Ill., and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Alex Cripqs, from Smithville, Tenn., assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, help attach ordnance to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)</p>

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Simons, left, from Paris, Ill., and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Alex Cripqs, from Smithville, Tenn., assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, help attach ordnance to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)


ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Jerome Singh, from Oakland, Calif., refuels an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Jerome Singh, from Oakland, Calif., refuels an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 attach ordnance to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)</p>

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 attach ordnance to an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)


U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 12, 2013) Lance Cpl. Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, cleans the windshield of an F/A-18C Hornet in preparation for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 12, 2013) Lance Cpl. Ricardo Robles, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, cleans the windshield of an F/A-18C Hornet in preparation for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Freddy Rivera, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, cleans an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)</p>

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Freddy Rivera, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, cleans an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)


ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Airman Jessica Legaspi, from San Diego, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Barry Brandall, from Indianapolis, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, clean an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Airman Jessica Legaspi, from San Diego, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Barry Brandall, from Indianapolis, assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, clean an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lorelei R. Vander Griend/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Harold Doe, from Pelham, N.C., assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, cleans the landing gear of a F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Harold Doe, from Pelham, N.C., assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, cleans the landing gear of a F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) Airman Jessica Legaspi, from San Diego, wipes down the landing gear of a F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) Airman Jessica Legaspi, from San Diego, wipes down the landing gear of a F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 31, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 for launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 31, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 for launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 31, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 31, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) A plane captain signals a pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) A plane captain signals a pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 29, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 29, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 26, 2013) Cpl. Steven Gillham, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., left, and Lance Cpl. Nathan Chomoa, from Cleveland, Ohio, conduct serialization on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 26, 2013) Cpl. Steven Gillham, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., left, and Lance Cpl. Nathan Chomoa, from Cleveland, Ohio, conduct serialization on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 25, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 25, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) Sailors push back an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) Sailors push back an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Joshua Sledz, right, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Robert Buschman work on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Joshua Sledz, right, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Robert Buschman work on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 17, 2013) An An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 17, 2013) An An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2013) An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Shooters of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron Training 101 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Terry Godette/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2013) An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Shooters of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron Training 101 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Terry Godette/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches off the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) Cpl. Kristen F. Starkus places a panel on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) Cpl. Kristen F. Starkus places a panel on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Chip J. Kasperczyk, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, performs air data testing on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Victoria I. Ochoa/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Chip J. Kasperczyk, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, performs air data testing on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Victoria I. Ochoa/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 19, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 15, 2013) Plane captains run checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (June 15, 2013) Plane captains run checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

RED SEA (June 13, 2013) F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron 83 sit on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
RED SEA (June 13, 2013) F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron 83 sit on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 11, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 into place for takeoff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 11, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 into place for takeoff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

RED SEA (June 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
RED SEA (June 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA 323) 323 is cleared for takeoff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA 323) 323 is cleared for takeoff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Raven Romero gives the weight of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 as it prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Raven Romero gives the weight of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 as it prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 8, 2013) An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 8, 2013) An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) Sailors load ammunition into an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) Sailors load ammunition into an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 6, 2013) Sailors work on the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 6, 2013) Sailors work on the wing of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 11, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Donald Smith, from Las Vegas, Nev., cleans the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class DJ Revell/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 11, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Donald Smith, from Las Vegas, Nev., cleans the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class DJ Revell/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 10, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 10, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 8, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 8, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cyd M. Vargas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cyd M. Vargas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Hazel/ Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Hazel/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class John C. Greenlee, from Anchor, Ill., left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Matthew J. Hanck, from Columbus, Ohio, inspect an electronic control unit on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Linda S. Swearingen/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class John C. Greenlee, from Anchor, Ill., left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Matthew J. Hanck, from Columbus, Ohio, inspect an electronic control unit on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Linda S. Swearingen/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 4, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 approaches for a landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cyd M. Vargas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 approaches for a landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cyd M. Vargas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are on a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 1, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are on a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 begins its ascent after being launched off the catapult of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 recently left San Diego for a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 begins its ascent after being launched off the catapult of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 recently left San Diego for a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2013) A Marine assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 pauses to wipe his goggles while working on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 recently left San Diego for a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2013) A Marine assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 pauses to wipe his goggles while working on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 recently left San Diego for a deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 22, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 22, 2013) Sailors spot an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 22, 2013) Sailors spot an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 18, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling Airman Rodrick Brown transports an F-18C Hornet to hangar bay 1 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Brock/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 18, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling Airman Rodrick Brown transports an F-18C Hornet to hangar bay 1 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Brock/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 18, 2013) The ship's flight deck officer Lt. Kent Davis, from Coupeville, Wash., left, directs Sailors as they move an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 18, 2013) The ship's flight deck officer Lt. Kent Davis, from Coupeville, Wash., left, directs Sailors as they move an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 15, 2013) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 15, 2013) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15,2013) Sailors prepare to remove a part of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15,2013) Sailors prepare to remove a part of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 10, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Kathleen Caldwell, from Sun Valley, Idaho, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing 11 are currently underway for a Sustainment Training Exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 10, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Kathleen Caldwell, from Sun Valley, Idaho, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Death Rattlers of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing 11 are currently underway for a Sustainment Training Exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 9, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Beaty, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, pilots an F/A-18C Hornet over mountainous terrain while conducting combat missions with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 9, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Beaty, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, pilots an F/A-18C Hornet over mountainous terrain while conducting combat missions with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 9, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Beaty pilots an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 while conducting aerial refueling with an Air Force KC-135R during combat missions with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 9, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Beaty pilots an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 while conducting aerial refueling with an Air Force KC-135R during combat missions with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Sailors perform a pushback on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Sailors perform a pushback on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks signals for the forward movement of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks signals for the forward movement of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 22, 2013) A pilot salutes prior to take off in an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana / Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 22, 2013) A pilot salutes prior to take off in an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana / Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 22, 2013) Sailors observe as an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 22, 2013) Sailors observe as an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

(March 20, 2013) GULF OF ADEN Airman Jacob T. Townsend guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
(March 20, 2013) GULF OF ADEN Airman Jacob T. Townsend guides an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks clears the launching area as an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks clears the launching area as an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 11, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Danangelo Tulabot, from the Philippines, directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 11, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Danangelo Tulabot, from the Philippines, directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

<p>SOUDA BAY, Greece (March 6, 2013) An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 transits U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay. Based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. the mission of the Silver Eagles' is to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft under all-weather conditions and attack and destroy surface targets. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)</p>

SOUDA BAY, Greece (March 6, 2013) An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 transits U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay. Based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. the mission of the Silver Eagles' is to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft under all-weather conditions and attack and destroy surface targets. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)


MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 5, 2013) A plane captain uses hand signals to communicate with an F/A-18C Hornet pilot assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 5, 2013) A plane captain uses hand signals to communicate with an F/A-18C Hornet pilot assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 21, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Amanda Mason, from Sandwich, Ill., cleans an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/ Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 21, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Amanda Mason, from Sandwich, Ill., cleans an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 13, 2013) Sailors watch as an F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 approaches the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting precision approach landing system and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 13, 2013) Sailors watch as an F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 approaches the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting precision approach landing system and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Samuel Perez launches an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 from aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Samuel Perez launches an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 from aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 21, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Amanda Walker, from St. Mary's, Ga., signals that an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 is ready to move on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 21, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Amanda Walker, from St. Mary's, Ga., signals that an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 is ready to move on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alexandria Hannum, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Christopher Diaz perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alexandria Hannum, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Christopher Diaz perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 16, 2013) A catapult and arresting gear officer signals for the launch of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 16, 2013) A catapult and arresting gear officer signals for the launch of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2012) Lt. Jamie Roman, dressed as Santa Claus, launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Dwight D. Eisenhower is returning to its homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2012) Lt. Jamie Roman, dressed as Santa Claus, launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Dwight D. Eisenhower is returning to its homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 7, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 7, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

MEDITERRANIAN SEA (Dec. 2, 2012) Capt. Samuel Paparo launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for the last time as commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport at Norfolk, Va. after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)
MEDITERRANIAN SEA (Dec. 2, 2012) Capt. Samuel Paparo launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for the last time as commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport at Norfolk, Va. after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)

RED SEA (Nov. 29, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Adam R. Cole/Released)
RED SEA (Nov. 29, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Adam R. Cole/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 21, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). VFA-83 and Dwight D. Eisenhower are returning to Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 21, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). VFA-83 and Dwight D. Eisenhower are returning to Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 21, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). VFA-83 and Dwight D. Eisenhower are returning to Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 21, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). VFA-83 and Dwight D. Eisenhower are returning to Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2012) A plane captain assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 wipes down the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway participating in the ship's Joint Task Force Exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2012) A plane captain assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 wipes down the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet before flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway participating in the ship's Joint Task Force Exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 9, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/Released).
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 9, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/Released).

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2012) Cpl. Chris Farinella, from Patchogue, N.Y., assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship's joint task force exercise (JTFEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Winn/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2012) Cpl. Chris Farinella, from Patchogue, N.Y., assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship's joint task force exercise (JTFEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Winn/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 2, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Salmon, top, assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, waits while an Air Force F-22 Raptor refuels with an Air Force KC-10A. VFA-103 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 2, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Salmon, top, assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, waits while an Air Force F-22 Raptor refuels with an Air Force KC-10A. VFA-103 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 30, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 30, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (OCT. 30, 2012) Sailors push an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in preparation for flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (OCT. 30, 2012) Sailors push an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 in preparation for flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 19, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 19, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 7, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), pilots an F/A-18C Hornet over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 7, 2012) Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), pilots an F/A-18C Hornet over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

U.S. U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 9, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Nate Lyon, assigned to aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), conducts flight operations. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
U.S. U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 9, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Nate Lyon, assigned to aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), conducts flight operations. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 2, 2012) F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 conduct in-flight refueling with a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender during flight operations. CVW-7 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)
U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 2, 2012) F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 conduct in-flight refueling with a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender during flight operations. CVW-7 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements in the region. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements in the region. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

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	ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 26, 2012) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 from catapult two aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)</p>

ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 26, 2012) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 from catapult two aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)


U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 hooks an arresting gear wire on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 hooks an arresting gear wire on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

US 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 13, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Bloom/Released)
US 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 13, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Bloom/Released)

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 12, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 12, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 8, 2012) Lt. Col. Simon Doran, commanding officer of the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251, launches in an F/A-18C Hornet from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 8, 2012) Lt. Col. Simon Doran, commanding officer of the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251, launches in an F/A-18C Hornet from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 29, 2012) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 from a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 29, 2012) A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 from a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

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	Capt. Stephen R. Miggins, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 F/A-18 pilot and assistant operations officer, refuels from a KC-130J during flight training in support of Pitch Black 2012 Aug. 15. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)</p>

Capt. Stephen R. Miggins, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 F/A-18 pilot and assistant operations officer, refuels from a KC-130J during flight training in support of Pitch Black 2012 Aug. 15. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)


U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 15, 2012) Capt. Robert D. Boyer, the incoming commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 for an aerial change of command. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 15, 2012) Capt. Robert D. Boyer, the incoming commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 for an aerial change of command. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug.14, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Bloom/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug.14, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Bloom/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 11, 2012) An F/A-18A Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, a fleet replacement squadron for the F/A-18A and F/A-18D legacy Hornets, prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 11, 2012) An F/A-18A Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, a fleet replacement squadron for the F/A-18A and F/A-18D legacy Hornets, prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 9, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 9, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 7, 2012) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 prepare an F/A-18C Hornet for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Randy J. Savarese/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 7, 2012) Marines assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 prepare an F/A-18C Hornet for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Randy J. Savarese/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 2, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Elizabeth Regal, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) prepares to launch an F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)
5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 2, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Elizabeth Regal, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) prepares to launch an F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Bulls of Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 37 launches from the the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Bulls of Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 37 launches from the the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (July 10, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (July 10, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

SUEZ CANAL (July 16, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 is parked on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as it passes under the Friendship Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. Following five months operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Lincoln entered the U.S. 6th Fleet en route to the U.S. to complete an eight-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
SUEZ CANAL (July 16, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 is parked on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as it passes under the Friendship Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. Following five months operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Lincoln entered the U.S. 6th Fleet en route to the U.S. to complete an eight-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (July 11, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (July 11, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released)

120520-N-GZ832-126 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 20, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)
120520-N-GZ832-126 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 20, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

120514-N-YX169-533 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
120514-N-YX169-533 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

120514-N-GZ832-127 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)
120514-N-GZ832-127 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

120514-N-GZ832-600 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)
120514-N-GZ832-600 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

120508-N-GA424-047 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 taxies to catapult one in preparation for launch from the flight deck. Nimitz is conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
120508-N-GA424-047 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 taxies to catapult one in preparation for launch from the flight deck. Nimitz is conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

120506-N-WD757-079 MANAMA, Bahrain (May 6, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Julia Velasquez inspects an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
120506-N-WD757-079 MANAMA, Bahrain (May 6, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Julia Velasquez inspects an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

120506-N-ZI635-242 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)
120506-N-ZI635-242 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)

120501-N-BQ817-107 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 1, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A.J. Jones/Released)
120501-N-BQ817-107 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 1, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A.J. Jones/Released)

120430-N-RG587-117 INDIAN OCEAN (April 30, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dean M. Cates/Released)
120430-N-RG587-117 INDIAN OCEAN (April 30, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dean M. Cates/Released)

120426-N-SR846-196 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 performs a touch and go landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rob Rupp/Released)
120426-N-SR846-196 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 performs a touch and go landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rob Rupp/Released)

120418-N-TY650-003 ARABIAN SEA (April 18, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonteil Johnson/Released)
120418-N-TY650-003 ARABIAN SEA (April 18, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonteil Johnson/Released)

100601-N-3595W-001 ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2010) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina K. Wollman/Released)
100601-N-3595W-001 ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2010) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina K. Wollman/Released)

An F/A-18C Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo
An F/A-18C Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo

An F/A-18 Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 prepares to catapult from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).  U.S. Navy photo
An F/A-18 Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 prepares to catapult from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy photo

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). U.S. Navy photo
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). U.S. Navy photo

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	An F/A-18 Hornet drops weapons while on a training mission. U.S. Navy photo</p>

An F/A-18 Hornet drops weapons while on a training mission. U.S. Navy photo


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	An F/A-18 Hornet from the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 is given the signal to launch off an aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo</p>

An F/A-18 Hornet from the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 is given the signal to launch off an aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo