NAVAIR

F/A-18E-F Super Hornet

580 Images

Super Hornet slick sheet cover
Super Hornet slick sheet cover

160810-N-QN175-056 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Sean Pettit sands an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 in the Hangar Bay 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)
160810-N-QN175-056 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Sean Pettit sands an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 in the Hangar Bay 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

160808-N-OR652-166 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 launches 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)
160808-N-OR652-166 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 launches 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)

160803-N-QN175-006 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 3, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 2nd Class Devin McKenna, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class William Mittag replace the canopy pressure seal of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)
160803-N-QN175-006 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 3, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 2nd Class Devin McKenna, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class William Mittag replace the canopy pressure seal of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

160803-N-QN175-024 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 3, 2016) Airman Justin Saulbury, of Gainesville, Va., fuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)
160803-N-QN175-024 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 3, 2016) Airman Justin Saulbury, of Gainesville, Va., fuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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 Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

160731-N-OR652-287 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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-OR652-287 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 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-OR652-200 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 prepares to make an arrested landing 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-OR652-200 ARABIAN GULF (July 31, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 prepares to make an arrested landing 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)

160729-N-GZ947-133 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelverton from Goldsboro, North Carolina, places a safety cone over ordnance attached to an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160729-N-GZ947-133 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelverton from Goldsboro, North Carolina, places a safety cone over ordnance attached to an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160728-N-OR652-030 ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Taierica Buller, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck. 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-OR652-030 ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Taierica Buller, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck. 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)

160722-N-QI061-122 ARABIAN GULF (July 22, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman John Galicia, from Hayward, Calif., cleans the windshield of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of 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 Third Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
160722-N-QI061-122 ARABIAN GULF (July 22, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman John Galicia, from Hayward, Calif., cleans the windshield of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of 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 Third Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

160722-N-QI061-052 ARABIAN GULF (July 22, 2016) Aviation ordnancemen load ordnance to the wing of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of 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 Nathan T. Beard/Released)
160722-N-QI061-052 ARABIAN GULF (July 22, 2016) Aviation ordnancemen load ordnance to the wing of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of 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 Nathan T. Beard/Released)

160713-N-XX566-367 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 performs a touch-and-go maneuver on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160713-N-XX566-367 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 performs a touch-and-go maneuver on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160713-N-NF288-093 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 13, 2016) Cmdr. Adrian Calder, commanding officer of the
160713-N-NF288-093 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 13, 2016) Cmdr. Adrian Calder, commanding officer of the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, performs a pre-flight inspection on his F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Cmdr. Daniel Cochran relieved Calder as the new commanding officer of VFA-27 during a change of command ceremony held partly in the skies above the carrier. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in 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 Jamaal Liddell/Released)

160712-N-XX566-114 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 install a horizontal stab on an F/A-18E Super hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)
160712-N-XX566-114 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 install a horizontal stab on an F/A-18E Super hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)

160712-N-XX566-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelberton, from Goldsboro, North Carolina, performs maintenance on an M61A2 20mm machine gun for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160712-N-XX566-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelberton, from Goldsboro, North Carolina, performs maintenance on an M61A2 20mm machine gun for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160704-N-ON707-182 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 4, 2016) Sailors stand on an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to get a better view of the
160704-N-ON707-182 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 4, 2016) Sailors stand on an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to get a better view of the "fireworks" during the ship's Independence Day celebration. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in 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 2nd Class James Mullen/Released)

160703-N-KK394-011 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 3, 2016) Airman Justin Saulsbury, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman (Fuels) Joseph Hall refuel an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160703-N-KK394-011 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 3, 2016) Airman Justin Saulsbury, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman (Fuels) Joseph Hall refuel an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160624-N-YB023-049 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kevin Mitchell, from San Antonio, observes an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 perform a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
160624-N-YB023-049 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kevin Mitchell, from San Antonio, observes an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 perform a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

160624-N-YB023-060 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
160624-N-YB023-060 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

160713-N-XX566-367 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 performs a touch-and-go maneuver on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160713-N-XX566-367 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 13, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 performs a touch-and-go maneuver on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Rim of the Pacific. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160712-N-XX566-114 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 install a horizontal stab on an F/A-18E Super hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)
160712-N-XX566-114 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 install a horizontal stab on an F/A-18E Super hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/ Released)

160712-N-XX566-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelberton, from Goldsboro, North Carolina, performs maintenance on an M61A2 20mm machine gun for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160712-N-XX566-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Yelberton, from Goldsboro, North Carolina, performs maintenance on an M61A2 20mm machine gun for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC providers 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160712-N-KK394-060 RED SEA (July 12, 2016) - Sailors refuel an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160712-N-KK394-060 RED SEA (July 12, 2016) - Sailors refuel an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160703-N-KK394-065 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 3, 2016) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Jordan Farley cleans the cockpit windshield of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160703-N-KK394-065 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 3, 2016) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Jordan Farley cleans the cockpit windshield of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160702-N-KJ380-010 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 2, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alexander Anderson, left, Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Cody Chrysler, middle, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Alyana Reyes unscrew panels on a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 Sidewinders in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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)
160702-N-KJ380-010 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 2, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alexander Anderson, left, Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Cody Chrysler, middle, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Alyana Reyes unscrew panels on a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 Sidewinders in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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-KK394-247 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160628-N-KK394-247 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160628-N-KK394-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare to load ordnance onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160628-N-KK394-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare to load ordnance onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160628-N-KK394-073 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors load ordnance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160628-N-KK394-073 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors load ordnance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160628-N-KK394-143 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160628-N-KK394-143 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160628-N-KK394-018 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare to load ordnance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160628-N-KK394-018 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare to load ordnance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160627-N-GZ947-181 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Michael Riter directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160627-N-GZ947-181 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Michael Riter directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160627-N-GZ947-232 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160627-N-GZ947-232 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160626-N-DZ642-022 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 26, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160626-N-DZ642-022 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 26, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, left, and an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, prepare 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 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)

160624-N-YB023-060 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
160624-N-YB023-060 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting tests of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET), which will provide improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

160617-N-VH385-764 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 17, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Fredrick Thompson, foreground, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Zarius Grant signal to the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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)
160617-N-VH385-764 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 17, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Fredrick Thompson, foreground, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Zarius Grant signal to the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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)

160617-N-UU859-031 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160617-N-UU859-031 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, 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 Seaman Jordan Twiss/Released)

160616-N-PE636-169 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 16, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160616-N-PE636-169 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 16, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Pukin Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Not Released)

160618-N-YB023-220 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 18, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Frederick Thompson awaits approval to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
160618-N-YB023-220 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 18, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Frederick Thompson awaits approval to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

160618-N-YD641-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
160618-N-YD641-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches from the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)

160618-N-ZU663-005 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation. The formation included F/A-18 Hornets from the
160618-N-ZU663-005 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation. The formation included F/A-18 Hornets from the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, the "Vigilantes" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, and the "Warhawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Steve Smith/Released)

160618-N-ZU663-004 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The formation included F/A-18 Hornets from the
160618-N-ZU663-004 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The formation included F/A-18 Hornets from the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, the "Vigilantes" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, and the "Warhawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) are conducting dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Steve Smith/Released)

160615-N-YD641-084 WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 15, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). While landing on an aircraft carrier, pilots will approach at full speed to allow them to immediately take off in case they do not catch an arresting wire. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in 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 3rd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)
160615-N-YD641-084 WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 15, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). While landing on an aircraft carrier, pilots will approach at full speed to allow them to immediately take off in case they do not catch an arresting wire. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in 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 3rd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)

160614-N-MY174-127 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/ Released)
160614-N-MY174-127 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/ Released)

160614-N-GZ947-303 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Matthew Fitzgerald directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations in adverse weather conditions. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160614-N-GZ947-303 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Matthew Fitzgerald directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations in adverse weather conditions. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160614-N-NF288-232 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 14, 2016) Sailors on the flight deck catch their breath alongside an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
160614-N-NF288-232 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 14, 2016) Sailors on the flight deck catch their breath alongside an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 during a break in flight operations on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The flight deck is one of the most dangerous work environments due to the density of hazards--jets blasts, spinning rotors and aircraft launches--in a relatively small platform 90 feet above the water's surface. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in 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 Jamaal Liddell/Released)

160614-N-QI061-007 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Eric Holden assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). This ship and its Carrier Strike Group are 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 Nathan Beard/Released)
160614-N-QI061-007 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Eric Holden assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). This ship and its Carrier Strike Group are 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 Nathan Beard/Released)

160614-N-IG466-095 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160614-N-IG466-095 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released)

160613-N-NU281-046 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 13, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160613-N-NU281-046 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 13, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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 Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

160612-N-PE636-104 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 12, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160612-N-PE636-104 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 12, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160608-N-MY174-038 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 8, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches off of USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/Released)
160608-N-MY174-038 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 8, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches off of USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tomas Compian/Released)

160607-N-WC455-058 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 7, 2016) Airman Jaquelin Ramirez drives a spotting dolly to move an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently underway as part of Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG)'s deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. With CVN 69 as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 and ships USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)
160607-N-WC455-058 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 7, 2016) Airman Jaquelin Ramirez drives a spotting dolly to move an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently underway as part of Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG)'s deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. With CVN 69 as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 and ships USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)

160606-N-DZ642-226 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 6, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160606-N-DZ642-226 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 6, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160605-N-DA693-092 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, left, assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepare to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)
160605-N-DA693-092 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, left, assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepare to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)

160605-N-DA693-092 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, left, assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepare to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)
160605-N-DA693-092 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, left, assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepare to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)

160603-N-PE636-133 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160603-N-PE636-133 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160603-N-PE636-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Raimon Hubbard directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160603-N-PE636-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Raimon Hubbard directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman 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. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160602-N-NU281-236 SUEZ CANAL (June 2, 2016) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Suez Canal. Harry S. Truman 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 Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
160602-N-NU281-236 SUEZ CANAL (June 2, 2016) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Suez Canal. Harry S. Truman 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 Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

160415-D-DT527-685 SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 15, 2016) Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ash Carter speaks to reporters as he tours the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as it sails the South China Sea during a visit to the Philippines April 15, 2016. Carter is visiting the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/Released)
160415-D-DT527-685 SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 15, 2016) Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ash Carter speaks to reporters as he tours the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as it sails the South China Sea during a visit to the Philippines April 15, 2016. Carter is visiting the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/Released)

160413-N-CF980-001 TOWNSVILLE, Australia (April 13, 2016) Aircrew and ordnance personnel assigned to the
160413-N-CF980-001 TOWNSVILLE, Australia (April 13, 2016) Aircrew and ordnance personnel assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 conduct a preflight inspection of a MK-83 general purpose bomb at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville, Queensland, Australia. VFA-115 is conducting bilateral operations with the RAAF as part of Exercise Black Dagger. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Chris Pagenkopf/Released)

160413-N-CF980-003 TOWNSVILLE, Australia (April 13, 2016) Aircrew and maintenance personnel assigned to the
160413-N-CF980-003 TOWNSVILLE, Australia (April 13, 2016) Aircrew and maintenance personnel assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet for a close air support training mission at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville, Queensland, Australia. VFA-115 is conducting bilateral operations with the RAAF as part of Exercise Black Dagger. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Chris Pagenkopf/Released)

160413-N-HI058-001 KANAGAWA, Japan (April 13, 2016) Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, top, leads members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-15J Eagles against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christian Frasher/Released)
160413-N-HI058-001 KANAGAWA, Japan (April 13, 2016) Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, top, leads members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-15J Eagles against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christian Frasher/Released)

160413-N-KK394-029 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 13, 2016) Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Frank Stoney inspects the cockpit of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160413-N-KK394-029 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 13, 2016) Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Frank Stoney inspects the cockpit of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160412-N-HI058-001 KANAGAWA, Japan (April 12, 2016) A member of Strike Fighter (VFA) Squadron 195 leads members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-4EJ Kai Phantom II against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Ryan Jackson/Released)
160412-N-HI058-001 KANAGAWA, Japan (April 12, 2016) A member of Strike Fighter (VFA) Squadron 195 leads members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-4EJ Kai Phantom II against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Ryan Jackson/Released)

160410-N-HI058-001  KANAGAWA, Japan (April 10, 2016) Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass leads a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-4EJ Kai Phantom II against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass/Released)
160410-N-HI058-001 KANAGAWA, Japan (April 10, 2016) Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass leads a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, during a week-long Benkyoukai exercise in an effort to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF. The dissimilar air combat training provided pilots of JASDF's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron with the opportunity to fly their F-4EJ Kai Phantom II against VFA-195's F/A-18E Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass/Released)

160410-N-DZ642-024 ARABIAN GULF (April 10, 2016) Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander, Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160410-N-DZ642-024 ARABIAN GULF (April 10, 2016) Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander, Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103. 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)

160407-N-KK394-008 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160407-N-KK394-008 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160406-N-OR652-247 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 takes off from the flight deck 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160406-N-OR652-247 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 takes off from the flight deck 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160406-N-OR652-107 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160406-N-OR652-107 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 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 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160406-N-BH414-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 conduct maintenance on a jet engine 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)
160406-N-BH414-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 conduct maintenance on a jet engine 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)

160405-N-UY653-032 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 for flight operations 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 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 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
160405-N-UY653-032 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 for flight operations 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 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 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

160405-N-UY653-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 prepares for flight operations 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 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 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
160405-N-UY653-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 prepares for flight operations 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 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 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

160403-N-MW280-044 ARABIAN SEA (April 3, 2016) An F/A-18 Hornet, flown by Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, top, commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, and an F/A-18 Super Hornet fly over the waters surrounding guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). Ramage is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group 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 Chase Hawley/Released)
160403-N-MW280-044 ARABIAN SEA (April 3, 2016) An F/A-18 Hornet, flown by Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, top, commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, and an F/A-18 Super Hornet fly over the waters surrounding guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). Ramage is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group 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 Chase Hawley/Released)

160331-N-EO381-287 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 31, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 J. Hopkins/Released)
160331-N-EO381-287 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 31, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 J. Hopkins/Released)

160330-N-KK394-128 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 30, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 lprepares to make an arrested landing 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 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160330-N-KK394-128 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 30, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 lprepares to make an arrested landing 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 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160324-N-OR652-210 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 takes off from the flight deck 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160324-N-OR652-210 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 takes off from the flight deck 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 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160320-N-EO381-058 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 23, 2016) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Apprentice Lisseite Reyes, assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, cleans an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 J. Hopkins/Released)
160320-N-EO381-058 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 23, 2016) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Apprentice Lisseite Reyes, assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, cleans an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 J. Hopkins/Released)

160323-N-XX566-087 WATERS SURROUNDING THE KOREAN PENINSULA (March 23, 2016) Sailors clean an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled U.S. 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160323-N-XX566-087 WATERS SURROUNDING THE KOREAN PENINSULA (March 23, 2016) Sailors clean an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled U.S. 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160320-N-KK394-118 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, pilots an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 as it lands on the ship's flight deck. Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160320-N-KK394-118 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, pilots an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 as it lands on the ship's flight deck. Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160313-N-JY875-148 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2016) An F/A 18E Super Hornet from the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, homeported to Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jaime Marcial/Released)
160313-N-JY875-148 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2016) An F/A 18E Super Hornet from the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, homeported to Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jaime Marcial/Released)

160309-N-GZ947-010 WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF JAPAN (March 9, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Johnny Gonzaga, from Washington, D.C., attaches a body panal on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago /Released)
160309-N-GZ947-010 WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF JAPAN (March 9, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Johnny Gonzaga, from Washington, D.C., attaches a body panal on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago /Released)

160307-N-GZ947-112 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 7, 2016) Three F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 fly in formation for an aerial change of command ceremony as Cmdr. Douglas Peterson is relieved by Cmdr. Matthew Doyle. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160307-N-GZ947-112 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 7, 2016) Three F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 fly in formation for an aerial change of command ceremony as Cmdr. Douglas Peterson is relieved by Cmdr. Matthew Doyle. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160305-N-EH855-059 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 5, 2016) Sailors refuel F/A-18E Super Hornets from the
160305-N-EH855-059 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 5, 2016) Sailors refuel F/A-18E Super Hornets from the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is homeported in Norfolk after serving seven years in Yokosuka, Japan as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

160303-N-MQ094-118 ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Eduardo Felix, assigned to the
160303-N-MQ094-118 ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Eduardo Felix, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, uploads ordnance to an F/A-18E Super 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 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

160303-N-MQ094-101 ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2016) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, upload ordnance to an F/A-18E Super 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 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)
160303-N-MQ094-101 ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2016) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, upload ordnance to an F/A-18E Super 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 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

160304-N-BN294-026 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 4, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Eric Melone / Released)
160304-N-BN294-026 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 4, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Eric Melone / Released)

160222-N-BR551-018 PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 24, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dakota Rayburn/Released)
160222-N-BR551-018 PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 24, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dakota Rayburn/Released)

160219-N-IG466-079 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 19, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanics 3rd Class Robert Green, left, and Jonathan Kulesza, assigned to the
160219-N-IG466-079 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 19, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanics 3rd Class Robert Green, left, and Jonathan Kulesza, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay 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 Adelola O. Tinubu/Released)

160217-N-MQ094-336 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 17, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160217-N-MQ094-336 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 17, 2016) Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, 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 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160211-N-GZ947-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 flies a mission. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160211-N-GZ947-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 flies a mission. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160211-N-GZ947-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 prepares to refuel aircraft. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160211-N-GZ947-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 prepares to refuel aircraft. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160211-N-GZ947-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 prepares to refuel an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160211-N-GZ947-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 prepares to refuel an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160206-N-GZ947-029 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 7, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Katherine Osborne, from Monmouth, Maine, tows an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160206-N-GZ947-029 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 7, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Katherine Osborne, from Monmouth, Maine, tows an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160203-N-TU932-024 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2016) The sun sets behind an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sierra D. Langdon/Released)
160203-N-TU932-024 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2016) The sun sets behind an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sierra D. Langdon/Released)

160202-N-GK939-155 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160202-N-GK939-155 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 2, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, 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 Seaman Lindsay A. Preston/Released)

160130-N-GZ947-133 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Matthew Fitzgerald directs Aviation Boatswian's Mate (Handling) Airman Willie-Earl Reed while towing an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160130-N-GZ947-133 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Matthew Fitzgerald directs Aviation Boatswian's Mate (Handling) Airman Willie-Earl Reed while towing an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160130-N-GZ947-083 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Alex Fernau, from St. Jospeph, Mich., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Hayden East, from Lake Charles, La., guide an arresting gear cable back it's start position after an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 landed on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160130-N-GZ947-083 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Alex Fernau, from St. Jospeph, Mich., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Hayden East, from Lake Charles, La., guide an arresting gear cable back it's start position after an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 landed on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160129-N-QD363-294 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2016) Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., commanding officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), takes off in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier. Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch/Released)
160129-N-QD363-294 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2016) Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., commanding officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), takes off in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier. Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch/Released)

160128-N-BR087-157 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) Airman Danny Genao, from Jersey City, N.J., cleans the window of an F/A18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole C. Pielop/Released)
160128-N-BR087-157 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) Airman Danny Genao, from Jersey City, N.J., cleans the window of an F/A18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole C. Pielop/Released)

160128-N-BR087-121 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) The sun rises behind an F/A18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole C. Pielop/Released)
160128-N-BR087-121 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) The sun rises behind an F/A18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole C. Pielop/Released)

160128-N-XX566-094 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Valentin Sanchez, from Brownsville, Texas, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Zack Smith, from New Caney, Texas, prepare launchers for F/A-18E Super Hornets on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160128-N-XX566-094 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Valentin Sanchez, from Brownsville, Texas, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Zack Smith, from New Caney, Texas, prepare launchers for F/A-18E Super Hornets on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160124-N-DZ642-192 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
160124-N-DZ642-192 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 24, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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)

160122-N-BR551-092 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dakota Rayburn/Released)
160122-N-BR551-092 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2016) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dakota Rayburn/Released)

160122-N-MY174-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2016) Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tomas Compian/Released)
160122-N-MY174-015 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2016) Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tomas Compian/Released)

160111-N-NU281-139 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 11, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160111-N-NU281-139 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 11, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, 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 Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

160104-N-DZ642-001 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 4, 2016) Sailors prepare to move an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
160104-N-DZ642-001 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 4, 2016) Sailors prepare to move an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, 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 B. Siens/Released)

151231-N-NU281-034  ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
151231-N-NU281-034 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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)

151230-N-NU281-288 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 30, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned, to the
151230-N-NU281-288 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 30, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned, to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, 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 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)

151228-N-DZ642-012 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
151228-N-DZ642-012 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of 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 B. Siens/Released)

151228-N-DZ642-118 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
151228-N-DZ642-118 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). 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. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class B. Siens/Released)

151225-N-ZZ999-027 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 25, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. J. Slager, assigned to the
151225-N-ZZ999-027 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 25, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. J. Slager, assigned to the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, pilots an F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Gulf of Oman as he flies near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. C. Wickware/Released)

151225-N-ZZ999-067 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 25, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) fly in formation over the Gulf of Oman. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Z. Goodrich/Released)
151225-N-ZZ999-067 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 25, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) fly in formation over the Gulf of Oman. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Z. Goodrich/Released)

151207-N-KK394-067 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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-KK394-067 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 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)

151203-N-DZ642-034 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 3, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
151203-N-DZ642-034 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 3, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, prepares to launch 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 Seaman B. Siens/Released)

151203-N-MQ094-360 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 3, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 flies above the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an air power demonstration. The 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/Released)
151203-N-MQ094-360 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 3, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 flies above the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an air power demonstration. The 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/Released)

151130-N-EH855-030 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 30, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Yukihiro Hohman and Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Matthew Harris perform a 336-day inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151130-N-EH855-030 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 30, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Yukihiro Hohman and Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Matthew Harris perform a 336-day inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are deployed in support of Southern Seas 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

151128-N-ZZ999-086 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28 2015) Sailors direct an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsman of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, with embarked Carrier Air Wing 3, is underway conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) as part of the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Casey S. Trietsch/Released)
151128-N-ZZ999-086 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28 2015) Sailors direct an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsman of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, with embarked Carrier Air Wing 3, is underway conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) as part of the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Casey S. Trietsch/Released)

151127-N-UY653-096 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 27, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway with embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) phase of their pre-deployment schedule. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
151127-N-UY653-096 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 27, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway with embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) phase of their pre-deployment schedule. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

151121-N-YD641-660 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151121-N-YD641-660 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

151121-N-NV908-264 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Red Rippers, 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-NV908-264 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Red Rippers, 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)

151118-N-GN619-109 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 18, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 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 3rd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
151118-N-GN619-109 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 18, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 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 3rd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)

151116-N-EH855-238 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Jamal Forkiner signals an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the
151116-N-EH855-238 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Jamal Forkiner signals an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 is ready to be launched from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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 iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS PACIFIC, hosted by Chile in October 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic hosted by Brazil in November. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

151116-N-EH855-257 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151116-N-EH855-257 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 stands by to be launched from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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 iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS PACIFIC, hosted by Chile in October 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic hosted by Brazil in Nov.. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

151116-N-EH855-104 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Anthony Holliday inspects an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151116-N-EH855-104 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Anthony Holliday inspects an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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 iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS PACIFIC, hosted by Chile in October 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic hosted by Brazil in November. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

151113-N-SB299-006 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2015) Aviation Mechanic 1st Class Luis Restrepo, from New York City, sands a F/A-18F Superhornet from the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 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 Alex Millar/Released)
151113-N-SB299-006 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2015) Aviation Mechanic 1st Class Luis Restrepo, from New York City, sands a F/A-18F Superhornet from the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 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 Alex Millar/Released)

151111-N-ZZ999-100 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 13, 2015) An F/A-18E of the
151111-N-ZZ999-100 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 13, 2015) An F/A-18E of the "Royal Maces" Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 trains with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s during an Integrated Defensive Counter-Air training event. VFA-27 is part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 embarked on board Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) which is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

151104-N-FO714-010 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 2nd Class Andrew Williams, from Corbett, Ore., tests the cabin pressure of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are participating in a sustainment training exercise (SUSTEX) to prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)
151104-N-FO714-010 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 2nd Class Andrew Williams, from Corbett, Ore., tests the cabin pressure of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are participating in a sustainment training exercise (SUSTEX) to prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

151031-N-NV908-122 SULU SEA (Oct. 31, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, lands 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)
151031-N-NV908-122 SULU SEA (Oct. 31, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, lands 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)

151028-N-YD641-136 WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 28, 2015) Guests from Republic of Korea (ROK) observe an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151028-N-YD641-136 WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 28, 2015) Guests from Republic of Korea (ROK) observe an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 as it launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a distinguished visitor embark. Ronald Reagan is participating in bilateral training with ROK Navy to strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance and improve regional stability. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

151027-N-FO714-017 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Christopher Hildreth, from Porterville, Calif., and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Nic Kellett, from Lemoore, Calif., replace tires on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Stennis' crew is currently conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)
151027-N-FO714-017 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Christopher Hildreth, from Porterville, Calif., and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Nic Kellett, from Lemoore, Calif., replace tires on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Stennis' crew is currently conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

151021-N-DV340-010 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 21, 2015) Sailors taxi an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
151021-N-DV340-010 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 21, 2015) Sailors taxi an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 onto an aircraft elevator aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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 scheduled for November. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

151017-N-GR120-100 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Joshue Chinbritton directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during Exercise Malabar 2015. Malabar is a continuing series of complex, high-end war fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)
151017-N-GR120-100 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Joshue Chinbritton directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during Exercise Malabar 2015. Malabar is a continuing series of complex, high-end war fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)

151016-N-OI810-440 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Oct. 16, 2015) Sailors observe an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the
151016-N-OI810-440 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Oct. 16, 2015) Sailors observe an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 approach the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

151017-N-NV908-188 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2015) Three F/A-18F Super Hornets prepare to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is participating in Exercise Malabar 2015 is a continuing series of complex, high-end war fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 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)
151017-N-NV908-188 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2015) Three F/A-18F Super Hornets prepare to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is participating in Exercise Malabar 2015 is a continuing series of complex, high-end war fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 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)

151002-N-GR120-113 ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 2, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)
151002-N-GR120-113 ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 2, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)

151009-N-EH855-060 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2015) Lt. Keith Ferrell launches an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
151009-N-EH855-060 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2015) Lt. Keith Ferrell launches an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

151010-N-GR120-124 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Oct. 10, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 launches from the flight deck of 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)
151010-N-GR120-124 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Oct. 10, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 launches from the flight deck of 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)

151001-N-ZZ999-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 fly alongside Peruvian Air Force MIG-29 and Mirage 2000 aircraft during a photo exercise above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 Lt. j.g. David Babka/Released)
151001-N-ZZ999-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 fly alongside Peruvian Air Force MIG-29 and Mirage 2000 aircraft during a photo exercise above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 Lt. j.g. David Babka/Released)

150929-N-ZZ999-031 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 29, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Steven Mathias conducts maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 in the hangar bay of 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 Seaman Joseph Yu/Released)
150929-N-ZZ999-031 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 29, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Steven Mathias conducts maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 in the hangar bay of 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 Seaman Joseph Yu/Released)

150926-N-OI810-034 WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 26, 2015) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Natasha Nordick, left, from Kaiserslautern, Germany, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Anthony Grino, middle, from Ilo Ilo, Philippines, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Darius Bresberry, from Hayti, Mo., install a bomb rack unit on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
150926-N-OI810-034 WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 26, 2015) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Natasha Nordick, left, from Kaiserslautern, Germany, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Anthony Grino, middle, from Ilo Ilo, Philippines, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Darius Bresberry, from Hayti, Mo., install a bomb rack unit on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

150926-N-YB023-085 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is preparing to deploy around South America as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150926-N-YB023-085 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is preparing to deploy around South America as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150924-N-YB023-128 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, lower a training missile off an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is preparing to deploy around South America 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150924-N-YB023-128 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, lower a training missile off an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is preparing to deploy around South America 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150924-N-YB023-140 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen from the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, lower a training missile off an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is preparing to deploy around South America 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150924-N-YB023-140 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen from the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, lower a training missile off an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is preparing to deploy around South America 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 Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150919-N-DZ642-073 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 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)
150919-N-DZ642-073 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 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)

150908-N-ZZ999-047 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Miranda Clink performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)
150908-N-ZZ999-047 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Miranda Clink performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)

150826-N-XX566-048 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing a composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise, the final step in certifying to deploy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
150826-N-XX566-048 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing a composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise, the final step in certifying to deploy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

150824-N-PG340-131 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 24, 2015) - Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Solberg, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, conducts a pre-flight check on an F/A-18E Super Hornet before flight operations 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 Stephane Belcher/Released)
150824-N-PG340-131 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 24, 2015) - Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Solberg, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, conducts a pre-flight check on an F/A-18E Super Hornet before flight operations 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 Stephane Belcher/Released)

150817-N-XX566-091 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 17, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing a composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise, the final step in certifying to deploy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
150817-N-XX566-091 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 17, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing a composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise, the final step in certifying to deploy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

150810-N-MQ094-338 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)
150810-N-MQ094-338 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

150709-N-ZZ999-001 TIMOR SEA (July 9, 2015) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 complete a refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Robinson/Released)
150709-N-ZZ999-001 TIMOR SEA (July 9, 2015) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 complete a refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Robinson/Released)

150630-N-IN729-032 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Jacob Abbot, from Cave Spring, Ga., and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Mystee Deluz, from Sacramento Calif., work to change out the starboard stabilizer on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)
150630-N-IN729-032 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Jacob Abbot, from Cave Spring, Ga., and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Mystee Deluz, from Sacramento Calif., work to change out the starboard stabilizer on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

150701-N-YD641-246 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 1, 2015) Sailors remove ordnance from an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)
150701-N-YD641-246 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 1, 2015) Sailors remove ordnance from an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

150607-N-ZZ999-001 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 7, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 fires a Sidewinder AIM-9M missile during a missile exercise. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Mike Wilcox /Released)
150607-N-ZZ999-001 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 7, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 fires a Sidewinder AIM-9M missile during a missile exercise. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Mike Wilcox /Released)

150612-N-EH855-344 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 12, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to achieve his 4000th flight hour in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
150612-N-EH855-344 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 12, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to achieve his 4000th flight hour in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

150608-N-EH855-654 WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
150608-N-EH855-654 WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

150528-N-GR120-054 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 28, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Ricky Spooner arms an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 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 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)
150528-N-GR120-054 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 28, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Ricky Spooner arms an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 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 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 Anna Van Nuys/Released)

150510-N-ZZ070-001 SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet and a Royal Malaysian Air Force SU-30MKM/Flanker H, fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a bi-lateral exercise aimed at developing and enhancing security ties and partnerships with the Malaysian Royal Military. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is 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 Lieutenant Jonathan Pfaff/Released)
150510-N-ZZ070-001 SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet and a Royal Malaysian Air Force SU-30MKM/Flanker H, fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a bi-lateral exercise aimed at developing and enhancing security ties and partnerships with the Malaysian Royal Military. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is 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 Lieutenant Jonathan Pfaff/Released)

150503-N-TP834-266 INDIAN OCEAN (May 3, 2015) An air department Sailor directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 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)
150503-N-TP834-266 INDIAN OCEAN (May 3, 2015) An air department Sailor directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 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)

150429-N-IK337-031 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) remove a jet engine from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41. The ships comprising the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group are participating in a group sail exercise designed to develop coordinated capabilities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)
150429-N-IK337-031 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) remove a jet engine from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41. The ships comprising the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group are participating in a group sail exercise designed to develop coordinated capabilities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)

150408-N-TP834-325 ARABIAN GULF (April 8, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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)
150408-N-TP834-325 ARABIAN GULF (April 8, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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)

150402-N-GR120-013 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 2, 2015) An aircraft handler signals a pilot in a F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squaron (VFA) 211 while conducting flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt deployed from Norfolk and will execute a homeport shift to San Diego at the conclusion of this deployment. Theodore Roosevelt is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anna Van Nuys/Released)
150402-N-GR120-013 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 2, 2015) An aircraft handler signals a pilot in a F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squaron (VFA) 211 while conducting flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt deployed from Norfolk and will execute a homeport shift to San Diego at the conclusion of this deployment. Theodore Roosevelt is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anna Van Nuys/Released)

150325-N-ZZ999-500 IWO TO, Japan (March 25, 2015) F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 fly over Mt. Suribachi in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during a return transit to Atsugi, Japan. VFA-27, part of Carrier Air Wing 5, is forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Spencer Abbot/Released)
150325-N-ZZ999-500 IWO TO, Japan (March 25, 2015) F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 fly over Mt. Suribachi in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during a return transit to Atsugi, Japan. VFA-27, part of Carrier Air Wing 5, is forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Spencer Abbot/Released)

150224-N-ZZ999-200 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2015) A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 flies in formation with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15J Eagles during a dissimilar air combat training exercise near Okinawa, Japan. VFA-27 is part of Carrier Air Wing 5 and is forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Spencer Abbot/Released)
150224-N-ZZ999-200 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2015) A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 flies in formation with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15J Eagles during a dissimilar air combat training exercise near Okinawa, Japan. VFA-27 is part of Carrier Air Wing 5 and is forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Spencer Abbot/Released)

150305-N-ZZ999-002 ARABIAN GULF (March 5, 2015) A French Rafale Marine aircraft from the French navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle refuels with an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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 photographer/Released)
150305-N-ZZ999-002 ARABIAN GULF (March 5, 2015) A French Rafale Marine aircraft from the French navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle refuels with an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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 photographer/Released)

150305-N-ZZ999-001 ARABIAN GULF (March 5, 2015) A French Super tendard Marine aircraft from the French navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle refuels with an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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/Released)
150305-N-ZZ999-001 ARABIAN GULF (March 5, 2015) A French Super tendard Marine aircraft from the French navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle refuels with an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group 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/Released)

150205-N-HD510-025 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 5, 2015) Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class Kimberly Masters, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, cleans an engine compartment on an F/A-18E Super 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 Scott Fenaroli/Released)
150205-N-HD510-025 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 5, 2015) Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class Kimberly Masters, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, cleans an engine compartment on an F/A-18E Super 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 Scott Fenaroli/Released)

150204-N-HD510-042 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 4, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 load a Mk 82/Blu 111 500 pound bomb on an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the 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 Scott Fenaroli/Released)
150204-N-HD510-042 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 4, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 load a Mk 82/Blu 111 500 pound bomb on an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the 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 Scott Fenaroli/Released)

150119-N-TC437-069 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands 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)
150119-N-TC437-069 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands 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)

150114-N-TP834-131 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck 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)
150114-N-TP834-131 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck 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)

150114-N-TP834-075 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Airman Dylan Donley, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts engine startups for an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck 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)
150114-N-TP834-075 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Airman Dylan Donley, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts engine startups for an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck 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)

150114-N-TP834-189 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 upload a GBU-31 2000-pound bomb onto a pylon of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck 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)
150114-N-TP834-189 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 upload a GBU-31 2000-pound bomb onto a pylon of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck 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)

150113-N-ZF498-117 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 13, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 lands on the flight deck of 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 Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
150113-N-ZF498-117 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 13, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 lands on the flight deck of 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 Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

150113-N-ZZ999-019 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 13, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Harold Mack, from Detroit, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA 11), inspects the fan blades of an F/A-18E Super Hornet 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 Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150113-N-ZZ999-019 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 13, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Harold Mack, from Detroit, assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA 11), inspects the fan blades of an F/A-18E Super Hornet 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 Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

150113-N-ZZ999-398 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class Alfonse D'elia, from New York, cleans the windows of An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA 211) 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 Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)
150113-N-ZZ999-398 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class Alfonse D'elia, from New York, cleans the windows of An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA 211) 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 Seaman Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Caitlin Brunetta, from Stuart, Fla., looks for corrosion on a F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 during an inspection in the hangar bay aboard 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 Hopkins II/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Caitlin Brunetta, from Stuart, Fla., looks for corrosion on a F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 during an inspection in the hangar bay aboard 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 Hopkins II/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 8, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the 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. 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 U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 8, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the 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. 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 U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Stephen Harden, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts engine start-ups for an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Stephen Harden, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts engine start-ups for an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Johnathon Hill, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet is ready to be launched from the flight deck 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Johnathon Hill, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet is ready to be launched from the flight deck 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations. 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations. 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Tom Xue, Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman James Ketler and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Ryan Stephenson move an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 into the hangar bay 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 Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Tom Xue, Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman James Ketler and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Ryan Stephenson move an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 into the hangar bay 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 Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 8, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 makes an arrested recovery on the flight deck 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 (Dec. 8, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 makes an arrested recovery on the flight deck 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 (Dec. 4, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck 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 (Dec. 4, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck 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. 24, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 1st Class Daniel Johnson, from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet 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 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 24, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 1st Class Daniel Johnson, from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, conducts maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet 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 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 19, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 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 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. 19, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 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 U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 19, 2014) Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), makes an arrested landing in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 19, 2014) Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), makes an arrested landing in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as part of Keen Sword 2015. Keen Sword, a joint-bilateral training exercise involving the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Forces, is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the Japan Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as part of Keen Sword 2015. Keen Sword, a joint-bilateral training exercise involving the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Forces, is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the Japan Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Apprentice Shelby Noyce, from Flint, Mich., opens a panel on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is returning to homeport of 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Apprentice Shelby Noyce, from Flint, Mich., opens a panel on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is returning to homeport of 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 taxis onto a catapult during night flight operations on the flight deck 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. 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 taxis onto a catapult during night flight operations on the flight deck 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class David Lowery, from Austin, Texas, checks the fuel load of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class David Lowery, from Austin, Texas, checks the fuel load of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) Airman Alex Smith, from Marietta, Ga., left, and Airman Matthew McGovern, from Westerville, Ohio, perform post flight engine oil services on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) Airman Alex Smith, from Marietta, Ga., left, and Airman Matthew McGovern, from Westerville, Ohio, perform post flight engine oil services on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 28, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, along with Canadian, Japanese and other U.S. ships are underway conducting a task group exercise to train units that will deploy independently. The exercise improves cooperation, readiness and the capability to respond quickly in various situations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shauna C. Sowersby/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 28, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, along with Canadian, Japanese and other U.S. ships are underway conducting a task group exercise to train units that will deploy independently. The exercise improves cooperation, readiness and the capability to respond quickly in various situations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shauna C. Sowersby/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, into position 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 Brian Stephens/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (OCT. 24, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nicholas Kless, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, from The Woodlands, Texas, installs practice ordnance on a F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, along with Canadian, Japanese and other U.S. ships is underway conducting a task group exercise (TGEX) to train units that will deploy independently. TGEX improves cooperation, readiness and the capability to respond quickly in various situations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shauna C. Sowersby/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (OCT. 24, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nicholas Kless, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, from The Woodlands, Texas, installs practice ordnance on a F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, along with Canadian, Japanese and other U.S. ships is underway conducting a task group exercise (TGEX) to train units that will deploy independently. TGEX improves cooperation, readiness and the capability to respond quickly in various situations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shauna C. Sowersby/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Joshua Hinck, from Springfield, Mo., right, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Paul Davis, from Lupowici, Ga., use a mobile de-fueling cart to extract fuel from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Joshua Hinck, from Springfield, Mo., right, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Paul Davis, from Lupowici, Ga., use a mobile de-fueling cart to extract fuel from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class William Catlin, from Cambridge, N.Y., performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class William Catlin, from Cambridge, N.Y., performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 19, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 19, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 18, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 18, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)

SULU SEA (Oct. 17, 2014) Sailors perform post-flight procedures on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SULU SEA (Oct. 17, 2014) Sailors perform post-flight procedures on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

CELEBES SEA (Oct. 14, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
CELEBES SEA (Oct. 14, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

CELEBES SEA (Oct. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nicolas Wareham, from Grand Junction, Colo., center left, signals an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 while Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Revin Olaes, from Cavite, Republic of Philippines, ensures safety procedures on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
CELEBES SEA (Oct. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nicolas Wareham, from Grand Junction, Colo., center left, signals an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 while Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Revin Olaes, from Cavite, Republic of Philippines, ensures safety procedures on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 13, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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, 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 Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 13, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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, 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 Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 10, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 10, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 10, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Victor Medrano, from Houston, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Rene Reyes, from San Antonio, load ammunition into an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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. 10, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Victor Medrano, from Houston, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Rene Reyes, from San Antonio, load ammunition into an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 10, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Carrington Burton, from Vallejo, Calif., reassembles a variable exhaust nozzle on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 10, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Carrington Burton, from Vallejo, Calif., reassembles a variable exhaust nozzle on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 is moved into position to be launched off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is out to sea preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 is moved into position to be launched off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is out to sea preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 lands during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). This is the first time Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 has fully integrated with Theodore Roosevelt in more than four years. Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katie Lash/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 11 lands during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). This is the first time Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 has fully integrated with Theodore Roosevelt in more than four years. Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katie Lash/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 8, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 8, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 2, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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. 2, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 perform a 200-hour inspection on an F/A-18E Super 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) Sailors assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 perform a 200-hour inspection on an F/A-18E Super 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)

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 22, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Matte, from Ann Arbor, Mich., directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, as it 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. 22, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Matte, from Ann Arbor, Mich., directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, as it 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. 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Fist of the Fleet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine operations and training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aiyana S. Paschal/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Fist of the Fleet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine operations and training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aiyana S. Paschal/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 21, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Alexandra Mimbela, from Trujillo, Peru, performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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. 21, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Alexandra Mimbela, from Trujillo, Peru, performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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. 11, 2014) Sailors arm an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2014) Sailors arm an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2014) Sailors arm an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2014) Sailors arm an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Margaret Keith/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Antony Hopson, from Longview, Texas, cleans the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 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 Seaman Cody Hendrix/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Antony Hopson, from Longview, Texas, cleans the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 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 Seaman Cody Hendrix/Released)

WATERS EAST OF JAPAN (Aug. 7, 2014) Airman David Paik, from Atlanta, refuels an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS EAST OF JAPAN (Aug. 7, 2014) Airman David Paik, from Atlanta, refuels an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 inspect an F/A-18F Super Hornet for corrosion 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 Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 inspect an F/A-18F Super Hornet for corrosion 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 Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands 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 Preston Paglinawan/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands 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 Preston Paglinawan/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (July 25, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Nicholas Belnat, from Rexburg, Idaho, performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet engine from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the jet shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (July 25, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Nicholas Belnat, from Rexburg, Idaho, performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet engine from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the jet shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)

WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 21, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Landon Anderson, from Lakeland, Fla., assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet wheel 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cody Hendrix/ Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Landon Anderson, from Lakeland, Fla., assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet wheel 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cody Hendrix/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Nelson/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Nelson/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands 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 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands 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) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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)

<p>EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)</p>

EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)


ARABIAN GULF (July 10, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 10, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 10, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Corey Sidmanking, from Plainsfield, Ill., cleans an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 (July 10, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Corey Sidmanking, from Plainsfield, Ill., cleans an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 (July 10, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 10, 2014) Sailors direct an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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)

EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 is on the flight deck as Sailors prepare for a launch sequence aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 is on the flight deck as Sailors prepare for a launch sequence aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (July 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Vincent Micheletto, from Chicago, wipes down the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Seaman Cody Hendrix/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Vincent Micheletto, from Chicago, wipes down the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Seaman Cody Hendrix/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jonathon Slater, from Beaumont, Calif., assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, oversees an F/A-18F Super Hornet engine installation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Timothy Schumaker/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jonathon Slater, from Beaumont, Calif., assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, oversees an F/A-18F Super Hornet engine installation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Timothy Schumaker/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Austin Ellis, from Lakewood, Ohio, gives F/A-18 Super Hornet cockpit safety training to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Leigh Kim, from Austin, Texas, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Timothy Schumaker/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Austin Ellis, from Lakewood, Ohio, gives F/A-18 Super Hornet cockpit safety training to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Leigh Kim, from Austin, Texas, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and 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 Timothy Schumaker/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 8, 2014) Airman Christopher BazanKoury, from Orange County, Calif., signals the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 8, 2014) Airman Christopher BazanKoury, from Orange County, Calif., signals the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 8, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 8, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SULU SEA (July 4, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an Independence Day celebration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SULU SEA (July 4, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 flies over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an Independence Day celebration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SULU SEA (July 4, 2014) F/A-18E Super Hornets fly in formation over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an Independence Day celebration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SULU SEA (July 4, 2014) F/A-18E Super Hornets fly in formation over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an Independence Day celebration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 1, 2014) Sailors conduct maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 (July 1, 2014) Sailors conduct maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Fredrick Logan, from Chesterfield Va., performs maintenance on the landing gear of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Fredrick Logan, from Chesterfield Va., performs maintenance on the landing gear of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 30, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands 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 (JUNE 30, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands 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 (June 27, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 27, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, 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 (JUNE 27, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 27, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Fighting Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 26, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 26, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Fighting Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the flight deck during 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 24, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class William Moody signals an F/A-18 Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 24, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class William Moody signals an F/A-18 Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 during recovery 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 23, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 prepares to take 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 2nd Class Margaret Keith/Released)

<p>ARABIAN SEA (June 21, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)</p>

ARABIAN SEA (June 21, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)


ARABIAN SEA (June 21, 2014) A Sailor signals for tension on an F/A-18 Super Hornet before it is launched 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (June 21, 2014) A Sailor signals for tension on an F/A-18 Super Hornet before it is launched 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 Ryan Seelbach/Released)

VICTORIA HARBOR, Hong Kong (June 20, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 is on the flight deck of the U.S Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs Victoria Harbor after a four-day port visit. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)
VICTORIA HARBOR, Hong Kong (June 20, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 is on the flight deck of the U.S Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs Victoria Harbor after a four-day port visit. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) Sailors chock a F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) Sailors chock a F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Fighting Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 2nd Class Joshua K. Horton/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 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 Maggie Keith/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Andrew Wiggington, from Salinas, Calif., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Chad Cole, from New York, signal to set the catapult for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Andrew Wiggington, from Salinas, Calif., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Chad Cole, from New York, signal to set the catapult for an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Sidewinders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 15, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 15, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, prepares to launch 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 Card/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 14, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Shawn McIntosh, from Jackson, Miss., assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 14, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Shawn McIntosh, from Jackson, Miss., assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, performs maintenance on an F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrian Neeman/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, makes his 1,000th career arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, makes his 1,000th career arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, debarks an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 after making his 1,000th career arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, debarks an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 after making his 1,000th career arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 into position for launch on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 into position for launch on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 into position for launch on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) A Sailor directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 into position for launch on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Christopher Torres, from Huntington, Calif., directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Christopher Torres, from Huntington, Calif., directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2014) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Michael Riley, from Houston, directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet 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 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2014) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Michael Riley, from Houston, directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet 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 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Safety Officer Cmdr. Sean Loofburrow monitors flight operations as an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Safety Officer Cmdr. Sean Loofburrow monitors flight operations as an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)
WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 10, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 9, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Melvin Hayes, from San Francisco, uses a spotting dolly to tow an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 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 Boatswain's Mate Airman Melvin Hayes, from San Francisco, uses a spotting dolly to tow an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 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)

WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 8, 2014) Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)
WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 8, 2014) Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)

WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 6, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Cassandra Vela, from Beeville, Texas, changes an actuator on an F/A-18E Super Hornet engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)
WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 6, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Cassandra Vela, from Beeville, Texas, changes an actuator on an F/A-18E Super Hornet engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)

AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet, left, from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet, left, from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
AIRSPACE TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 5, 2014) A Navy FA-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 receives fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the Young Tigers of the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a scheduled refueling mission with aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 5, 2014) Lt. Robert Hills gives the signal to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training exercises in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Spears/ Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 5, 2014) Lt. Robert Hills gives the signal to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training exercises in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Spears/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 4, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 4, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 2, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 2, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 replace a heat exchange ejector in an F/A 18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay 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 31, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 replace a heat exchange ejector in an F/A 18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay 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 27, 2014) An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies over the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J Lesonik/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 27, 2014) An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies over the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J Lesonik/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Kerry Carter, from Houston, right, directs the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Kerry Carter, from Houston, right, directs the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 23, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Carlos Urias, from Miami, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 performs an 84-day corrosion inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay 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 23, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Carlos Urias, from Miami, assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 performs an 84-day corrosion inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay 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 18, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 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 18, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 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 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 taxis onto a catapult on the flight deck of 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 George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 taxis onto a catapult on the flight deck of 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 George M. Bell/Released)

F/A-18&EA-18G 35th infographic
F/A-18&EA-18G 35th infographic

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of 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 18, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of 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)

<p>IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 practices a touch-and-go landing during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)</p>

IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 practices a touch-and-go landing during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)


<p>IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 practices a touch-and-go landing during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)</p>

IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 practices a touch-and-go landing during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)


<p>IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) Landing signal officers assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 observe and grade the performance of a pilot's landing in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)</p>

IWO TO, Japan (May 14, 2014) Landing signal officers assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 observe and grade the performance of a pilot's landing in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 during field carrier landing practice at Iwo To, Japan. CVW-5 part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, is forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of efforts to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)


PACIFIC OCEAN (May 13, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 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 James Vazquez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 13, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 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 James Vazquez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from 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 (May 12, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from 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 (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelly M. Agee/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, is directed onto a catapult 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 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, is directed onto a catapult 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 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches off 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 Kelly M. Agee/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches off 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 Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lands 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-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lands 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-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 3, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, launches off the 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 Lauren K. Jennings/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher O'neil directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher O'neil directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 onto a catapult on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). 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, theater security cooperation efforts and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 14, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Eric Alpizar, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 14, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Eric Alpizar, assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, scrubs an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Morgan, right, from Hilton Head, S.C., and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Anthony Neal, from Greenville, S.C., assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Morgan, right, from Hilton Head, S.C., and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Anthony Neal, from Greenville, S.C., assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, exchange a fist-bump after a pre-flight walk through on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting its final evaluation problem, a graded event where trainers test the ship's ability to conduct combat missions, survive complex casualties and sustain support functions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2014) Sailors assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2014) Sailors assigned to the "Sidewinders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, load a laser-guided training round onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting its final evaluation problem, a graded event where trainers test the ship's ability to conduct combat missions, survive complex casualties and sustain support functions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (March 27, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Chris Pearson, from Troy, Texas, assigned to the
ARABIAN SEA (March 27, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Chris Pearson, from Troy, Texas, assigned to the "Fighting Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet 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 Seaman Andrew Johnson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2014) Lt. Matt Carlton, from San Diego, performs a preflight inspection of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Two of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2014) Lt. Matt Carlton, from San Diego, performs a preflight inspection of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Two of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) Lt. j.g. William Fletcher, left, and Lt. Ian Higgins, assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, walk to an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) before Harry S. Truman's final mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 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 (March 19, 2014) Lt. j.g. William Fletcher, left, and Lt. Ian Higgins, assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, walk to an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) before Harry S. Truman's final mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 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)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 16, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tommcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 is inspected by sailors 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. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Johnson/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 15, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 15, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Fighting Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 responsibility efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Johnson/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 23, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Rodolfo Ojeda, assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 23, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Rodolfo Ojeda, assigned to the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, performs maintenance on a 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun from an F/A-18E Super 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 Pasquale Sena/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 21, 2014) Aviation Ordnancemen disarm an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 21, 2014) Aviation Ordnancemen disarm an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 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 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 28, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Marie Berry, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Corey Hetrick, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 28, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Marie Berry, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Corey Hetrick, assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, download rounds from the gun bay of an F/A-18F Super 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 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

KEY WEST, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2014) F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 taxi on the runway at Naval Air Station Key West. NAS 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 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)
KEY WEST, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2014) F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 taxi on the runway at Naval Air Station Key West. NAS 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 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2014) An F/A-18 Super Hornet, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106, is directed onto the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is at sea conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Flood/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2014) An F/A-18 Super Hornet, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106, is directed onto the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is at sea conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Flood/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 touches the flight deck during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is transiting the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after spending eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 touches the flight deck during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is transiting the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after spending eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario-driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario-driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Aaron Burnfield, of Austin, Texas, attaches an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Aaron Burnfield, of Austin, Texas, attaches an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, to the catapult 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lifts up from a formation of Super Hornets as they conduct a flyby over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during the Argonauts change of command ceremony. Nimitz is transiting the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after more than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 lifts up from a formation of Super Hornets as they conduct a flyby over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during the Argonauts change of command ceremony. Nimitz is transiting the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after more than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2013) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2013) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, shoot flares as they pass the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during an airshow performed by the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11. Nimitz is transiting the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after spending eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AORs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 23, 2013) Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 23, 2013) Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepare to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Nov. 13, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 check an F/A-18F Super Hornet prior to take off from 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) Sailors assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 check an F/A-18F Super Hornet prior to take off from 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)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 22, 2013) Aviation Ordnancemen prepare to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 22, 2013) Aviation Ordnancemen prepare to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 9, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Dequon Smith directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 to the catapult 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 Adam Brock/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 9, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Dequon Smith directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 to the catapult 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 Adam Brock/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2013) An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2013) An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 2, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 2, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 26, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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 Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 26, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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 Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 23, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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 Seaman Eric M. Butler/ Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 23, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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 Seaman Eric M. Butler/ Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 22, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 for launch. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) 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 Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 22, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 for launch. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) 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 Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 18, 2013) A F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 18, 2013) A F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 12, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super 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 (Oct. 12, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super 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 (Oct. 11, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Olivia Anzaldua, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kara Bates, assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, perform maintenance on an F/A-18F Super 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 (Oct. 11, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Olivia Anzaldua, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kara Bates, assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, perform maintenance on an F/A-18F Super 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)

WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 9, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Chantel Boudeau, left, from Perchtolsdorf, Austria, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Ryan Eilenfeld, from Galion, Ohio, remove panels from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 9, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Chantel Boudeau, left, from Perchtolsdorf, Austria, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Ryan Eilenfeld, from Galion, Ohio, remove panels from an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 3, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Raffy Padrigo, left, cleans a panel on an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, 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 (Oct. 3, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Raffy Padrigo, left, cleans a panel on an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, 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)

KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 1, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet with the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 1, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet with the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 1, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 prepares to land 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 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. 1, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 prepares to land 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 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)

KOREAN PENINSULA (Sept. 30, 2013) Republic of Korea (ROK) government and civilian officials observe an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during their visit. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the ROK navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
KOREAN PENINSULA (Sept. 30, 2013) Republic of Korea (ROK) government and civilian officials observe an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during their visit. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the ROK navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 28, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 prepares to launch off the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) in the background. 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 Eric M. Butler/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 28, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 prepares to launch off the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) in the background. 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 Eric M. Butler/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 28, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 28, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sep. 26, 2013) An  F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN) 73 during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sep. 26, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN) 73 during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Pitcock, from Lake Cormorant, Miss., performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Pitcock, from Lake Cormorant, Miss., performs maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 takes off from the the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 takes off from the the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2013) Sailors move an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 across the flight deck 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 Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 20, 2013) Sailors move an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 across the flight deck 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 Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) A landing signal officer observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly-on. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) A landing signal officer observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly-on. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet with the
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet with the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly-on. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly-on. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 13, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class  Echeverria signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, is ready for launch 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 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 13, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Echeverria signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, is ready for launch 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 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 10, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron  (VFA) 147 prepares to land on 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)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 10, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on 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)

RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 Eric M. Butler/Released)
RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 Eric M. Butler/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches from 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-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches from 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)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 31, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Tomas Delacruz signals an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, as it is readied for launch 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 cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 31, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Tomas Delacruz signals an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, as it is readied for launch 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 cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Alex Alegre, of Visalia, Calif., assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, cleans corrosion off an F/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-147 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 Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Alex Alegre, of Visalia, Calif., assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, cleans corrosion off an F/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-147 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 Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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 Ordnanceman 3rd Class Lindsay Copeland, from Oakmont, Pa., assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, inspects an M61A2 20mm machine gun 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)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Lindsay Copeland, from Oakmont, Pa., assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, inspects an M61A2 20mm machine gun 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)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Capt. Kevin Mannix, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander of CVW 11, are directed in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 for take off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Osterhoudt completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing aboard Nimitz. 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) Capt. Kevin Mannix, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander of CVW 11, are directed in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 for take off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Osterhoudt completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing aboard Nimitz. 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) The aircraft of Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, left, and Cmdr. Robert Loughran, commanding officer of the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, sit side by side aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Both Osterhoudt and Loughran completed their 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) The aircraft of Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, left, and Cmdr. Robert Loughran, commanding officer of the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, sit side by side aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Both Osterhoudt and Loughran completed their 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or "trap", Aug. 28. 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 Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 27, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ashley Kukert, from Hutchinson, Minn., sits in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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 Kole E. Carpenter/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 27, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ashley Kukert, from Hutchinson, Minn., sits in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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 Kole E. Carpenter/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Lorianne Davis, left, and Lt. Eric Ryziw stand watch on the flight deck as an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 (Aug. 24, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Lorianne Davis, left, and Lt. Eric Ryziw stand watch on the flight deck as an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 23, 2013) Sailors refuel an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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. 23, 2013) Sailors refuel an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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. 22, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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) Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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) Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 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) Lt. Zach Boguslawski signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 is cleared 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. 22, 2013) Lt. Zach Boguslawski signals that an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 is cleared 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. 22, 2013) Troubleshooters assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 signal that an F/A-18F Super Hornet is cleared to launch 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) Troubleshooters assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 signal that an F/A-18F Super Hornet is cleared to launch 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)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, signals a pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, signals a pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, right, from the Royal Maces of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 27 conducts an aerial refueling with an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 during flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, right, from the Royal Maces of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 27 conducts an aerial refueling with an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 during flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Jose Ramos, from Harrison, N.J., directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 after landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Jose Ramos, from Harrison, N.J., directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 after landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) F/A-18E Super Hornets 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) F/A-18E Super Hornets 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-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 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 Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 flies over the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an air-power demonstration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 flies over the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an air-power demonstration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, right, and an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 demonstrate an aerial refueling during an air-power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, right, and an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 demonstrate an aerial refueling during an air-power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 makes its final approach for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 makes its final approach for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an air-power demonstration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during an air-power demonstration. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 attempts to break the sound barrier over the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Preble is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in 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 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 attempts to break the sound barrier over the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Preble is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in 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 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 performs a high-speed inverted maneuver over the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Preble is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in 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 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 performs a high-speed inverted maneuver over the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Preble is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in 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 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/RELEASED)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Aviation Ordnancemen load a sidewinder training missile on the wingtip of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Aviation Ordnancemen load a sidewinder training missile on the wingtip of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/RELEASED)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Lt. Jameson Fincher, assigned to the
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Lt. Jameson Fincher, assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, inspects a sidewinder training missile on the wingtip of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/RELEASED)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) A Sailor prepares to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) A Sailor prepares to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 off 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 Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 17, 2013) Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 for launch 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 Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 16, 2013) Lt. Charles Walker, right, landing safety officer assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, and Lt. Adam Kouloumoudras, landing safety officer assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, assist an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of VFA 102 make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 16, 2013) Lt. Charles Walker, right, landing safety officer assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, and Lt. Adam Kouloumoudras, landing safety officer assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, assist an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of VFA 102 make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 is directed on to the catapult prior to launch 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 Kelly M. Agee/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 is directed on to the catapult prior to launch 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 Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) Two F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) Two F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adam Sanders, center, from Crawfordville, Fla., moves an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adam Sanders, center, from Crawfordville, Fla., moves an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2013) Safety petty officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) give the all-clear signal after conducting a pre-launch inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 10, 2013) Safety petty officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) give the all-clear signal after conducting a pre-launch inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

CORAL SEA (Aug. 9, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
CORAL SEA (Aug. 9, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) F/A-18 Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 sit on the flight deck 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) F/A-18 Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 sit on the flight deck 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 FA-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) An FA-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 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 Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 4, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Latina Dobbins, left, from Dyresburg, Tenn., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Juan Castro, from Clearwater, Fla., prepare to tow an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Stike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 to an aircraft elevator 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). 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 Justin Wolpert/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 4, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Latina Dobbins, left, from Dyresburg, Tenn., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Juan Castro, from Clearwater, Fla., prepare to tow an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Stike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 to an aircraft elevator 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). 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 Justin Wolpert/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Rodolfo Ojeda, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, performs corrosion prevention maintenance on an F/A-18E Super 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 supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Rodolfo Ojeda, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, performs corrosion prevention maintenance on an F/A-18E Super 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 supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari/Released)