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E-2C Hawkeye

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160808-N-OR652-147 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Dakotah Emmerth, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), guides an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 onto the catapult. 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-OR652-147 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Dakotah Emmerth, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), guides an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 onto the catapult. 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-OR652-120 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 taxis across 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-OR652-120 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 taxis across 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-WC455-036 ARABIAN GULF (July 29, 2016) Sailors attach a propeller to an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)
160729-N-WC455-036 ARABIAN GULF (July 29, 2016) Sailors attach a propeller to an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)

160723-N-WR119-093 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 23, 2016) E-2C Hawkeye pilot Lt. Matt Kasaoka, assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, talks to local families about the aircraft during Navy Week at the Sioux Falls Air Show. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Weeks are a week-long schedule of community outreach engagements that connect Americans with their Navy by bringing Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 16 American cities that do not enjoy a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol/Released)
160723-N-WR119-093 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 23, 2016) E-2C Hawkeye pilot Lt. Matt Kasaoka, assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, talks to local families about the aircraft during Navy Week at the Sioux Falls Air Show. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Weeks are a week-long schedule of community outreach engagements that connect Americans with their Navy by bringing Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 16 American cities that do not enjoy a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol/Released)

160723-N-WR119-030 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 23, 2016) Lt. Riley Schoeu, an E-2C Hawkeye pilot assigned to Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, talks to a woman about the aircraft during Navy Week at the Sioux Falls Air Show. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Weeks are a week-long schedule of community outreach engagements that connect Americans with their Navy by bringing Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 16 American cities that do not enjoy a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol/Released)
160723-N-WR119-030 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 23, 2016) Lt. Riley Schoeu, an E-2C Hawkeye pilot assigned to Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, talks to a woman about the aircraft during Navy Week at the Sioux Falls Air Show. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Weeks are a week-long schedule of community outreach engagements that connect Americans with their Navy by bringing Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 16 American cities that do not enjoy a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol/Released)

160716-N-DA693-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2016) Sailors perform routine inspections on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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 Jake Greenberg/Released)
160716-N-DA693-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2016) Sailors perform routine inspections on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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 Jake Greenberg/Released)

160710-N-IN729-526 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye from the
160710-N-IN729-526 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye from the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). 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 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

160628-N-KJ380-206 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Neo Greene III/Released)
160628-N-KJ380-206 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Neo Greene III/Released)

160628-N-KK394-129 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Keyonnia Cook directs an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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-KK394-129 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Keyonnia Cook directs an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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-TV337-041 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 undergoes pre-flight checks 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 Bobby Baldock/Released)
160628-N-TV337-041 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 28, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 undergoes pre-flight checks 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 Bobby Baldock/Released)

160618-N-GP548-151 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 head to the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The form formation included E-2C Hawk Eyes, F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from the
160618-N-GP548-151 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 head to the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The form formation included E-2C Hawk Eyes, F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from the "Golden Hawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, the "Shadow Hawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, and the "Wizards" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133. 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 prese

160618-N-YD641-112 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye from the
160618-N-YD641-112 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye from the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 transits 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)

160615-N-GZ947-047 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jarrett Hopkins, from Houston, directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Malabar 2016. A trilateral maritime exercise, Malabar is designed to enhance dynamic cooperation between the Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160615-N-GZ947-047 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2016) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jarrett Hopkins, from Houston, directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during Malabar 2016. A trilateral maritime exercise, Malabar is designed to enhance dynamic cooperation between the Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160615-N-GZ947-037 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Malabar 2016. A trilateral maritime exercise, Malabar is designed to enhance dynamic cooperation between the Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160615-N-GZ947-037 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Malabar 2016. A trilateral maritime exercise, Malabar is designed to enhance dynamic cooperation between the Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160610-N-BL637-147 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, from the
160610-N-BL637-147 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, from the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 taxis on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The ship is underway conducting command assessment of readiness and training (CART) II off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Castellano/Released)

160607-N-NF288-529 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 7, 2016) Sailors guide a E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
160607-N-NF288-529 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 7, 2016) Sailors guide a E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, safely across the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Maintaining and flying the E-2C Hawkeye requires a collective team effort from air department Sailors. 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)

160607-N-NF288-482 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 7, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
160607-N-NF288-482 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (June 7, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, lands on the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). This marks the first E-2C Hawkeye landing aboard Ronald Reagan since her last patrol. 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)

160605-N-DA693-083 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson aboard. Richardson is on a multi-day trip meeting with U.S. Navy and international partners, participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue and visiting Sailors aboard John C. Stennis. 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-DA693-083 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson aboard. Richardson is on a multi-day trip meeting with U.S. Navy and international partners, participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue and visiting Sailors aboard John C. Stennis. 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-MY174-0043 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 lands on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson aboard. Richardson is on a multi-day trip meeting with U.S. Navy and international partners, participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue and visiting Sailors aboard John C. Stennis. . 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 Tomas Compian/ Released)
160605-N-MY174-0043 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 lands on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson aboard. Richardson is on a multi-day trip meeting with U.S. Navy and international partners, participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue and visiting Sailors aboard John C. Stennis. . 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 Tomas Compian/ Released)

160603-N-PE636-144 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
160603-N-PE636-144 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 3, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, prepares to land on 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)

160414-N-YD204-071 ATSUGI, Japan (April 14, 2016) Lt. Hunter Fahey, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, briefs Sailors, assigned to Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Air Patrol Squadron (VP) 3, about the squadron's E-2C Hawkeye during a tour of the squadron's hangar bay . VAW-115 will be participating in an integration operation with VP-3 in order to foster greater inter-operability between the two services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew C. Duncker/Released)
160414-N-YD204-071 ATSUGI, Japan (April 14, 2016) Lt. Hunter Fahey, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, briefs Sailors, assigned to Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Air Patrol Squadron (VP) 3, about the squadron's E-2C Hawkeye during a tour of the squadron's hangar bay . VAW-115 will be participating in an integration operation with VP-3 in order to foster greater inter-operability between the two services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew C. Duncker/Released)

160413-N-MQ094-264 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John Etherington directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
160413-N-MQ094-264 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John Etherington directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, 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 Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160413-N-MQ094-289 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) Sailors signal the launch of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
160413-N-MQ094-289 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) Sailors signal the launch of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, 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)

160413-N-KK394-083 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 13, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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 preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160413-N-KK394-083 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 13, 2016) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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 preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160406-N-OR652-289 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) Landing signal officers guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 as it prepares to land 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-OR652-289 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) Landing signal officers guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 as it prepares to land 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)

160405-N-OR652-099 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) The crew of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 depart the aircraft via 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)
160405-N-OR652-099 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) The crew of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 depart the aircraft via 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)

160405-N-UY653-044 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors prepare an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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-UY653-044 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors prepare an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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-OR652-260 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors conduct pre-flight checks on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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)
160405-N-OR652-260 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) Sailors conduct pre-flight checks on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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)

160405-N-OR652-024 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to land 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)
160405-N-OR652-024 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 5, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to land 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)

160324-N-QI061-016 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 24, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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 Seaman Nathan Beard/Released)
160324-N-QI061-016 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 24, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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 Seaman Nathan Beard/Released)

160322-N-KK394-050 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 22, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on the landing gear of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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)
160322-N-KK394-050 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 22, 2016) Sailors conduct maintenance on the landing gear of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 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)

160320-N-OR652-590 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, is hooked onto the catapult prior to taking 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-OR652-590 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, is hooked onto the catapult prior to taking 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-OR652-575 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, performs pre-flight checks 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)
160320-N-OR652-575 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 20, 2016) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, performs pre-flight checks 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)

160130-N-UY653-067 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) A Sailor performs a pre-flight check on an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). 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 Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
160130-N-UY653-067 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2016) A Sailor performs a pre-flight check on an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). 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 Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

160121-N-NU281-054 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class D. Lopez, assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, performs maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay 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 operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
160121-N-NU281-054 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class D. Lopez, assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, performs maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay 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 operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

151222-N-NU281-031 GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 22, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman D. Myers, assigned to the
151222-N-NU281-031 GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 22, 2015) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman D. Myers, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, performs the daily turnaround inspection of an E-2C Hawkeye on 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. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)

151209-N-FI568-098 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 performs an arrested recovery on 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 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)
151209-N-FI568-098 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 performs an arrested recovery on 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 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)

151122-N-QD363-077 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 22, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Aircraft Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier 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 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch/Released)
151122-N-QD363-077 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 22, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Aircraft Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier 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 3rd Class Jameson E. Lynch/Released)

151121-N-YD641-578 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An E2-C Hawkeye of the
151121-N-YD641-578 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An E2-C Hawkeye of the "Liberty Bells" from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 lands on 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)

151116-N-TE278-633 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), pilots an E-2C Hawkeye from the
151116-N-TE278-633 WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), pilots an E-2C Hawkeye from the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 as it prepares to land on the ship's flight deck. 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 2nd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

151116-N-GK939-094 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
151116-N-GK939-094 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Strike Group departs Naval Station Norfolk to deploy in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. With CVN 75 as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESON) 28 and ships USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gravely (DDG 107), and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston/Released)

151114-N-OI810-373 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 14, 2015) Cmdr. David Waidelich, prospective commanding officer of the
151114-N-OI810-373 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 14, 2015) Cmdr. David Waidelich, prospective commanding officer of the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, performs a pre-flight check on an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prior to taking command of VAW-115 during a change of command ceremony. 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 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

151107-N-XX566-035 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ashleigh Sokolowski, from Anaconda, Mont., repairs a cracked flap of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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 Andre T. Richard/Released)
151107-N-XX566-035 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ashleigh Sokolowski, from Anaconda, Mont., repairs a cracked flap of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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 Andre T. Richard/Released)

150927-N-KK394-332 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jonathon Bland directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway completing carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)
150927-N-KK394-332 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jonathon Bland directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway completing carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)

150919-N-DZ642-122 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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-DZ642-122 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)

150918-N-YB023-046 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class David Filbert and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Aaron Gambil lift open the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150918-N-YB023-046 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class David Filbert and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Aaron Gambil lift open the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150918-N-YB023-036 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Christian Jahnke performs maintenance on the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150918-N-YB023-036 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Christian Jahnke performs maintenance on the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150918-N-YB023-024 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Sailors perform maintenance on a propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)
150918-N-YB023-024 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2015) Sailors perform maintenance on a propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 in the hangar bay 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch/Released)

150908-N-OI810-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Arjay Centeno, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Thomas, both assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, perform corrosion prevention on an E-2C Hawkeye 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 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 C. Burke/Released)
150908-N-OI810-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Arjay Centeno, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Thomas, both assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, perform corrosion prevention on an E-2C Hawkeye 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 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 C. Burke/Released)

150906-N-OC866-051  ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2015) Sailors direct an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
150906-N-OC866-051 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2015) Sailors direct an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, on the flight deck aboard 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 3rd Class L. C. Edwards/Released)

150902-N-MQ094-322 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2015) Sailors prepare an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
150902-N-MQ094-322 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2015) Sailors prepare an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, for launch on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Strike Group is underway participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

150816-N-XX566-009 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class James Morgan seals panels on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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)
150816-N-XX566-009 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class James Morgan seals panels on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 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)

150801-N-EH855-080 WATERS NEAR HAWAII (Aug. 1, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John Landi, from Ocala, Fla., left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Airman Danny Hawkins, from Atlanta, perform maintenance on safety wiring ultra-high frequency cables on the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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, are en route to conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
150801-N-EH855-080 WATERS NEAR HAWAII (Aug. 1, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class John Landi, from Ocala, Fla., left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Airman Danny Hawkins, from Atlanta, perform maintenance on safety wiring ultra-high frequency cables on the nose of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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, are en route to conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

150717-N-WO404-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
150717-N-WO404-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, takes off from the flight deck of 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 Jonathan Nelson/Released)

150709-N-IP531-028 TIMOR SEA (July 9, 2015) Lt. Morgan George, front, and Lt. Kieth Ferrell, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
150709-N-IP531-028 TIMOR SEA (July 9, 2015) Lt. Morgan George, front, and Lt. Kieth Ferrell, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

150629-N-MQ094-070 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 29, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting training for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)
150629-N-MQ094-070 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 29, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting training for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

150624-N-QH848-200 ATLANTIC OCEAN. (June 24, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a tailored ship's training availability off the east coast of the United States. Upon successful completion of the training availability Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A. A. Cruz/Released)
150624-N-QH848-200 ATLANTIC OCEAN. (June 24, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a tailored ship's training availability off the east coast of the United States. Upon successful completion of the training availability Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class A. A. Cruz/Released)

150612-N-ZG705-031 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 12, 2015) Airman M. J. Ramirez, assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, cleans the windshield of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications and tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and firefighting. Upon successful completion of TSTA, Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K. H. Anderson/Released)
150612-N-ZG705-031 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 12, 2015) Airman M. J. Ramirez, assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, cleans the windshield of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications and tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) off the east coast of the United States. TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, including general quarters, damage control, medical and firefighting. Upon successful completion of TSTA, Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K. H. Anderson/Released)

150507-N-RM440-012 INDIAN OCEAN (May 7, 2015) A Sailor rinses an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Samantha P. Montenegro/Released)
150507-N-RM440-012 INDIAN OCEAN (May 7, 2015) A Sailor rinses an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Samantha P. Montenegro/Released)

150501-N-YO638-131 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 1, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of carrier airborne early warning squadron (VAW) 113 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cody Hendrix/Released)
150501-N-YO638-131 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 1, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of carrier airborne early warning squadron (VAW) 113 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cody Hendrix/Released)

150503-N-TP834-288 INDIAN OCEAN (May 3, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 executes a touch-and-go landing 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 U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150503-N-TP834-288 INDIAN OCEAN (May 3, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 executes a touch-and-go landing 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 U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150429-N-GZ947-067 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate Christian Velasco, from Santa Anna, Calif., removes an engine from an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). 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 Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago / Released)
150429-N-GZ947-067 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate Christian Velasco, from Santa Anna, Calif., removes an engine from an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). 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 Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago / Released)

150211-N-TP834-143 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 11, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150211-N-TP834-143 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 11, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150114-N-TP834-125 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Luis Collazo monitors the launch of the aircraft from the waist catapults 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-TP834-125 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Luis Collazo monitors the launch of the aircraft from the waist catapults 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 (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Zachariah Gressett, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jordan Lenz walk the wing of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prior to being launched from 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 Zachariah Gressett, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jordan Lenz walk the wing of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prior to being launched from 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 12, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 makes an arrested landing 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 Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 12, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 makes an arrested landing 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 Seaman Christopher Frost/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2014) Airman Cedrick Cunningham, from Miami, cleans an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush, homeported in Norfolk, Va., 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2014) Airman Cedrick Cunningham, from Miami, cleans an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush, homeported in Norfolk, Va., 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 8, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Jacob Poehl, from College Station, Texas, attaches hydraulic lines to an E2-C Hawkeye from the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 8, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Jacob Poehl, from College Station, Texas, attaches hydraulic lines to an E2-C Hawkeye from the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush 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 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 31, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land 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 (Oct. 31, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land 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 (Oct. 27, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kreutz, front, and Lt. Christopher Prue, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 from 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 (Oct. 27, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kreutz, front, and Lt. Christopher Prue, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 from 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 (Oct. 27, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Blake Danz, from Placerville, Calif., signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Blake Danz, from Placerville, Calif., signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 19, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)

SULU SEA (Oct. 17, 2014) Sailors perform post-flight procedures on an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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 Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
SULU SEA (Oct. 17, 2014) Sailors perform post-flight procedures on an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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 Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

CELEBES SEA (Oct. 14, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kreutz, center, and Lt. Christopher Prue, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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)
CELEBES SEA (Oct. 14, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kreutz, center, and Lt. Christopher Prue, shooters aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 2, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126, performs a touch and go landing from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126, performs a touch and go landing from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Alt clears the launch path of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126 after attaching it to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Alt clears the launch path of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126 after attaching it to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 taxis on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 taxis on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 onto a catapult 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 Seaman Everett Allen/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 onto a catapult 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 Seaman Everett Allen/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating an estimated 18,000 Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps personnel, more than 200 aircraft and 19 surface ships, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating an estimated 18,000 Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps personnel, more than 200 aircraft and 19 surface ships, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is participating in Valiant Shield, a U.S.-only exercise integrating Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps assets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is participating in Valiant Shield, a U.S.-only exercise integrating Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps assets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 15, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 15, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Brian Stephens/Released)

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) Cmdr. Cynthia Dieterly, commanding officer of the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, piloting an E-2C Hawkeye, launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the VAW-115 change of command. The George Washington 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) Cmdr. Cynthia Dieterly, commanding officer of the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, piloting an E-2C Hawkeye, launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the VAW-115 change of command. The George Washington 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) Cmdr. Cynthia Dieterly, commanding officer of the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, conducts pre-flight checks on an E-2C Hawkeye prior to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the VAW-115 change of command. The George Washington 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) Cmdr. Cynthia Dieterly, commanding officer of the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, conducts pre-flight checks on an E-2C Hawkeye prior to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the VAW-115 change of command. The George Washington 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 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 1, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Brian Stephens/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 1, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Brian Stephens/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 21, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 21, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, 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 Margaret Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 23, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, 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 Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 7, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 (Aug. 7, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) A Sailor walks across the flight deck as Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) lands an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113. Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Ulm/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) A Sailor walks across the flight deck as Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) lands an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113. Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Ulm/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 28, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class William Parks, from Hinesville, Ga., assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, repairs cracks on a heat shield in an engine cavity of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 28, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class William Parks, from Hinesville, Ga., assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, repairs cracks on a heat shield in an engine cavity of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 30, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Robert Tindell, from Thomaston, Ga., cleans the windshield of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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 Paolo Bayas/Released)
WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 30, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Robert Tindell, from Thomaston, Ga., cleans the windshield of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 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 Paolo Bayas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Jared Moore, from Portland, Ore., and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lakendrick Bragg, from Louisville, Miss., assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, remove the starter of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 Emiline L. M. Senn/ Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Jared Moore, from Portland, Ore., and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lakendrick Bragg, from Louisville, Miss., assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, remove the starter of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 Emiline L. M. Senn/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, perform maintenance on the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye 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 3rd Class Conor Minto/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, perform maintenance on the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye 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 3rd Class Conor Minto/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JULY 28, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (JULY 28, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2014) A Sailor signals to seat the catapult on an E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 28, 2014) A Sailor signals to seat the catapult on an E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Matte, from Ann Arbor, Mich., directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 25, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Matte, from Ann Arbor, Mich., directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 25, 2014) Sailors signal completion of final launch conditions for an E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2014) Sailors signal completion of final launch conditions for an E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 21, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 21, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2014) Airman Jamie Merkler, from San Diego, prepares to release the chains attached to an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2014) Airman Jamie Merkler, from San Diego, prepares to release the chains attached to an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)
WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 Beverly J. Lesonik/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2014) Sailors stand by to move an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2014) Sailors stand by to move an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of 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 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 19, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Attack Squadron (VAW) 115 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 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 Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)
WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (July 19, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Attack Squadron (VAW) 115 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 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 Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 16, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Austin Moore, from Noble, Okla., washes an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 16, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Austin Moore, from Noble, Okla., washes an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 12, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Alex Millar/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 12, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Greyhawks of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Alex Millar/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (July 11, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 11, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 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 3, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (July 3, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 during engine start-up procedures 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)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 1, 2014) An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 during engine start-up procedures 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)

ARABIAN GULF (June 26, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 26, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 19, 2014) A Sailor directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 19, 2014) A Sailor directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, 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 19, 2014) A Sailor watches an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 19, 2014) A Sailor watches an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, taxi 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 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, moves across the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, moves across the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the
ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 flies over the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to land on the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
ARABIAN GULF (JUNE 16, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Donovan Dunn, from Baton Rouge, La., signals to raise a jet blast deflector 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 Jacob Estes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Donovan Dunn, from Baton Rouge, La., signals to raise a jet blast deflector 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 Jacob Estes/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)116 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)116 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)116 prepares to launch 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)116 prepares to launch 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 across 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) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 across 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) E-2C Hawkeyes from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 fly in formation over 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) E-2C Hawkeyes from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 fly in formation over 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 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 27, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 27, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 27, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 27, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) before making an arrested recovery. 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 E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) before making an arrested recovery. 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 E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

<p>PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 9, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 is tied down by crew members Lt. j.g. Emily Weaver and Lt. Matt Axleywhich after arriving at Forrest Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The aircraft has been donated to the National Naval Aviation Museum at the base. The E-2 Hawkeye turns 50 years old this year and was the only Navy fleet aircraft not currently on display at the museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O'Connor/Released)</p>

PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 9, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 is tied down by crew members Lt. j.g. Emily Weaver and Lt. Matt Axleywhich after arriving at Forrest Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The aircraft has been donated to the National Naval Aviation Museum at the base. The E-2 Hawkeye turns 50 years old this year and was the only Navy fleet aircraft not currently on display at the museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O'Connor/Released)


ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, prepares to launch from 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 to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 prepares to launch from the catapult 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 Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 prepares to launch from the catapult 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 Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) Aviation boatswain's mates direct an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 to the catapult 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 Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) Aviation boatswain's mates direct an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 to the catapult 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 Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Austin Moore, from Noble, Okla., assigned to the
ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Austin Moore, from Noble, Okla., assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, washes an E-2C Hawkeye 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)

GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) Cmdr. John Hewitt, outgoing commanding officer of the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, top, and his relief, Cmdr. Przemyslaw Kaczynski, left, fly E-2C Hawkeyes while Capt. George Wikoff, commander of Carrier Air Wing 3, flies an E/A18G Growler, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 130, in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an aerial change of command ceremony. 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 Emily Blair/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) Cmdr. John Hewitt, outgoing commanding officer of the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, top, and his relief, Cmdr. Przemyslaw Kaczynski, left, fly E-2C Hawkeyes while Capt. George Wikoff, commander of Carrier Air Wing 3, flies an E/A18G Growler, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 130, in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an aerial change of command ceremony. 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 Emily Blair/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sunkings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sunkings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, conducts touch-and-go landings on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, conducts touch-and-go landings on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Reynaldo Acuna directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Reynaldo Acuna directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2014) E-2C Hawkeyes assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 wait to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2014) E-2C Hawkeyes assigned to the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 wait to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 9, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 9, 2014) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 5, 2014) Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Kwasi Asamoah, left, Airman Isaac Grosfeldkatz, and Airman Mark Brockman, all three assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, wash an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft 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. 5, 2014) Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Kwasi Asamoah, left, Airman Isaac Grosfeldkatz, and Airman Mark Brockman, all three assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, wash an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft 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)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Dec. 28, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Brian Stahl, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Joshua Forbes, assigned to the
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Dec. 28, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Brian Stahl, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Joshua Forbes, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, test for air leaks in the dome of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Capt. Sara Joyner, commander of Carrier Air Wing 3, from Hoopers Island, Md., right, and Lt. Cmdr. Eddy DePuy, from Tallahassee, Fla., exit an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Capt. Sara Joyner, commander of Carrier Air Wing 3, from Hoopers Island, Md., right, and Lt. Cmdr. Eddy DePuy, from Tallahassee, Fla., exit an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, 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 (Nov. 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (EAWS) 126 flies above 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 (Nov. 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (EAWS) 126 flies above 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)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, previously assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, previously assigned to the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 are underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, piloted by Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), lands on the ship's flight deck. 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, piloted by Capt. Chris Bolt, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), lands on the ship's flight deck. 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 (Oct. 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adrian Ramilo, from Batangas, Philippines, directs the pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and it's 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 Paul Kelly/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 19, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adrian Ramilo, from Batangas, Philippines, directs the pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and it's 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 Paul Kelly/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 19, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, takes off as an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, moves into position to launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed 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. 19, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, takes off as an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, moves into position to launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 17, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Wray/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 17, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Wray/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 3, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed 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. 3, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed 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 (Oct. 2, 2013) Shooters aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 from the ship's flight deck. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 2, 2013) Shooters aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) give the signal to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 from the ship's flight deck. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123), prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting flight deck certification and carrier qualifications after being redelivered to the active Navy last month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)</p>

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123), prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting flight deck certification and carrier qualifications after being redelivered to the active Navy last month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)


PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2013) Landing signal officers observe an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 as it lands aboard the 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) Landing signal officers observe an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 as it lands aboard the 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)

RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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 E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 is lowered from the flight deck to 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) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 is lowered from the flight deck to 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. 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Lorraine Mackin, from Orange Park, Fla., troubleshoots the radar system of an E-2C Hawkeye in an avionics shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 20, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Lorraine Mackin, from Orange Park, Fla., troubleshoots the radar system of an E-2C Hawkeye in an avionics shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

<p>PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Austin Wachter, from San Antonio, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, wipes down an E-2C Hawkeye 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)</p>

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Austin Wachter, from San Antonio, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, wipes down an E-2C Hawkeye 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. 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Providers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 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 E-2C Hawkeye from the Providers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 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 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)

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 13, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Christine Choi and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Verly Dolce conduct maintenance on a wing of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 13, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Christine Choi and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Verly Dolce conduct maintenance on a wing of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 11, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 11, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye attached to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)

<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Derek Barton, from Tyler, Texas, performs maintenance on the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)</p>

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Derek Barton, from Tyler, Texas, performs maintenance on the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) in the Atlantic Ocean. TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations and is assessed by Afloat Training Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)


U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 7, 2013) A Sailor conducts maintenance on a propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 7, 2013) A Sailor conducts maintenance on a propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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 (July 31, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to land on 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aiyana Paschal/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 31, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to land on 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aiyana Paschal/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Andrew Jilcott signals to the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 in preparation for 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 Jess Lewis/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Andrew Jilcott signals to the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 in preparation for 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 Jess Lewis/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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 Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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 Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2013) Lt. Laurie Canter, from Abington, Va., prepares to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Terry Godette/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2013) Lt. Laurie Canter, from Abington, Va., prepares to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Terry Godette/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 19, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 performs a touch-and-go from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Black/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 19, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 performs a touch-and-go from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Black/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, does a touch-and-go 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 Jess Lewis/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, does a touch-and-go 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 Jess Lewis/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Trea Fontenot, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Chandler Ragan prepare an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 for 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 Jess Lewis/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Trea Fontenot, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Chandler Ragan prepare an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 for 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 Jess Lewis/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 2, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye flies by the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) during an air power demonstration by Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Hue City is returning to homeport at Norfolk, Va. after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. Cole/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 2, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye flies by the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) during an air power demonstration by Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Hue City is returning to homeport at Norfolk, Va. after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. Cole/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Neil Graupmann, from Kadoka, S.D., gives an all-clear signal from the bow safety position to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, protect and defend 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)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Neil Graupmann, from Kadoka, S.D., gives an all-clear signal from the bow safety position to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, protect and defend 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 (June 29, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 29, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 lands 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 Michelle N. Rasmusson/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 lands 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 Michelle N. Rasmusson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 26, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alison Guzik works on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 26, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alison Guzik works on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) A Sailor directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 on 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) A Sailor directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 on 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 25, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released)

GULF OF OMAN (June 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (June 15, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 waits to launch off 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)

GULF OF OMAN (June 14, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 14, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 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, 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)

<p>GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 is directed into position after completing flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Cole/Released)</p>

GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 is directed into position after completing flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Cole/Released)


RED SEA (June 12, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lauren Booher/Released)
RED SEA (June 12, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lauren Booher/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

<p>U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 conducts an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)</p>

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 8, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 conducts an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)


INDIAN OCEAN (June 4, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 gets ready for take off from the flight deck on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (June 4, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 gets ready for take off from the flight deck on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) Lt. Blake Baccigalopi, from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, inspects an E-2C Hawkeye before launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates/ Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) Lt. Blake Baccigalopi, from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, inspects an E-2C Hawkeye before launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates/ Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 8, 2013) An aircraft director guides an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 8, 2013) An aircraft director guides an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2013) Sailors move into position after an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shannon M. Smith/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2013) Sailors move into position after an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shannon M. Smith/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 conducts an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 conducts an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 3, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 perform maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 3, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 perform maintenance on an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 launches while a C-2A Greyhound from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Fenaroli/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 launches while a C-2A Greyhound from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Fenaroli/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Grey Hawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 approaches a catapult before takeoff from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Smevog/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Grey Hawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 approaches a catapult before takeoff from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Smevog/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, top, from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, and a C-2A Greyhound from the Providers of Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, fly in formation during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, top, from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, and a C-2A Greyhound from the Providers of Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, fly in formation during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 18, 2013) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 18, 2013) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 13, 2013) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway for a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 13, 2013) Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway for a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 12, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Otis Insley, from Aitkin, Minn., directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 12, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Otis Insley, from Aitkin, Minn., directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 11, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares for an arrested recovery aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 11, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares for an arrested recovery aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kameren Guy Hodnett/Released)

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks runs from the launching area of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Fulks runs from the launching area of an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)
NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 3, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Robert J. Mcdowell, from Baton Rouge, La., assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, performs maintenance on the rotor of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 3, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Robert J. Mcdowell, from Baton Rouge, La., assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, performs maintenance on the rotor of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 1, 2013) Sailors move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 off of an aircraft elevator aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 1, 2013) Sailors move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 off of an aircraft elevator aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 28, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Eric Augustine directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 28, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Eric Augustine directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 28, 2013) A catapult and arresting gear officer ducks as an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 28, 2013) A catapult and arresting gear officer ducks as an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares for take off aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 22, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares for take off aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Brian Wilbur/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 08, 2013) A Sailor signals to pilots that another Sailor is checking the landing gear on an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 08, 2013) A Sailor signals to pilots that another Sailor is checking the landing gear on an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 30, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kevin Williams directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 30, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kevin Williams directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launch from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launch from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 20, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jesus Acosta directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 20, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jesus Acosta directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 flies overhead as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAQ) 126 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 16, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 flies overhead as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAQ) 126 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 11, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Angelina Millan, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, does a final check on an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leonard Adams Jr./Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 11, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Angelina Millan, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, does a final check on an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leonard Adams Jr./Released)

NORFOLK (Dec. 18, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Brian Judy, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, walks with his children during a homecoming at Naval Station Norfolk. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operating Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Smevog/Released)
NORFOLK (Dec. 18, 2012) Lt. Cmdr. Brian Judy, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, walks with his children during a homecoming at Naval Station Norfolk. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operating Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Smevog/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) A plane director directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 to the catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 5, 2012) A plane director directs an E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 to the catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is transiting to homeport in Norfolk, Va., after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)
VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)
VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)
VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)
VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)
VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2012) Lt. Ryan Stephens acts as the arresting gear officer during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Carrier Strike Group 11 is underway participating in the ship's joint task force exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2012) Lt. Ryan Stephens acts as the arresting gear officer during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Carrier Strike Group 11 is underway participating in the ship's joint task force exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 4, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Chris Mills, from Palm Harbor, Fla., directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 4, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Chris Mills, from Palm Harbor, Fla., directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 2, 2012) A Sailor helps guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship's composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 2, 2012) A Sailor helps guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship's composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (OCT. 28, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck while a EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 waits to be directed onto the catapult aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sabrina Fine/Released)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (OCT. 28, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck while a EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 waits to be directed onto the catapult aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sabrina Fine/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 18, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in its composite training unit exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 18, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in its composite training unit exercise. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 8, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 sits on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at night. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr./Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 8, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 sits on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at night. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr./Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 lands on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Randy J. Savarese/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 lands on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Randy J. Savarese/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during flight operations. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during flight operations. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 5, 2012) Landing signal officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 toward the flight deck during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 5, 2012) Landing signal officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) guide an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 toward the flight deck during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2012) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Desmond Graham, from Lake City, S.C., and Airman Darvron Nora, from New Orleans, both assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, clean the cockpit panels of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2012) Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Desmond Graham, from Lake City, S.C., and Airman Darvron Nora, from New Orleans, both assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, clean the cockpit panels of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 15, 2012) Capt. Jeffrey L. Trent, the outgoing commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 for an aerial change of command. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 15, 2012) Capt. Jeffrey L. Trent, the outgoing commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 for an aerial change of command. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2012) Airman Keri Bailey, assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, signals to the cockpit of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2012) Airman Keri Bailey, assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, signals to the cockpit of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

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	PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 6, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 monitor an E-2C Hawkeye during a communications check on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz recently left Pearl Harbor after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 6, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 monitor an E-2C Hawkeye during a communications check on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz recently left Pearl Harbor after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)


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	PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 6, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 perform a communications check on an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz recently left Pearl Harbor after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 6, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 perform a communications check on an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz recently left Pearl Harbor after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)


5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (August 2, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)
5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (August 2, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 2, 2012) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Brian Sweeting, from Satellite Beach, Fla., top, informs Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate Timothy Chilzer, from Donora, Pa., left, and Command Master Chief Scott Harville, from Upper Lake, Calif., on the operational status of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 2, 2012) Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Brian Sweeting, from Satellite Beach, Fla., top, informs Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate Timothy Chilzer, from Donora, Pa., left, and Command Master Chief Scott Harville, from Upper Lake, Calif., on the operational status of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 2, 2012) Sailors assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 change a condenser fan on an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 2, 2012) Sailors assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 change a condenser fan on an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (July 21, 2012) An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 to maneuver the aircraft into position on the catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (July 21, 2012) An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 to maneuver the aircraft into position on the catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (July 21, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to make an arrested landing during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (July 21, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 prepares to make an arrested landing during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (July 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (July 4, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 5, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. 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 Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 5, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. 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 Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 launches in concert with an F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the world's largest international maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Milner/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 launches in concert with an F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the world's largest international maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Milner/Released)

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	PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the world's largest international maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian A. Cotter/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prepares to launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the world's largest international maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian A. Cotter/Released)


ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 21, 2012) Sailors launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, departed Norfolk for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), the guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and Destroyer Squadron Two Eight. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Ridge Leoni/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 21, 2012) Sailors launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, departed Norfolk for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), the guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and Destroyer Squadron Two Eight. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Ridge Leoni/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (May 31, 2012) A Sailor inspects the engine of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (May 31, 2012) A Sailor inspects the engine of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)

120522-N-ZI635-129 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2012) Sailors watch as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepares to launch as pilots and aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 depart the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and return to their home bases after nearly six months embarked. Carl Vinson and CVW 17 recently completed a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)
120522-N-ZI635-129 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2012) Sailors watch as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepares to launch as pilots and aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 depart the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and return to their home bases after nearly six months embarked. Carl Vinson and CVW 17 recently completed a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)

120514-N-YX169-054 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 141 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
120514-N-YX169-054 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 141 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

120514-N-YX169-344 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)
120514-N-YX169-344 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 8, is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

120510-N-KE148-104 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during flight deck certifications. Nimitz is conducting carrier qualifications off the southern coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Bartlett /Released)
120510-N-KE148-104 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during flight deck certifications. Nimitz is conducting carrier qualifications off the southern coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Bartlett /Released)

120421-N-ZI635-046 INDIAN OCEAN (April 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepare an E-2C Hawkeye for flight operations on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)
120421-N-ZI635-046 INDIAN OCEAN (April 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepare an E-2C Hawkeye for flight operations on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)

120326-N-YB753-028 ARABIAN SEA (March 26, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)
120326-N-YB753-028 ARABIAN SEA (March 26, 2012) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

120313-N-XE109-092 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Travis A. Andrew prepares an E-2C Hawkeye attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Read Castillo/Released)
120313-N-XE109-092 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Travis A. Andrew prepares an E-2C Hawkeye attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Read Castillo/Released)

120213-N-JN664-083 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 13, 2012) A plane captain relays hand signals between maintainers and pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. Martinez/Released)
120213-N-JN664-083 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 13, 2012) A plane captain relays hand signals between maintainers and pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. Martinez/Released)

120201-N-ZI635-271 ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 1, 2012) An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 lifts off as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)
120201-N-ZI635-271 ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 1, 2012) An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 lifts off as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell/Released)

120125-N-DR144-369 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) An aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 prepares to launch on the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)
120125-N-DR144-369 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) An aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 prepares to launch on the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

120125-N-DR144-077 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) Pilot Lt. Ashley Ruic, left, Plane Commander Lt. Cmdr. Tara Refo, and Radar Operator Lt. j.g. Ashley Ellison, all assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, dress out in the squadron's ready room before joining two other VAW-125 officers in flying the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)
120125-N-DR144-077 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) Pilot Lt. Ashley Ruic, left, Plane Commander Lt. Cmdr. Tara Refo, and Radar Operator Lt. j.g. Ashley Ellison, all assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, dress out in the squadron's ready room before joining two other VAW-125 officers in flying the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

120125-N-DR144-012 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) Air Control Officer Lt. Nydia Williams, left, Radar Operator Lt. j.g. Ashley Ellison, Plane Commander Lt. Cmdr. Tara Refo, Pilot Lt. Ashley Ruic, and Mission Commander Lt. Cmdr. Brandy Jackson, all assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, pose for a photo before flying the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)
120125-N-DR144-012 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 25, 2012) Air Control Officer Lt. Nydia Williams, left, Radar Operator Lt. j.g. Ashley Ellison, Plane Commander Lt. Cmdr. Tara Refo, Pilot Lt. Ashley Ruic, and Mission Commander Lt. Cmdr. Brandy Jackson, all assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, pose for a photo before flying the first all-female-crewed combat mission in an E-2C Hawkeye aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

120110-N-JN612-065 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Jan. 10, 2012) Two Sailors assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 conduct maintenance on the turbine of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to the ship's departure from Thailand. Abraham Lincoln recently completed a scheduled port visit to Thailand to strengthen ties between the two partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Randolph/Released)
120110-N-JN612-065 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Jan. 10, 2012) Two Sailors assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 conduct maintenance on the turbine of an E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to the ship's departure from Thailand. Abraham Lincoln recently completed a scheduled port visit to Thailand to strengthen ties between the two partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Randolph/Released)

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	Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C. This Hawkeye capitalizes on the previous version Group II baseline fully integrated system, which includes the AN/APS-145 radar system. The last E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft joined the current U.S. E-2 fleet Sept. 21.</p>

Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C. This Hawkeye capitalizes on the previous version Group II baseline fully integrated system, which includes the AN/APS-145 radar system. The last E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft joined the current U.S. E-2 fleet Sept. 21.


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	The E-2C Hawkeye became operational in 1973, and surpassed one million flight hours in August 2004. The first E-2C Hawkeye 2000 was delivered to the Navy in 2001 as an upgrade to the existing E-2C Hawkeye Group II and Group I aircraft. Since then, 25 E-2C Hawkeye 2000s have been delivered to the fleet and are being utilized by East and West Coast E-2 squadrons.</p>

The E-2C Hawkeye became operational in 1973, and surpassed one million flight hours in August 2004. The first E-2C Hawkeye 2000 was delivered to the Navy in 2001 as an upgrade to the existing E-2C Hawkeye Group II and Group I aircraft. Since then, 25 E-2C Hawkeye 2000s have been delivered to the fleet and are being utilized by East and West Coast E-2 squadrons.


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	Currently, there are a total of 15 E-2 and C-2 squadrons. On the East Coast, there are six E-2 squadrons and one C-2 squadron, all stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. On the West Coast, there are four E-2 squadrons and one C-2 squadron, all stationed at Point Mugu, Calif. One E-2 squadron is currently stationed at NAF Atsugi, Japan, while NAS JRB New Orleans, La., is home to the reserve E-2 squadron. Air test and evaluations of both the E-2 and C-2 are carried out at NAS Patuxent River.</p>

Currently, there are a total of 15 E-2 and C-2 squadrons. On the East Coast, there are six E-2 squadrons and one C-2 squadron, all stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. On the West Coast, there are four E-2 squadrons and one C-2 squadron, all stationed at Point Mugu, Calif. One E-2 squadron is currently stationed at NAF Atsugi, Japan, while NAS JRB New Orleans, La., is home to the reserve E-2 squadron. Air test and evaluations of both the E-2 and C-2 are carried out at NAS Patuxent River.


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	The E-2 Hawkeye was the first carrier-based aircraft designed from the outset for the all-weather airborne early warning and command and control mission. Since replacing the E-1 in 1964, the Hawkeye has been the "eyes of the fleet." Since its combat debut during the Vietnam conflict, the E-2 has served the Navy around the world.</p>

The E-2 Hawkeye was the first carrier-based aircraft designed from the outset for the all-weather airborne early warning and command and control mission. Since replacing the E-1 in 1964, the Hawkeye has been the "eyes of the fleet." Since its combat debut during the Vietnam conflict, the E-2 has served the Navy around the world.


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	The E-2C Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control functions for the Carrier Strike Group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay.</p>

The E-2C Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control functions for the Carrier Strike Group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay.