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RED SEA (Sept. 4, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 is directed across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

RED SEA (Sept. 4, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 is directed across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

An aircraft director guides an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

An aircraft director guides an Super Hornet assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.

USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered 97,000-ton aircraft carrier of the U.S. 7th fleet, arrives at a navy port of South Korea in Busan, about 420 km (262 miles) southeast of Seoul June 27, 2012.

USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the U. fleet, arrives at a navy port of South Korea in Busan, about 420 km miles) southeast of Seoul June 2012 .

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2012) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship’s joint task force exercise (JTFEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2012) Sailors prepare an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship’s joint task force exercise (JTFEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, signals a pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 during taxi on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Class Katrina Vong, from Seattle, signals a pilot of an Super Hornet from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 during taxi on the flight deck of the USS George Washington (CVN

Wings in the sky

US Navy Super Hornet plane captain taking a picture of deck operations. * Not that he needs it - it appears he has a white cape :)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2014) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

An Super Hornet launches from the USS George Washington (CVN during flight operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 2, 2013) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Joseph Farrellbrew directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, prior to launching on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/ Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 2, 2013) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Joseph Farrellbrew directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, prior to launching on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/ Released)

Extremely rare: U.S. Navy plane lands on snow-covered aircraft carrier's flight deck

An Intruder of Attack Squadron (VA) 52 on final approach for recovery on the snow-covered flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN operating in the Bering Sea January 21 1987

A U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 lands on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan under way in the Pacific Ocean Feb. 7, 2011.

my boys! Navy Hawkeye aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 lands on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan under way in the Pacific Ocean Feb.

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Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN

Keep'n 'um flying

NORTH ARABIAN SEA July 2013 – Sailors prepare aircraft for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz-CVN

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 21, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Tenesha Carney, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., signals the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 as it prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 21, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Tenesha Carney, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., signals the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 as it prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct 31, 2012) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Andre Taylor directs a fixed wing aircraft while dressed in costume during Halloween day on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

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