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U.S. 5TH FLEET AOR (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 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 AOR 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)

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 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, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris…

S.L.U.F. (Short Little Ugly...ah...Fellow... on the fantail of the USS Nimitz, CVN-68, August 1982.)  by David F. Brown

S.L.U.F. (Short Little Ugly...ah...Fellow... on the fantail of the USS Nimitz, CVN-68, August 1982.) by David F. Brown

Ordnance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

Ordnance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

aircraft carrier starboard aft elevator in the raised flush position with flight deck_ as seen from interior

aircraft carrier starboard aft elevator in the raised flush position with flight deck_ as seen from interior

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class David Diedrichs applies grease onto an arresting gear bearing with a grease gun on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul…

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GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class David Diedrichs applies grease onto an arresting gear bearing with a grease gun on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul…

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Forrest Sledge, a native of Zuma Beach, Calif., assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stands by with chains on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Forrest Sledge, a native of Zuma Beach, Calif., assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stands by with chains on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by…

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

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

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Taylor Walton, a native of Quartz Hill, Calif., removes chaff buckets from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

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GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Taylor Walton, a native of Quartz Hill, Calif., removes chaff buckets from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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…

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2012) Aviation boatswain’s mates (handling) on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prior to the evenings foreign object damage (FOD) walk down. Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship’s Composite Training Unit Exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2012) Aviation boatswain’s mates (handling) on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) move an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 prior to the evenings foreign object damage (FOD) walk down. Nimitz is currently underway participating in the ship’s Composite Training Unit Exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) Cpl. William Gilbert, from Greeley, Colo., left, and Sgt. Benjamin Narez, from Saugus, Calif., assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 transport bombs on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 15, 2013) Cpl. William Gilbert, from Greeley, Colo., left, and Sgt. Benjamin Narez, from Saugus, Calif., assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 transport bombs on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation…

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

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

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Laura Quintero, a native of Chicago, prepares an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

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NORTH ARABIAN SEA (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Laura Quintero, a native of Chicago, prepares an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring…

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GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) -- A plane captain signals a pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 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 Bartlett/Released)

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

GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Plane captains assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 stand by to chain down an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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GULF OF OMAN (July 15, 2013) - Plane captains assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 stand by to chain down an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist…