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Aviation Boatswain Mate (aircraft handling) First Class (ABH1) Ralph Johnson signals to a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter he is clear for flight after the helo lifted off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) during Marine assault exercises off the beach of Camp Pendleton, Calif

Aviation Boatswain Mate (Fuels) Third Class (ABF3) Joseph Rolack operates the refueling truck while refueling aircraft during the fleet exercise at the Naval Air Station

An Aviation Boatswain Mate (AB) runs to the safe zone between catapults one and two on the bow of the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the aircraft launch off the bow.(RELEASED)

An Aviation Boatswain Mate (BM) (Handler) directs an EA-6B "Prowler" to the number one catapult of the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), for launch

An Aviation Boatswain Mate (BM) (Handler) directs an F-14 "Tomcat" assigned to Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32) "Swordsmen," to a parking spot on the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)

Flight Deck Shooter

An Aviation Boatswain Mate (handling) AIRMAN directs a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). The KITTY HAWK is conducting operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Krystol Koos directs a F-14B Tomcat assigned to the �Diamondbacks� of Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VF-102).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Vincent Machuca from Cinnarron, N.M., performs preventative maintenance on a �hold back bar� which keeps an aircraft under tension before launching from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class James Jensen gives the 'thumbs up' signal to an EA-6B Prowler aircraft, indicating it is ready to be launched from the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

An F-14D Tomcat from the 'Black Lions' of Fighter Squadon Two Thirteen (VF-213) is guided throught a flight deck recovery by an Aviation Boatswain's Mate.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate gives a 'thumbs up' as an F/A-18C Hornet from the 'Valions' of Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen (VFA-15) readies for launch

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Lance D. Vickers (right) consults with Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Wilber Thomas to evaluate a target during M-16 rifle qualifications

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18C Hornet onto waist catapult three in preparation for launch during flight operations aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the �Eagles� of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Five (VFA 115), prior to launching the aircraft from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

An Aviation Boatswain�s Mate directs an F/A-18 Hornet into position to be launched from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Kyle Vernon and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Brad Morgan discuss AV-8B Harrier flight operations in between launches aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate stands ready to engage the jet-blast deflector (JBD) during flight operations aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Dennis O'Connell signals as an EA-6B Prowler

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate conducts a final check prior to applying tension to the catapult shuttle on the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18 Hornet onto one of four steam powered catapults aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) before launching

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet onto the flight line in preparation for launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christopher Leach retrieves fuel samples

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jason Correa's friends and family wait for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to pull into her home port of Naval Station Norfolk

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Paul Herrera, assigned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, reads a book entitled Colors of the World to a group of three-year-olds at the Naval Station�s Child Development Center (CDC)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Dameon Coleman signals hold to a crane operator hoisting a disabled aircraft during flight deck drills aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate gives the signal that a C-2 Greyhound is at tension and is ready to be launched from the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18 Hornet onto a steam catapult during flight operations aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Miguel Gutierrez looks over his shoulder as he backs up a tow tractor on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Cedric Johnson, of Los Angles, Calif., refuels a F/A-18F Super Hornet during flight operations aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate removes a tie-down chain from an F/A-18F Super Hornet while preparing the aircraft for flight operations aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Broderick Johnson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., observes flight operations.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate looks on as an F/A-18F Super Hornet taxis on flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate waits for the flight deck to clear prior to moving a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Joel Blea gives the OK

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Rudy Oliva, from San Antonio, Texas, directs an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Rudolfo Oliva directs an E-2C Hawkeye

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate dons a face mask to diffuse aircraft exhaust on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Genaro Flores conducts maintenanceconducts maintenance

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Othoniel Rosario, from Cayey, Puerto Rico, inspects an aircraft fuel sample aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jason Normand, from Marksville, La., operates a jet fuel control console aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Flight deck personnel muster with Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Caron Curry, from Memphis, Tenn., as he explains the upcoming day's flight plan aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Luis Perez from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, mans a crash and salvage and firefighting watch.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs F-14B aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Rudy Oliva from San Antonio, Texas, carefully directs an F/A-18C Hornet.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Isidro Cobena, from Ecuador, takes control of a hose and shouts commands during a fire fighting class .

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 2nd Class Kevin Stinson stands watch on a .50 caliber gun mount.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Ulysses Hernadez kisses his daughter after returning from a six-month deployment aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate drags a fuel hose away from an SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Keith Hawkins, of Sedalia, Mich., stands-by to assist Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Agustus Jones, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in launching an AV-8B Harrier jump jet off the flight deck.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate keeps the arresting cable on track as it is retracted following the recovery of an F/A-18C Hornet.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Franklin Santiago signals an aircraft across the flight deck as an F/A-18C Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Alex Luzon, of Bronx, N.Y., signals to an F/A-18C Hornet.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Justin Blum lines up the launch bar of an S-3B Viking.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Preston Goodell, of Beaumont, Texas, makes final checks on an E-2C Hawkeye.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Caron L Curry, of Memphis, Tenn., directs an E-2C Hawkeye.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Ricardo Manjarrez, of Nogales, Ariz., scrubs-out dust collected in vents.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Ifoma Givens, of Philadelphia, Pa., directs an MH-60S Knighthawk.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Richard Keidel stands-by for the next launch on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 1st Class Darwin Soriano, of San Diego, Calif. shadows Capt. Andres Brugal.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Francis Gardner, of Waukegan, Ill., directs an F/A-18C Hornet on to one of the four steam-powered catapults aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Keith Roberts, of Mariam, Texas, places the launch bar of an F/A-18C Hornet into the shuttle of a catapult.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christian Mariscal, of El Paso, Texas, assigned to the Crash and Salvage team aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), stands watch on the fight deck.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Michael Ostrude, of Cortland, Ohio, paints part of the hangar bay door aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Sam Vasquez of Craig, Colo., directs an F/A-18C Hornet.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Lester Cruz of Lake Charles, La., awaits the next aircraft to direct to one of four catapults on the flight deck aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Boatswain Mate 3rd Class Neal Dunleavy completes maintenance on catapult equipment.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alfred Macasarte of Stockton, Calif., conducts a

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Francis Gardner, of Waukegan, Ill., directs an Aerospatiale SA330 Puma helicopter after picking up a pallet of supplies.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Floyd Harvell, of Cleveland, Ohio, directs an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One (VAW-121).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate caught in the middle of a cloud of steam, stands on one of four aircraft catapults aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), waiting for aircraft to prepare for launch.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate prepares to rig an arresting gear wire in preparation for early morning flight quarters.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Johnny Pleasant, from Monroeville, Ala., wipes grease off flight deck gear to prepare it for painting.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Timothy Stephenson pushes the launch bar down into the catapult shuttle as a C-2A Greyhound prepares for launch.

The Landing Signaling Enlisted (LSE), Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christina Duvall, directs a MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the Gunbearers of HC-11 aboard the USS Tarawa.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs a T-45A Goshawk assigned to Training Air Wing Two (TW-2) on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Gilbert Harold, from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, tapes off safety bars in preparation for painting in the number three arresting gear engine room aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an EA-6B Prowler .

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class David Reyes guides an E-2C Hawkeye on to one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F-14B Tomcat assigned to the Red Rippers of Fighter Squadron Eleven VF-11 on the flight deck aboard USS George Washington CVN 73.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) 3rd Class Chris Colyn directs a CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMH-363).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate removes a slot seal from one of four steam driven catapults on the flight deck aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Thorpe, right, from Duarte, Calif., and Airman Maurice Dupri, from Chicago, paint a portrait of flight deck personnel on the hangar bay door aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Sammy Mitchell, left, from Tulsa, Okla., gives instructions to Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Diannah Ashburn from Vancouver, Wash., while training in the ship�s hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Dustin Shipman signals to an MH-60S Nighthawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Cargo Squadron Six (HC-6) during a vertical replenishment on the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs a Spanish Navy SH-3 Sea King as it lands on the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marion Roper from Grove Hill, Ala., directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet into position to be launched from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Johnson Kyemanie from Grenada, Miss., runs to the foul line signaling the all clear for launch of an F/A-18C Hornet off the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate holds up a weight board confirming the weight of the aircraft to be launched from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Robert Sanders of Beatrice, Ala., stands ready for a signal to launch a C-2A Greyhound from the flight deck aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Abbas Syed of Dallas, Texas, guides a C-2A Greyhound launch bar into a catapult shuttle.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 1st class Dennis D. Parker explains the ships aircraft catapult system to actor Tom Selleck on the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan's (CVN 76).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jeffrey Bedsole from Redwood City, Calif., and Airman Mario Wright from Dayton, Ohio give the signal for the catapult shuttle to be moved forward to lock in the launch bar of an aircraft .

Airman Michael Eichost of Yorkville, Ill., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jerrel McKissick of Forestville, Md., monitor the flight status of all aircraft from primary flight control.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Three (VFA-113) towards one of the four steam driven catapults.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Christopher Smith from Ocala, Fla., communicates with flight deck control that a successful launch cycle is completed.

During an underway replenishment (UNREP) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), an Aviation Boatswain's Mate takes a sample of JP-5 jet fuel.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Sidney Jones guides an F/A-18C Hornet.

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), maneuvers a specially painted tow tractor across the flight deck.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class James Appleby directs the arrival of a National Air Guard C-130 from N.C.