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Newport News Shipbuilding President Edward J. Campbell instructs ship's sponsor, Barbara Bush, on where to hit a bottle of champagne on the bow of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the ship's commissioning.

Ship's sponsor Barbara Bush breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as President George H.W. Bush looks on.

Ship's sponsor Barbara Bush delivers remarks during the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

F-14 Approaches Ship

F-14 on Flight Deck

Helicopter Landing Ops

An F/A-18 Hornet makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

X-Mas Eve aboard Ship

Communication At Sea

Pilots Prepares F-14 for Mission

TARPS Preparation on Deck

TARPS Pod on Deck

USS Eisenhower & USS George Washington

F/A-18 hornet launches from USS George Washington

USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Aircrew Stands Watch

US Navy (USN) T-45A Goshawk aircraft launched from the flight deck of the USN Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), during carrier qualifications

US Navy (USN) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AB) Equipment Operator (EO) PETTY Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Luke Golden, a catapult safety observer aboard the USN Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) signals flight deck personnel before giving the 'final OK' to launch a T-45A Goshawk aircraft, during final carrier qualifications

USS George Washington at Sea

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Joseph Niedermair a Landing Signal Officer (LSO) aboard the USN Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) monitors the landing of a T-45 Goshawk training aircraft from Training Squadron Two One (VT-21) on final approach. The Washington is conducting carrier qualifications in the Western Atlantic Ocean

US Navy (USN) Sailors Boatswain's Mate Third Class (BM3) James Hoover (center) and Helmsman, Boatswain's Mate (BM) SEAMAN (SN) Michael Shamblin, and other personnel wear helmets and flash gear on the bridge of USN Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) during a General Quarters drill. The George Washington is conducting integrated training operations in the Atlantic Ocean

Refueling near Puerto Rico

Sailors prepare to display the 50 state flags

Father hugs daughter goodbye before deployment

Father kisses daughtrer prior to deployment

USS Normandy (CG 60) underway.

USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198)

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Jul. 8, 2002)

USS Kennedy Sailors man the rails as they pull into Marmaris, Turkey

CV 67 passes through Suez Canal

CV 67 passes through the Suez Canal.

CV 67 passes through Suez Canal.

USS Kennedy (CV 67) pulls into Spain for a port visit.

USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) arrives for a brief port visit to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece

USS Washington battle group conducts unrep

The guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) underway

An MH-53E

F-14B

An F-14B

U.S. Navy pilot receives patch from Croat Lt. Col.

Final preps for a mission

Hornets make a dual runway take-off while conducting multinational operations in Pula, Croatia, during multinational operations in the region

Tomcat in formation with MiG-21's

USS Monterey (CG 61), departs Souda Bay after a brief port visit

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An F-14B Tomcat assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) leads a formation with three U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornets and two Croatian MiG-21 fighter aircraft.

USS George Washington (CVN 73)

A U.S. Navy F-14B Tomcat assigned to the �Jolly Rogers� of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies over the Croat coastline near Pula.

Surgical technician Amina Sherali places recently transfused bone marrow from Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Michael Griffioen into a sterile bag in preparation for transplant.

Surgeon Hans Janovich performs a bone marrow harvest operation on Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Michael Griffioen.

Awaiting the arrival of Lt. Cmdr. John DeLaere

greeted by his wife and his five month old daughter after returning home from a long six month deployment

VFA-81 and CVW-17 approach the Virginia Beach Ocean Front as they return to Naval Air Station Oceana

The guided missile frigate USS DeWert (FFG 45) arrives home after completing a six month deployment

Family members and friends cheer on as they watch the arrival of USS George Washington

Family members and friends cheer on as they watch the arrival of USS George Washington (CVN 73)

USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to its homeport in Norfolk, Va.

Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) wave to well-wishers on the pier as the aircraft carrier returns to its homeport in Norfolk, Va.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) approaches the pier at Naval Station Norfolk

Sailors cross the brow

Family members and friends anxiously await the arrival of USS George Washington

Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Brian Soper keeps track of incoming and outgoing aircraft on his radar console.

Ensign Elton Potts of Nashville, Tenn., stands watch on the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB).

USS George Washington (CVN 73) passes by downtown Norfolk during her transit down the Elizabeth River.

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) passes downtown Norfolk, Va. during her transit down the Elizabeth River from Norfolk Naval Station to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) passes by USS Wisconsin (BB 64).

Boatswain's Mates on board the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) pull in the phone and distance line from the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), during an underway replenishment in rough seas.

Sharkie Stielper (right), Civilian Afloat Program Manager for Navy Morale , Welfare and Recreation (MWR), explains proper technique on a bicep curl to Yeoman 1st Class Juan Gonzales, from San Antonio, Texas

Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, presents the 2002 Battenberg Cup for Combat Readiness to the Captain and crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a ceremony held in the ship�s hanger bay

Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, present the 2002 Battenberg Cup for Combat Readiness to the Crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class James Weyand checks gages on equipment in the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) shop aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Lt., Ulysses Whitlow, from Roanoke, Ala., waves his hand to signal an unsafe flight deck aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Apprentice Sherman Cachola, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prepares to place chains on the flight deck for aircraft

One of the ship�s damage control teams charge a fire hose during a simulated training exercise while conducting a general quarters drill aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Boatswain�s Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer Dilbert Putnam, of Belpre, Ohio, stands watch on the O-10 level aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

USS George Washington (CVN 73) comes along-side the Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) for a replenishment at sea

USS George Washington (CVN 73) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) in the Atlantic Ocean

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Curtis Forness from St. Belle Plaine, Minn., fuels an F/18C Hornet

An F-14B Tomcat makes an arrested landing

An F/A-18C Hornet flies over the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73)

USS George Washington (CVN 73) sails by Fort Monroe

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Christopher Branscome, from Hillsboro, Ohio, pours 975 degrees Fahrenheit zinc into a topside arresting gear terminal aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Lt. Cmdr. Katherine Boulware, from Charlotte, N. C., signals a launch for an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Carrier Airwing Seven (CVW-7) aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Seaman Elivian Clark, from Atlanta, places desserts out on the chow line aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Air department Sailors prepare to land an SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Five (HS-5) on the flight deck aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

The hangar bay aboard the nuclear powered air craft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is staged with weapons transferred from the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)

Airman Apprentice Anthony McCullough, from Andrews, S.C., left, helps Airman Apprentice Adrian Romero, from Pompano Beach, Fla., chain down Mark 82 general purpose bombs in the ships� magazine aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

AN MH-60S Knighthawk prepares to land aboard USS George Washington.

The Military Sealift Command ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) steams along side the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for an ammunition transfer

An Aviation Ordnanceman aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) signals to an F/A-18C Hornet.

Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Robert Williams prays

Sailors perform scheduled maintenance on an F-14 Tomcat jet engine.

An F/A-18C Hornet gets a wave off

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Scott Wills, left, assists Fire Controlman 3rd Class Nick Debricque, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class James Orourke, with loading a Close In Weapons System (CIWS) with 20mm ammunition aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the �Patriots� of Electronic Attack Squadron One Four Zero (VAQ-140) lands aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate 3rd Class Jesse Borja directs a C-2A Greyhound

Lt. Ulysses Whitlow signals the launch of an F/A-18C Hornet

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Allen Ramsey performs start up checks

Fire party members discover a fallen shipmate during a simulated General Quarters drill in the hangar bay aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brian Sheppard from Fayetteville, N.C., conducts jet engine testing of an F110-GE400 prior to installation in an F-14 Tomcat aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).