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A port quarter view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) being fitted out at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

A port quarter (close up) view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) being fitted out at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

Vice President Al Gore shakes hands with Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN, Director Naval Nuclear Propulsion during the christneing ceremony of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation. To the Admiral's left is Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton. To the left, beyond the Vice President, is Admiral Henry H. Mauz, Jr, USN, Commander in CHIEF of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Vice President Al Gore greets Mrs. Margaret Stennis Womble, daughter of Senator John C. Stennis, during the christening ceremony for the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation. Behind Mrs. Womble and the Vice President is Admiral Henry H. Mauz, Jr., USN, Commander in CHIEF of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. To the right in the front row is Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN, Director Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton

Virginia's U.S. Senator John W. Warner, a former Secretary of the Navy, speaks of the aircraft carrier as "a symbol of America's commitment" to the gathered crowd of 16,000 during the christening ceremony of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation

With the words, "I christen thee United States Ship John C. Stennis," Mrs. Margaret Stennis Womble, daughter of the ships's namesake, formally christened the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation. She is shown here swinging the traditional bottle of champagne toward the prow of the ship

Following the formal christening ceremony of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74), the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton poses for a photograph with Vice President of the Untied States Al Gore. To their left is ship's Matron of Honor, Mrs. Martha A. Stennis, Senator Stennis' daughter in law, and the ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Margaret Stennis Womble

Vice President of the United States Al Gore was the principle speaker at the christening of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation. He is shown here addressing the gathered crowd of 16,000 shipyard workers and guests

With the words, "I christen thee United States Ship John C. Stennis," Mrs. Margaret Stennis Womble, daughter of the ships's namesake, formally christened the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation. Mrs. Womble is shown here just after breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the prow of the ship

Vice President Al Gore greets Mississippi Senator Thad Cockran as he steps onto the speakers platform during the christening ceremony for the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation on Veterans Day. To the left are the Commonwealth of Virginia's U.S. Senators Charles S. Robb and John W. Warner and to the right is the CHIEF of Operations, Admiral Frank B. Kelso

A view of the Veteran's Day crowd gathered at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Corporation to watch the christening of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). Over 16,000 shipyard workers and guest gathered for the ceremony christening the Navy's newest aircraft carrier

Crew members of the deck force of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) prepare for an underway replenishment exercise with the replenishment oiler USS SAVANNAH (AOR-4) off the Virginia Capes

A starboard bow view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) underway during a WESTPAC deployment

High oblique port bow view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) under construction in drydock #12 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. Various elements of modular construction can be seen in the yard including the ships elevators in the lower right of the photo. The stern of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) transport ship USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) can be seen at a fitting out berth undergoing conversion

Straight on, bow shot ot the U.S. Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier; the Nimitz Class, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) (right), as it refuels the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS STOUT (DDG 55) while transiting the Atlantic Ocean on January 30, 1996. This marked the first time the STOUT came alongside an aircraft carrier for underway replenishment

Aerial starboard side view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) under construction in dry dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation Shipyard. The maze of construction equipment on the flight deck effectively camouflages the ship into the background

Aerial port side view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) under construction in dry dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation Shipyard. The ship is to be christened late this year

Aerial starboard quarter view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN under construction in dry dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. In the left background is the MSC vehicle transport ship USNS GORDON (T-AKR-296) under conversion at fitting out berth 2

Aerial starboard side view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) under construction in dry dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation Shipyard. The vehicle transport ship USNS GORDON (T-AKR-296) is in the right rear corner

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), showing flight deck personnel and aircraft on deck, as the USN OLIVER HAZARD PERRY CLASS: Guided Missile Frigate, USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) (middle ground), and the USN LOS ANGELES CLASS: Attack Submarine USS BALTIMORE (SSN 704) sail in a battle group formation, while returning to homeport, following a scheduled six-month deployment

Aerial stern view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) under construction in dry dock 12 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. A 900 metric ton gantry crane spans the dry dock. This dry dock is the largest in the western hemisphere

An aerial bow-on view of the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) under construction in drydock #12 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation Shipyard. Dry dock #12 is the largest in the western hemisphere and is serviced with a 900 metric ton capacity gantry crane that spans the dry dock and work platform. A Commercial double bottom oil tanker is under construction in the rear section of the dry dock

Super Hornet Landing

Super Hornet aboard CVN 74

CPT Mike G. "Hatchet" Harmon perches on "Vulture's Row" while an S-3 Viking flies by. Harmon, an Air Force exchange pilot with the U.S. Marines, is on a six-month Mediterranean tour and is flying F-18 Hornet missions off the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), a Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier. Exact Date Shot Unknown Published in AIRMAN Magazine April 1997

CPT Mike G. "Hatchet" Harmon shouts over the racket of landing jets to Navy LT Chris Bolt, a landing signal officer. LT Bolt stands at the stern of the ship, guiding and grading pilots who are coming in for a landing. Harmon, an Air Force exchange pilot with the U.S. Marines, is on a six-month Mediterranean tour and is flying F-18 Hornet missions off the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), a Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier. Exact Date Shot Unknown Published in AIRMAN Magazine April 1977

MAJ Steve "Lux" Luxion gets suited up for a Tomcat mission with the help of PR3 Joanne Bove, a Navy parachute rigger. MAJ Luxion, an Air Force exchange officer with the Navy, flies backseat in the F-14 Tomcat as a Radar Intercept Officer during his sea tour. They are aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), a Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Exact Date Shot Unknown Published in AIRMAN Magazine April 1997

USS Ford at Sea

USS Kincade

USS Nimitz

F/A-18s on Flight Deck

CG 57 At Sea

SH 60 Approach at Sea

RHIB Boat

Chain Gun

CVBG at Sea

Sailor Studies aboard ship

At her homeport, the Nimitz Class, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) is moored at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) quay wall. In the background are the Naval Aviation Depot and the Commander Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet (CNAP) buildings

Three camels graze on grass on the docks near the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (ARE). The US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) is visible in the background. CVN 70 is currently forward deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

Starboard bow view from a low angle up at the Nimitz Class, Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) tied up on the north side of pier #11. The USS TRENTON (LPD 14) is partially seen in the distance at the right of the frame

Port side view of the Nimitz Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) passing the historic Chamberlein Hotel on old Point Comfort. The ship is returning to Norfolk following her putting to sea to avoid the effect of Hurricane Floyd as that storm moved up the east coast

Port bow view of the Nimitz Class, Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) en route to Norfolk Naval Station. The ship had put to sea to avoid the effects of Hurricane Floyd as the storm moved up the U.S. east coast

An aerial view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) showing Sailors gather on the flight deck to spell out "IKE 2000" referring to their successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in the new millennium. CVN 69 is underway in the Mediterranean Sea while on a routine six-month deployment

An aerial view showing US Navy (USN) ships underway in the Mediterranean Sea while on a routine six-month deployment. Pictured top-to-bottom are the USN TICONDEROGA CLASS: Guided Missile Cruiser (Aegis) USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71), the NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) showing Sailors gather on the flight deck to spell out "IKE 2000" and the USS ANZIO (CG 68)

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) fight a simulated fire during a mass causality drill.

Steam Catapult Maintenance

Port side view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) underway in the Mediterranean Sea at sunrise during a scheduled six-month deployment

F/A-18 Launch

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) USN Sailors rush to lift a USN F/A-18 Hornet aircraft onto the flight deck, as the ship and its embarked Carrier Air Wing conduct scheduled training exercises off the coast of Southern California

An unidentified Aviation Boatswains Mate (AB) Aircraft Handler glares across the flight deck of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as the ship is on station in the Arabian Sea during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) steam rises around members of the Catapult Crew as they prepare to launch aircraft, while underway patrolling the Arabian Sea participating in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

USS Nimitz Port Visit Hawaii

USS Nimitz Arrives Home

USS Port Royal at Sea

A member of the Air Department watches as the Italian Navy Maestrale Class Frigate ITS ZEFFIRO (F 577) comes alongside the US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class (CVNM) Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) during operations in the Arabian Sea in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

CVN 74 At Sea

SH-60F Flying Plane Guard

Flight operations at night aboard CVN 74

F/A-18 Damaged during refueling

SH-60 helicopter maintenance

Fuel Control Board CVN 74

USS John C. Stennis Enduring Freedom

An EA-6B Prowler navigates during a Surface Search Contact (SSC) mission

Aviation Ordnancemen reload 20mm bullets into the 20mm gun system

A Pilot assigned to the �Black Ravens� of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Five (VAQ-135) plots tactical points for navigation during a Surface Search Contact (SSC) mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Black Ravens of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Five (VAQ-135)

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the �Black Ravens� of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Five (VAQ-135) launches from one of four steam driven catapults on the flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the �Wallbangers� of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Seven (VAW-117) prepares to launch from one of four steam driven catapults on the flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

USS John C. Stennis

Pearl Harbor - USS Stennis

USS Stennis homecoming

USS Bridge - homecoming

USS Stennis homecoming

USS Stennis homecoming

CVN 74 Returns from Operation Enduring Freedom

USS Stennis homecoming

CNO attends change of command ceremony

Bow on view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), underway at sea with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Fast Combat Support Ship, USNS SUPPLY (T-AOE 6), coming up along the starboard side to conduct Underway Replenishment (UNREP)

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), showing a USN F-14 Tomcat aircraft assigned to Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) in flight making a high-speed fly-by near the ship. The moisture in the air around the aircraft condenses into water vapor, as the aircraft breaks the sound barrier

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), showing a USN MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Four (HC-4) Black Stallions, in flight preparing for a Vertical On Board Delivery (VOD), while the Lincoln and her embarked Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW 14) are conducting combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to Strike Fighter Squadrons Two Five (VFA-25) and Strike Fighter Squadron One One Three (VFA-113) prepare the F/A-18C Hornet aircraft for a mission, while the Lincoln and her embarked Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW 14) are conducting combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) showing the Superstructure (Island), with fog lights illuminated, also the ships Integrated Landing System Elevation Transmitter Tower and Air Search Radar, visible to the right

A view from onboard the hangar deck of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 63), showing a port side view of the USN OLIVER HAZARD PERRY CLASS: GUIDED MISSILE FRIGAGE, USS INGRANAM (FFG 61) underway in the Pacific Ocean, during an early morning Replenishment At Sea (RAS), in preparation for their next regular scheduled deployment

managing the account of repair parts for the Supply Department aboard USS John C. Stennis

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), Jon Wood, driver of a Wood Brother's Roush Racing, NASCAR Craftsman F-150 racing truck, sits in the driver's seat of a "souped-up" USN support equipment tractor, rebuilt by the Intermediate Maintenance Division 4 (IM4) of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD)

A view of the flight deck onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), showing aircraft spotted on deck, as the ship transits the harbor at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. CVN 75 and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are on a regularly scheduled deployment, conducting missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. A rainbow is visible in the backgrond

Seaman Leanne Connelly from Denver, Colo., applies gold paint to one of two 30-ton Navy standard stockless anchors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

High oblique view showing the Military Sealift Command (MCS), SIRIUS (LYNESS) CLASS: COMBAT STORES SHIP, USS SPICA (T-AFS 9) steaming left, and the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), underway preparing for a Replenishment At Sea (RAS), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) showing a SA-330 Puma helicopter approaching the aft flight deck during a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) exercise. The USN ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS (FLIGHT II): GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER (Aegis), USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) is underway in the background. CVN 75 and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) are currently on a six-month deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Lt. j.g. Amelia Ebhardt assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Zero (VP-40), home based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wa flies on a routine mission

A P-3C Orion patrol aircraft takes off from Naval Air Station North Island.

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) showing a USN EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Eight (VAQ-138) "Yellow Jackets" conducting a high-speed fly-by during flight operations being conducted in the Pacific Ocean

Port side view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), being assisted by tugboats as the ship enters the harbor at Apra Harbor, Guam

USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) departs homeport for deployment.

Nimitz ships out

Sailor says goodbye to his daughter before deploying with USS Nimitz battle group.

Families say farewell

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Dean Shears stands watch as pier sentry watch as the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) sets out to sea

USS Princeton (CG 59) pulls away from its homeport of Naval Station San Diego. Princeton is part of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike force deployed in the Arabian Gulf conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom