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A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts a partially dismantled Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 9 (HS-9) SH-3H Sea King helicopter from the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) to carry it to the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)

LT. P. J. Azzolina Gulfe du Lion....A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) anchored off the coast of Toulon, France. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH2 Tracy Lee Didas Atlantic Ocean....An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft, equipped with a fuel tanker package on the left wing pylon, is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH2 Tracy L. Didas Mediterranean Sea....An aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) underway with ships of its battle group. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. P. J. Azzolina Gulfe du Lion....A silhouetted starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) anchored off the coast of Toulon, France. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway during Operation DISPLAY DETERMINATION

A starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway during NATO exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION

A Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11 (HS-11) SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the downed pilot of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft that crashed after being launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft later crashed after launching

A Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11 (HS-11) SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the downed pilot of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft that crashed after being launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11 (HS-11) SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the downed pilot of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft as a motor whatleboat arrives to help. The aircraft crashed after being launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft prepares for launching from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft later crashed after launching

A rescue diver is lowered into the water after an A-7E Corsair II aircraft crashed during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A view of the AN/SLQ-17 electronic warfare system aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)

An aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) underway

Electronic warfare technicians operate the AN/SLQ-17 electronic warfare system equipment aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)

The seal of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An air-to-air left side view of four Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft in formation above the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A pilot waves from the cockpit of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Members of a A-6E Intruder flight crew strap themselves into their aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft is armed with six Mark 82 500-pound bombs, two Mark 82 retarded delivery bombs and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An air to air left side view of four Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft in formation above the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A port bow view of ships in Carrier Battle Group Eight underway off the coast of Lebanon. They are: left to right: the replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), replenishing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), an unidentified auxiliary ship, guided missile cruiser USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG 27), frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059), guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG 23), and the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A starboard bow view of ships in Carrier Battle Group Eight underway off the coast of Lebanon. They are: left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG 27), replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), replenishing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059), guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG 23), and the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway off the starboard side of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). The ships are operating with Carrier Battle Group Eight off the coast of Lebanon

A port quarter view of a Soviet Krivak I class guided missile frigate observing Carrier Battle Group Eight off the coast of Lebanon. The ships are, left to right: the guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG 23), nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6) and the frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059)

A starboard view of US Navy ships of Carrier Battle Group Eight off the coast of Lebanon. The ships are, left to right: the frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059), replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), guided missile cruiser JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG 27) and the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A starboard bow view of ships in Carrier Battle Group Eight underway off the coast of Lebanon. They are: left to right: the replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), replenishing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG 23), and the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A starboard bow view of ships in Carrier Battle Group Eight underway off the coast of Lebanon. They are: left to right: the replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), replenishing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059), the guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG 23), and the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway with Carrier Battle Group Eight off the coast of Lebanon

A port bow view of ships in Carrier Battle Group Eight underway off the coast of Lebanon. They are: front to back: the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), replenishment oiler USS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6), and the frigate USS W.S. SIMS (FF 1059)

An elevated starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), foreground, sailing by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The EISENHOWER is on deployment and is being relieved by the INDEPENDENCE

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), foreground, with a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter at the stern, as she is relieved from deployment by the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

An aerial starboard view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway with two A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) in flight above the ship

An aerial stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CARL VINSON (CVN 70) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding

A port bow view of the Mars class combat stores ship USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS-4) underway off the starboard side of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway

A starboard view of the island structure and amidships section of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A right front view of an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter parked in the hangar bay of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The helicopter is being prepared to take part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Officers in the hangar bay of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) discuss final plans for Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A left side view of an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen in the hangar bay of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) discuss last-minute maintenance needed on an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter prior to Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

CAPT John R. Batzler, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), left, and COL Keating, U.S. Air Force, discuss final plans for Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran. They are standing in front of an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter parked in the hangar bay aboard the NIMITZ

Crewmen aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prepare two RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters for participation in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen perform last-minute preflight maintenance on RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The helicopters are taking part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Tow tractors move two RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters into position on the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen board an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A view of RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The helicopters are being prepared for participation in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A tow tractor moves an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter into position on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A right side view of two F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

A right side view of three RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen board an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A tow tractor moves an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter into position on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A view of two RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A right side view of six RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters in flight, just after lifting off the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The helicopters are taking part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A left side view of six RH-35D Sea Stallion helicopters in flight. The helicopters, based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), are taking part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen gather around an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Crewmen prepare to tow an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter, not visible, to the elevator for lifting to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A view of four parked RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters in the hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The helicopters are being prepared to take part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A right side view of two RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters in flight. The helicopters, based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), are taking part in Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

A starboard beam view of the island and forward deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters line the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) prior to the start of Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran, gets underway as an RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter lifts off the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). Other helicopters are lined up to be launched

An interior view of the hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The parked RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters are being readied for Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Three RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters are lined up on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in preparation for Operation Evening Light, a rescue mission to Iran

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (MM2) Harry Giles stands on the fantail of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS TEXAS (CGN-39) with the U.S. flag as a backdrop. The TEXAS, the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS CALIFORNIA (DGN-36) and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) have just returned from deployment to the Indian Ocean

A port beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) silhouetted against the setting sun

A high angle bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway. (Substandard image)

A starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

An air-to-air side view of an E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft from Carrier AEW Squadron 124. The E-2C is assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) executing a turn

A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A nighttime aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) anchored just offshore

A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A port bow view of the replenishment oiler USS MILWAUKEE (AOR 2) performing underway refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) on its port side and the combat store ship USS CONCORD (AFS 5) on its starboard side

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). A helicopter hovers over the forward flight deck

An A-6 Intruder aircraft prepares for launch aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Flight deck crewmen prepare an A-6 Intruder aircraft for flight aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A left front view of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft preparing to launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter is parked to the left

An A-6 Intruder aircraft prepares for launch aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A portrait of a flight deck photographer participating in aircraft launch and recovery operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A right front view of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft, with wingtips folded, secured to the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Plane directors signal instructions to the pilot of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft during launch and recovery operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A portrait of a squadron plane inspector participating in aircraft launch and recovery operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An A-6E Intruder aircraft engages the arresting cable during a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The A-6E is assigned to Medium Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65)

An A-6E Intruder aircraft, with its arresting hook down, approaches for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The A-6E is assigned to Medium Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65). Third view in a series of eight

An A-6E Intruder aircraft rests on the flight deck after an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The A-6E is assigned to Medium Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65). Eighth view in a series of eight

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft, with its arresting hook down, approaches for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The F-14 is assigned to Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

A right front view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft, with the canopy open, as the flight crew prepares for a catapult-assisted takeoff from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). Three blast deflector panels are raised at the rear of the aircraft

An SH-3 Sea King helicopter approaches for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. The SH-3 is assigned to Helicopter Squadron 5 (HS-5)

A right side view of the nose section and canopy of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Flight deck personnel carry stretchers to a waiting SH-3 Sea King helicopter during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The SH-3 is assigned to Helicopter Squadron 6 (HS-6)

An A-7E Corsair II aircraft prepares to touch down on the flight deck during an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The A-7E is assigned to Light Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66)

A portrait of a flight deck crewman participating in aircraft launching and recovery operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A portrait of a squadron plane inspector participating in aircraft launch and recovery operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An A-6E Intruder aircraft, with its arresting hook down, approaches for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The A-6E is assigned to Medium Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65). Second view in a series of eight