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A starboard bow view of the Iranian destroyer escort ITS FARAMARZ (DE 74), now redesignated the frigate IS SAHAND (F 74). NOTE: This vessel was sunk on 19 April 1988 by aircraft CVW 11 from the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in retaliation for the mining of the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in the Persian Gulf. The vessel was hit by three Harpoon missiles and numerous cluster bomblets

A starboard quarter view of the Iranian destroyer escort ITS ROSTAM (DE-73), now redesignated the frigate IS SABALAN (F-73). NOTE: This vessel was heavily damaged on 19 April 1988 by air attack of units of CVW-11 from the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in retaliation for the mining of the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) in the Persian Gulf. The ship was reported under repair but as of 1991 has not yet been seen in service

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) being prepared for launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

Right from view of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Medium Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 103 (VF-103) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right front view of an E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft from Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 (VAW-113) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS SARAGTOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right front view of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 105 (VA-105) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

Right front view of an S-3A Viking aircraft from Air Anti-submarine Squadron 22 (VS-22) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) fly over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) during an air show. The aircraft include (right to left) F-14 Tomcats (top right), A-7 Corsair IIs (bottom right), S-3 Viking and A-6 Intruders

An in-flight left side view of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft, from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22), assigned to Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An in-flight left side view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An air-to-air left side view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An air-to-air left rear view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

A right view of an SH-3A Sea King helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 9 (HS-9) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

An SH-3 Sea King helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 9 (HS-9) lifts off the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81. In the foreground is an A-6A Intruder aircraft (with folded wings) from Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Il-38 Ilyushin aircraft, NATO designation "May," and a U. S. Navy A-73 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14). The smaller U.S. Navy aircraft is being piloted by LCDR Dave Park

A left side air-to-air view of four Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) A-6E Intruder aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

An air-to-air left side view of six A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 87 (VA-87). The aircraft are assigned to Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

Bob Lawson, USN (Ret.) Hawthorne Lake, Nev....An air-to-air right side view of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123) during Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) strike training. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A rear view of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft taking off from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). In the right foreground is a parked S-3 Viking anti-submarine aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9)

A top view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) just after take-off from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64)

A view of the front of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft with shark's teeth and eyes painted on it to symbolize Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). The F-14 is being used in exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A public affairs officer waits to welcome Navy pilots from Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) home after a Western Pacific deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). A wife of one of the pilots is standing on the right

A view of the jet intake of a Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) F-14 Tomcat aircraft, based aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). The aircraft is being used in exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A view of the front underside of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft with a shark's teeth paint scheme to symbolize Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). The F-14 is being used during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) lined up on the air field arriving from a Western Pacific deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

A view of the nose of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft with shark's teeth and eyes painted on it to symbolize Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). The F-14 is being used in exercise Gallant Eagle '82

Families of Navy pilots from Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) welcome the men home after a Western Pacific deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

Three A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) arrive from a Western Pacific deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

U.S. Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) offload the remains of Lieutenant Commander Nicholas George Brooks from an SH-3 Sea King helicopter, attached to Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6). Brooks, killed in action over Laos in 1973, will be given a burial-at-sea service

Ordnancemen from Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) arm bombs being loaded aboard an aircraft

Ordnancemen from Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) arm bombs being loaded aboard an aircraft

Ordnancemen from Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) arm bombs being loaded aboard an aircraft

An Ordnancemen from Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) arms a bomb being loaded aboard an aircraft

Ground crewman prepare to load bombs onto the pylon of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

An air-to-air right side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

A ground crewman performs maintenance on the APQ-126 radar equipment located in the nose of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

A view of bombs on the flight line prior to loading operations with A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

Ground crewman load bombs onto the pylon of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

An air-to-air left underside view of two A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

An air-to-air right side view of two A-4E Skyhawk aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

Ground crewman prepare to load a bomb onto the pylon of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

Ground crewman load bombs onto the pylon of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

A ground crewmen performs maintenance on the APQ-126 radar equipment located in the nose of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

A view of bombs on the flight line prior to loading operations with A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

A view of the fuses used to arm several bombs during loading operations with A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

A view from the interior of an A-6E Intruder aircraft of a ground crewman directing it on to the flight line in preparation for bomb loading operations. The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

A view of bombs on the flight line prior to being loaded onto A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

A view of several practice bombs in a stack, during Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6) ordnance loading operations

An air-to-air left underside view of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)

An aerial starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway with its Battle Group, as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) fly overhead

An aerial bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICAN (CV-66) underway with its battle group, as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) fly overhead

A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway AS 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) fly overhead

An aerial starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway with its Battle Group, as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) fly overhead

A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) fly overhead

An aerial bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway with its battle group as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) fly overhead

An aerial starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) underway with her battle group as 16 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) fly overhead

Intelligence SPECIALIST SEAMAN L. Sieracki operates a computer terminal in the office of Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The plane is piloted by the Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), aboard the EISENHOWER

Aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) fly over the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). The aircraft include F-4 Phantoms, A-7 Corsairs and A-6 Intruders

Captain Thomas S. Slater, Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), observes as Commander Bruce V. Wood (right) is relieved as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 52 (VA 52) by CDR Donald L. Sullivan, during a change of command ceremony at Hangar Six

Spray erupts into the air as ordnance dropped by Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft detonates on the surface of the water during an air show. CVW-7 is assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Spray erupts into the air as ordnance dropped by Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft detonates on the surface of the water during an air show. CVW-7 is assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) fly in formation during an air power demonstration. Included in the formation are A-6E Intruders, A-7E Corsair IIs, F-14A Tomcats and one EA-6B Prowler

Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) fly in formation during an air power demonstration. Included in the formation are A-6E Intruders, A-7E Corsair IIs, F-14A Tomcats and one EA-6B Prowler

Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) fly in formation during an air power demonstration. Included in the formation are A-6E Intruders, A-7E Corsair IIs, F-14A Tomcats and one EA-6B Prowler

Spray erupts into the air as ordnance dropped by Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aircraft detonates on the surface of the water during an air show. CVW-7 is assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A US Navy (USN) F-14A Tomcat, Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111), Sundowners, Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California (CA), makes the first landing on the deck of the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) by Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)

A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) as various aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW-9) fly in formation over the ship

Four A-6E Intruder aircraft of Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA(AW)-121) form up for a rendezvous with elements of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) on a strike training mission

A formation of aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) fly over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) during a dependent's day cruise

Various aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation. The aircraft are participating in an air power demonstration during a dependent's day cruise aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Various aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation. The aircraft are participating in an air power demonstration during a dependent's day cruise aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway in the Bermuda operating area with a formation of aircraft approaching from the ship's stern. The aircraft are from Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), deployed from the NIMITZ

An air to air left side view of F-14A Tomcat, A-7 Corsair II, EA-6B Prowler and A-6 Intruder aircraft flying in formation. The aircraft are part of Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), deployed from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) underway in the Bermuda operating area with a formation of aircraft approaching from the ship's stern. The aircraft are from Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), deployed from the NIMITZ

During a pre-deployment inspection, a maintenance crewman attaches a piece of test equipment to the static tube projecting from the rudder of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Attack Squadron 35 (VA-35). In less than three weeks, VA-35 and the other squadrons of Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) will deploy to the Western Pacific aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A maintenance crewman from Attack Squadron 35 (VA-35) climbs into the left engine intake of one of his squadron's A-6E Intruder aircraft for a pre-deployment inspection. In less than three weeks, VA-35 and the other squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) will deploy to the Western Pacific aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A mechanic tightens a panel near the open landing gear of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Attack Squadron 35 (VA-35) during pre-deployment maintenance. In less than three weeks VA-35 and the other squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) will begin a deployment to the Western Pacific aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A view of several F/A-18A Hornet, A-6E Intruder, and EA-6B Prowler aircraft parked on the flight line. The Carrier Air Wing 13 (CVW-13) aircraft, based aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), have been sent to Sigonella for corrosion control treatment

An air-to-air right side view of a US Navy Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) F/A-18A aircraft escorting a Soviet Tu-95 Bear D aircraft

A firefighting team mans a hose on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) during a general quarters drill. In the background is an S-3A Viking aircraft of Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1). Some pilots of CVW-1, normally assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66), are landing aboard the ROOSEVELT to gain their carrier qualifications

An S-3A Viking aircraft, left, and an A-6E Intruder aircraft are in position for launch on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Behind each blast deflector is an F-14A Tomcat aircraft. The aircraft, the pilots of which are working toward their carrier qualifications, are from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), the wing assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66)

An S-3A Viking aircraft stands ready for launch as an F-14A Tomcat aircraft waits behind a blast deflector on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). The pilots, who are from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), are working toward their carrier qualifications. CVW-1 is the wing assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66)

A sailor descends a ladder to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The S-3A Viking aircraft in the background at right is from Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32), part of Carrier Air WIng 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Aircraft handlers attach tie-down chains to an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on an elevator aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The aircraft belongs to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Aircraft handlers prepare to move an S-3A Viking aircraft from an elevator into a hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The aircraft belongs to Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Catapult crewmen attach a holdback bar to the nose gear of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The aircraft belongs to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Flight deck crewmen make final preparations to launch an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The aircraft belongs to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 (VAW-123), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) fly in formation during an air power demonstration

Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW 9) fly in formation

Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A flight deck crewman signals the pilot of a Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-14A Tomcat aircraft to raise his tailhook after landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). VF-33 is part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA

Crewmen take a break from their task of scrubbing the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The S-3A Viking aircraft in the background is from Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32), part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

A crash crewman sits at the wheel of a P-16 firefighting and rescue truck during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Some of the aircraft in the background are assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), which is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). Those aircraft are being flown by pilots from CVW-1 who are working toward their carrier qualifications