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Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

A right side view of a C-1 Trader aircraft on the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

Flight deck crewmen attach an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft to a catapult during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

Flight deck crewmen inspect an A-3D Skywarrior aircraft during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

Attack Squadron 55 (VA-55) A-4F Skyhawk aircraft of Attack Carrier Wing 21 are parked on the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS HANCOCK (CVA 19)

Right side view of an SH-2F Seasprite Mark 1 Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) helicopter, hovering above the flight deck. The helicopter is from the Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (HSL-32)

A Fighter Squadron 14 (VF-14) F-14 Tomcat aircraft clears the flight deck after a wave-off during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

Crewmen service an F-14 Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

A port quarter view of the flight deck and island of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG). Ship's boats are stored in hull recesses under the flight deck

A view of SS-N-12 Shaddock missile launch tubes and an SA-N-3 missile launcher mounted on the bow of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG). Two 30mm close-in weapons systems guns are mounted on the forward part of the island and two more are mounted at the forward edge of the flight deck. A Bass Tilt fire control radar is mounted next to the deck edge guns

An elevated starboard view of the island and flight deck of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG) while the ship is underway

First Lady Betty Ford, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco at the Operation Sail Event aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59)

Photograph of President Gerald R. Ford Initiating the Ringing of Bicentennial Bells across the Nation on the Flight Deck of the USS Forrestal with American Revolution Bicentennial Administration Administrator John Warner

Sea water spray from the flight deck washdown system covers the deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Fog clings to the surface of the sea as the sun attemps to break through the clouds, just off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Brazilian S-2G Tracker aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) while underway off the coast of Rio de Janiero

Brazilian flight deck crewmen remove tie-down chains on a Brazilian S-2G Tracker aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) while underway off the coast of Rio de Janiero

Brazilian flight deck crewmen signal instructions to the pilot of a Brazilian S-2G Tracker aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) while underway off the coast of Rio de Janiero

An MD-3A tow tractor stands by to maneuver an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

An ordnance officer inspects a Mark 46 torpedo on an Aero 21A weapons skid being loaded aboard an SH-3 Sea King helicopter parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

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)

An E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft takes off during flight deck operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Two crewmen move Mk 82 500 pound bombs past two parked A6 Intruder attack aircraft during flight deck operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Flight deck crewmen move an F-14A Tomcat fighter aircraft with an MD-3 tow tractor aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A view of an E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, and F-14 Tomcat aircraft, an F-4 Phantom II aircraft, and several SH-3 King helicopters on the flight deck of the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as the aircraft carrier encounters a dense sea mist

F-14A Tomcat and other aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). The frigate USS W. S. SIMS (FF-1059) and the guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG-23) are in the background

A Navy pilot talks to Charles Snodgrass, right, a distinguished visitor, as they stand on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

LT. CMDR. George E. Dobes, Chaplain Corps, conducts a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for an INDEPENDENCE crew

An overhead view of a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Crewmen participate in a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for one of their fellow crewmen

A U.S. Marine Corps color guard stands at attention during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., commanding officer, delivers the eulogy at a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for an INDEPENDENCE crewman

An air-to-air left rear view of a Soviet I1-38 May reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft passing low over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36) SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter on the flight deck of the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075) as a crewman signals it for takeoff during exercise Unitas XX

A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36) SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter is refueled in flight as a crewman guides it from the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45), during exercise Unitas XX

Two crewmen, aboard the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075), load a Mark 46 anti-submarine warfare torpedo onto an SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter on the flight deck during exercise Unitas XX. The helicopter is assigned to Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36)

A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36) SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075) as a crewman signals during exercise Unitas XX

A starboard quarter view of the frigate USS TRIPPE's (FF-1075) flight deck and hangar during exercise Unitas XX

A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36) SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter is refueled in flight as a crewman guides it from the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45), during exercise Unitas XX

Two crewmen, aboard the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075), load a Mark 46 anti-submarine warfare torpedo onto an SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter on the flight deck during exercise Unitas XX. The helicopter is assigned to Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36)

An SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter undergoes in flight refueling, while a crewman guides it from the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45), during exercise Unitas XX. The helicopter is assigned to Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36)

An SH-2D Seasprite helicopter on the flight deck of the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075) during exercise Unitas XX

A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36) SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter is refueled in flight as a crewman guides it from the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45), during exercise Unitas XX

A crewman aboard the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075) loads a Mark 46 anti-submarine warfare torpedo onto an SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter, on the flight deck during exercise Unitas XX. The helicopter is assigned to Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36)

Two crewmen, aboard the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075), load a Mark 46 anti-submarine warfare torpedo onto an SH-2F Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter on the flight deck during exercise Unitas XX. The helicopter is assigned to Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (HSL-36)

A right front view of an S-3 Viking aircraft landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A right front view of an F-14 Tomcat as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A view from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) while it is anchored in the harbor

A partial view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) with aircraft on its flight deck

Four flight deck crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) attach a missile to the wing of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft

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 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 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 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)

Crew members perform maintenance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). Parked in the background are A-7E Corsair II aircraft and an A-6E Intruder aircraft, right

Crew members perform maintenance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Parked in the background are E-2 Hawkeye aircraft

A right front view of a Marine AV-8B Harrier II aircraft as it takes off from the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship

The helicopters assigned to the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) fly by as crewmen watch from the aircraft carrier's flight deck

Crewmen watch from the flight deck of the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as aircraft from each squadron stationed aboard the aircraft carrier fly by in formation

An aircraft is silhouetted by the setting sun on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A U.S. Marine plays taps during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

An overhead view of a memorial service underway on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

Officers, clergymen and a U.S. Marine Corps color guard stand near a fighter aircraft during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

A UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lowers cargo onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) during vertical replenishment (VERTREP) operations

An overhead view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway as crewmen form the word "Indy" on the flight deck. The carrier is heading home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea

Crewman inside the flight deck control center aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) use a table to simulate the arrangement of aircraft on the carrier's flight deck

Crewman inside the flight deck control center aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) use a table to simulate the arrangement of aircraft on the carrier's flight deck

A right front view of an S-3A Viking aircraft as it touches down on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). Visible in the foreground is the radar dish attached to an E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft

An A-7 Corsair II attack aircraft from Light Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27) is directed by a flight deck crewman aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

Flight deck crewmen and aircraft are silhouetted on the deck of an aircraft carrier as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft flies overhead. (SUBSTANDARD)

A right front view of a Medium Attack Squadron 37 (VA-37) A-7E Corsair II aircraft landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV 60) during training exercises 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

Crewmen stack cargo on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) after it was off loaded from a US-3A Viking aircraft

An A-6 Intruder aircraft pilot and the flight deck officer discuss flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Robert E. Kirksey, commander, Task Force 77, observes flight deck operations from the 0-10 level aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Two flight deck crewmen discuss operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A flight deck crewman carries tie-down chains to secure aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A flight deck crewman adjusts his ear protection gear while participating in flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Flight deck crewmen discuss operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Robert E. Kirksey, commander, Task Force 77, observes flight deck operations from the 0-10 level aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A flight deck crewman positions an A-6 Intruder aircraft onto a catapult for launching from the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A flight deck crewmen uses tie-down chains to secure an A-6 Intruder aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Flight deck crewmen crouch low as an A-6 Intruder aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Two flight deck crewmen use tie-down chains to secure aircraft to the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). The aircraft at right is an A-7 Corsair II and the aircraft on the left is an A-6 Intruder

Passengers wait to go aboard a US-3A Viking aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41). The aircraft will be transporting them to the US Naval Support Activity, Diego Garcia

A flight deck crewman offloads cargo from a US-3A Viking aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

Flight deck crewmen prepare to refuel an A-7 Corsair II aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Robert E. Kirksey, commander, Task Force 77, observes flight deck operations from the 0-10 level aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Landing signal officers discuss operates on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Crewmen inside the flight deck center aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) use a table to simulate the arrangement of aircraft on the carrier's flight deck

Flight deck crewmen refuel an A-7 Corsair II aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Flight deck crewmen stand by with tie down chains aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). The chains are used to secure aircraft in position on the flight deck

Flight deck crewmen move quickly by an MD-3A tow tractor as an F-14 Tomcat aircraft, background, is launched from the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A silhouetted view of crewmen on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), as they participate in a search for foreign object damage. Visible in the background is an A-6 Intruder in flight

Flight deck personnel refuel an A-6 Intruder attack aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Three crewmen stand by with two MD-3 tow tractors (right) and an NC-2 Mobile Electric Powerplant (left) during flight deck operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). In the background is an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) (left) and A-7 Corsair II and A-6 Intruder aircraft are parked on the right

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael G. Jegland, a pilot, in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

Lieutenant Commander Gregory Netzorg, left, a pilot, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1ST Class (AM1) Garland Hatley in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael G. Hegland, left, a pilot, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) 2nd Class (AMH2) Gery Contreras in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

A Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) F-4N Phanton II aircraft is launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles

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