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An F/A -18C Hornet aircraft catches the arresting cable as it lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as the vessel is underway during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A plane inspector stands ready on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A flight deck crewman gives the stop signal on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Flight deck crewmen stand ready as a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Flight deck crewmen use an MD-3 tow tractor to move an F-14 Tomcat aircraft on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. The Tomcat has an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile mounted on the outboard wing pylon and an AIM-7 Sparrow missile mounted on the inboard pylon

Two flight deck crewmen help secure an external fuel tank on the wing of an Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) A-6 Intruder aircraft on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

LTJG Rob Lagrone, a member of Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115), prepares for a mission in his AS-6E Intruder aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The pilot of an A-6E Prowler aircraft prepares for a mission on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Aviation ordnancemen use an Aero 21A weapons skid to move AIM-9 Sidewiner missiles across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. A Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) F/A-18C Hornet aircraft is in the background

Flight deck crewmen prepare a Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) EA-6B Prowler aircraft for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Steven Fowler, a jet engine mechanic with Air Anti-submarine Squadron 21 (VS-21), repairs the oil line on an S-3A Viking aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft stops after landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. The crewman in the foreground gives the pilot the stop sign

Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Steven Fowler, a jet engine mechanic with Air Anti-submarine Squadron 21 (VS-21), repairs the oil line of an S-3A Viking aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A flight deck crewman adds hydraulic fluid to an aircraft on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

An E-2C Hawkeye aircraft approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. A flight deck cleaning vehicle is in the foreground

AIRMAN Terry Horn of Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) used hand signals to communicate with other crew members on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Flight deck crew members stand in line near an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft and various other aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The vessel is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Flight deck crew members move a NAN-2 nitrogen servicing unit across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) while the vessel is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A flight deck crew member signals to the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Aviation ordnancemen load a laser-guided bomb onto the pylon of an A-6E Intruder aircraft aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Aviation ordnancemen load a laser-guided bomb onto the pylon of an A-6E intruder aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A catapult crew member signals for the launch of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) while the carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A flight deck crew member shouts instructions across the flight deck as another crew member stands by aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). The carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Flight deck crew members service a Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 12 (HS-12) SH-3H Sea King helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) while the carrier is underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd prallel in Iraq. Other crew members stand by beside an F-14A Tomcat aircraft and a NAN-2 nitrogen servicing unit, at right

Silhouetted by the setting sun, flight deck crewmen work to secure an EA-6B Prowler aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The pilot of a Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft prepares to take off after missing the last arresting cable on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The launch officer gives the launch signal to the pilot of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft lands on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft stops after landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft hooks an arresting cable on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The launch officer gives the launch signal to the pilot of a Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) F-14 Tomcat aircraft on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Silhouetted by the setting sun, flight deck crewmen walk toward a row of aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 5 (HC-5) HH-46D helicopter assigned to the ammunition ship USNS KILAUEA (T-AE-26) lands on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A maintenance crewman works on the starboard engine of a SH-3 Sea King helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE Is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The fleet oiler USNS ANDREW J. HIGGINS (T-AO-190) delivers fuel to the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) during an underway replenishment. The INDEPENDENCE is participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

The pilot of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft waits for the launch signal on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The INDEPENDENCE is participating in Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) following the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as the two vessels are underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A port beam view of the aircraft carriers USS RANGER (CV-61) and USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A starboard view of the aircraft carriers USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and USS RANGER (CV-61) underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

An SH-3H Sea King helicopter follows the Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A starboard beam view of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

A starboard view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway in the gulf during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, shows and explains the Iraqi mine recovered from the Persian Gulf to Adm. David E. Jeremiah, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF. Other officials and foreign military personnel are on the tour of the miscellaneous command ship USS LaSALLE (AGF-3). Adm. Jeremiah is in the region to monitor Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft below the 32nd parallel

ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, right, converses with RADM Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Comand, aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). Jeremiah is visiting the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

RADM Raynor A. E. Taylor, commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, center, briefs ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, as Jeremiah studies a mine during his tour aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chariman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, responds to a question from the media during a press conference aboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

RADM Raynor A. E. Taylor, commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, center, briefs ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, as other military and civilian officials stand beside a mine aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

RADM Raynor A. E. Taylor, commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, center, briefs ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, as Jeremiah studies a mine during his tour aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, explains one of the Iraqi mines recovered from the Persian Gulf to Adm. David E. Jeremiah, Vice Chairman of the JCS, on board the miscellaneous command ship USS La Salle (AGF-3). Other officials and foreign military personnel are also on the tour. Adm. Jeremiah is in the region to monitor Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of a "No Fly Zone" for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel

ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chariman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, responds to a question from the media during a press conference aboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chariman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, responds to a question from the media during a press conference aboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61). Jeremiah is in the region to monitor activities during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq

SEAMAN Franklin Boyd speaks into a sound-powered telephone while standing the lee helm watch on the guided missile cruiser USS JOUETT (CG-29) during Operation Southern Watch

Flight deck personnel and the crew prepare a Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 31 (HSL-33) SH-2F Seasprite helicopter for takeoff on the flight deck of the guided missile cruiser USS JOUETT (CG-29) during Operation Southern Watch

GUNNER's Mate 3rd Class James Pittman checks the 2nd stage fins of a RIM-2 Terrier missile in the Mk 10, Mod 7 guided missile cruiser USS JOUETT (CG-29) during Operation Southern Watch

SEAMAN Franklin Boyd wears a sound-powered telephone while standing the lee helm watch on the guided missile cruiser USS JOUETT (CG-29) during Operation Southern Watch

British sailors secure their ship's banner to the gangplank of the frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87) following the vessel's arrival at Mina Salman. The CHATHAM is part of a coalition force stationed in the region to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen man the rails of the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV as the ship passes the moored miscellaneous command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). Both ships are participating in Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen man the rails of the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

Dock workers stand beside the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87) following the vessel's arrival in Mina Salman. The CHATHAM is stationed in the region as part of a coalition enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen on the bow of the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) standby to adjust mooring lines as the ship is moored in port during Operation Southern Watch. The stern of the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87) is on the left

An onboard crane lowers the brow of the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV as the ship is moored in port during Operation Southern Watch. The bow of the miscellaneous command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) is in the background

Crewmen stand easy on the stern of the destroyer USS KINKAID (DD-965) moored in port during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen man the rails of the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen on the stern of the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) prepare to secure mooring lines as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen man the rails of the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

A port bow view of the French frigate GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch. The stern of the destroyer USS KINKAID (DD-965) is in the foreground

A port bow view of the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

Crewmen man the rails of the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV as the ship enters port during Operation Southern Watch

A Russian naval officer plays the accordion accompanied on guitar by a U.S. serviceman. They are attending a party hosted by the USS KINKAID (DD-965) for members of various coalition navies taking part in coalition efforts to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Various coalition ships are moored at Mina Salman while stationed in the region to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch. The vessels include, from front, foreground: the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV and the miscellaneous command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). In the background are the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87), the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) and the destroyer USS KINKAID (DD-965)

Russian and French naval personnel attend a cookout hosted by the USS KINKAID (DD-965) for members of various coalition navies taking part in efforts to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Dock workers secure a mooring line to the pier at Mina Salman following the arrival of the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87). The CHATHAM is stationed in the region as part of a coalition enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Various coalition ships are moored at Mina Salman while stationed in the region to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch. The vessels include, from left: the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87), the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) and the destroyer USS KINKAID (DD-965). At the right are the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV and the miscellaneous command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3)

Journalist 1ST Class Sharie Derrickson poses for a photograph with a group of Russian sailors from the guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV. They are attending a party hosted by the USS KINKAID (DD-965) for members of various navies taking part in coalition efforts to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Journalist 1ST Class Sharie Derrickson speaks with a Russian officer from the guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV. The two are attending a party hosted by the USS KINKAID (DD-965) for members of the various navies taking part in coalition efforts to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch

Crew members gather at the railings of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) as the gangplank is lowered following the vessel's return from deployment in the Persian Gulf during OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH AND RESTORE HOPE. The Persian Gulf deployment represents the RANGER's final mission prior to decommissioning

A Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) F/A-18C Hornet aircraft refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. Standing by is an F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24). The squadrons are embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

Three F/A-18C Hornets from the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) fly in formation over Kuwait City during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. Each aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the wing pylons. The two aircraft in the foreground are from Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) and the aircraft in the background is from VFA-146

An F/A 18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) flies past oil fields near Kuwait City during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips. VFA-147 is embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

Three F/A-18C Hornets from the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) fly in formation over Kuwait City during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. Each aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the wing pylons. The two aircraft in the foreground are from Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) and the aircraft in the background is from VFA-146

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) passes oil fields near Kuwait City during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips. VFA-147 is embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

A Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) F/A-18C Hornet aircraft refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. Standing by is an F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24). The squadrons are embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146) refuels from a KC-10A Extender aircraft during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. Standing by are an A-6E Intruder aircraft and an EA-6B Prowler aircraft. VFA-146) is embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) flies over an oil platform during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. The Hornet is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the wing pylons. VFA-147 is embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146) escorts a United Nations aircraft during Operation Southern Watch, a multinational effort establishing a no-fly zone for Iraqi aircraft south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. VFA-146 is embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

The miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) passes astern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of the no-fly zone in southern Iraq. F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) and Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) are parked on the flight deck

A crew member watches from the island as the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) approaches the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of the no-fly zone in southern Iraq. F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) and Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) are parked on the flight deck

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) is serviced on the flight deck as the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) passes astern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of the no-fly zone in southern Iraq

A view of various aircraft parked on the flight deck near the island of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The NIMITZ is in the region to support efforts enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq on the first day of Operation Southern Watch

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway. The carrier is in the region in support of efforts to enforce the no-fly zone against Iraq during the first day of Operation Southern Watch

A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway. The carrier is in the region in support of efforts to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq during the first day of Operation Southern Watch

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

An overhead view of the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) underway alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during Operation Southern Watch

An overhead view of the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) underway during Operation Southern Watch

A starboard view of the fleet oiler USS KANSAS CITY (AOR-3) underway during Operation Southern Watch

A starboard quarter view of the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway alongside during Operation Southern Watch

An overhead view of the U.S.-flagged Kuwaiti tanker SS BRIDGETON underway during Operation Southern Watch

A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) approaches the carrier to port during Operation Southern Watch

A port quarter view of the miscellaneous flagship USS LA SALLE (AFG-3) as it approaches the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during Operation Southern Watch