F/A-18A Hornets - nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

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F/A-18A Hornets - nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2007) - Sailors and Marines ensure the safe operation of elevator 2 while lowering two F/A-18A Hornets, assigned to the "Red Devils" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet of operations participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2007. The Nimitz, Kitty Hawk, and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups are part of the largest joint exercise in recent history. Held in the Guam operating area, the exercise includes 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer
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