GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) -- Capt. Kevin Mannix, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, right, and Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander, CVW 11 launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154. Osterhoudt completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or "trap", aboard Nimitz Aug. 28. Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conductin...

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) – Capt. Kevin Mannix, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander, CVW 11, are directed in an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, for take off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Osterhoudt completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing aboard Nimitz Aug. 28. Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime securi...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11. CVW-11 fixed wing aircraft flew off Nimitz to return home after more than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/ Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) – Capt. Rob Osterhoudt, deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing 11, right, shakes hands with Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) before his milestone flight. Osterhoudt completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing aboard Nimitz Aug. 28. Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring...

RED SEA (Sept. 6, 2013) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 await flight operations on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 11, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A. Harkins/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 25, 2013) A F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, prepares its launch off the catapult of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing 11 recently left San Diego for a Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (June 10, 2013) Sailors reposition an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 22, 2013) A F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches off of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek W. Volland/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 1, 2013) A pilot signals he's ready for movement from inside an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 before repositioning on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Lindsay Copeland, from Oakmont, Pa., assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 inspects an M61A2 20mm machine gun in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass...

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Rel...

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Derrick Brooks helps prepare a F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 for launch off of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (July 30, 2013) -- A plane captain signals a pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Bartlett/Released)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).