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An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, prepares to launch from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
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PERSIAN GULF (March 29, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, prepares to launch from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 are conducting a dual-carrier exercise with John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9. This marked the first time the Stennis and Eisenhower strike groups have operated together in a joint exercise while deployed to 5th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jon Dasbach (RELEASED)

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