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A “shooter” launches an F/A-18C “Hornet” assigned to the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27) from one of four steam driven catapults on the ship’s flight deck.
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At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Nov. 14, 2002 A shooter launches an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27) from one of four steam driven catapults on the ships flight deck. Shooters use signals as a visual aid for the pilots and flight deck personnel when launching aircraft. Kitty Hawk is the Navys only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom.

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