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At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Jan. 29, 2003 -- An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27) is launched from one of four steam powered catapults off the ships flight deck. Kitty Hawk is the worlds only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Jason T. Poplin.

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