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WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN (May 19, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Chris Gibson, signals to the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the USS George Washington (CVN 73)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Chris Gibson, from Newell, W.Va., left, signals to the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai
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