aviation boatswain mate

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Rhena Stephans, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, prepares an F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, to be launched from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group’s mission-readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole Schroeder/Released)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Victor Romero, from Orlando, Fla., signals for a CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

“U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown(CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The “00” identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an “in the field” application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels. A non-specular insignia white diagonal stripe on the tail and the green propeller hub identified CVG-5 aboard the Yorktown.”

(US Navy Photo)