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An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during flight operations. George H.W. Bush is conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Smevog/Released)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile to conduct strikes against ISIL targets as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush and Philippine Sea are part of Carrier Strike Group 2, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst (Released)

F/A-18C Hornet VFA-15

U.S. Navy sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (VFA-15 ‘Valions’) aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)

Seen here May 2011, alongside the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the now decommissioned HMS Gloucester (D96) was a Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy. During the Gulf War of 1991, off the coast of Kuwait, the vessel made history while escorting the Iowa-class battleship USS Missouri when, under the command of Philip Wilcocks, she successfully engaged an Iraqi Silkworm missile threatening the American battleship. This was the first successful missile vs missile engagement at sea in combat by any Navy.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua D. Sheppard.

U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Alexandra Mimbela performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Aug. 21, 2014, in the Persian Gulf.

Photo: DoD/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens

Sailors conduct routine maintenance on a F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 maneuvers during an air power demonstration rehearsal alongside the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Gaines/Released)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mario Coto/Released)

An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)

F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).