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Indian Ocean (Apr. 4, 2003) -- An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Seventeen (VAW-117) lines-up behind a jet blast deflector (JBD) awaiting the launch of other air wing aircraft aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) are expected to join coalition forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate IraqÕs weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.  (RELEASED)

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