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At sea aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Jan. 13, 2003 -- A Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP), installed on the bottom of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41), is positioned on the ship's flight deck waiting to be launched during the next cycle of flight operations.  The Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) is a multi-functioned reconnaissance pod, adaptable to several airborne platforms for tactical manned airborne reconnaissance.  It is capable of simultaneous airborne and ground screening capabilities, and is designed to replace the Navy's Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS), currently flown on the F-14 Tomcat.  Nimitz is currently undergoing Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMTUEX) off the coast of San Diego, Calif. COMPTUEX is an exercise designed to train the ship, airwing, and other vessels in the battle group to function as one fighting force.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.  (RELEASED)

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