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Pacific Ocean (March 15, 2003) -- Flight deck Sailors refuel a T-45C Goshawk aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).  The T-45 aircraft are used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike mission instruction.  The carrier qualifications are normally conducted on an Atlantic-based carrier within close range of the Navy's Meridian, Miss. training facility.  However, the T-45 pilot qualifications were moved to the Pacific since Stennis is one of the few carriers not forward deployed to regions of conflict.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Michael Geary.  (RELEASED)

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