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At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Apr. 2, 2002 -- Sailors brace themselves as an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to "Black Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three One Four (VMFA-314) is launched from one of four steam catapult systems on the ship's flight deck.  John C. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) are conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Word.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
April 2, 2002
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Word
Caption Writer
PH2 R. Rubio, NVNS Staff
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
CVN 74
Other Visible Equipment
F/A-18 Hornet
Plane Number
Not available
Tail Code
Black Knights (VMFA-314)
On catapult, ready to launch