Pictured on board of the USS Nimitz while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 "Tophatters" was the second squadron that deployed with the F/A-18E Super Hornet, but the first that deployed together with a sister squadron that was equipped with the F/A-18F.
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 "Tomcatters" are the second oldest Navy Fighter Attack squadron operating today. The squadron is based at NAS Oceana (VA) and is using the call-sign "Felix" after the emblem and mascot, the famous cartoon character Felix the Cat, running with a large spherical bomb with a lighted fuse. The squadron became the last unit to fly F-14 Tomcats with the Pacific Fleet and saw the last F-14 flight occurring on 4 October 2006. VF-31 transitioned to F/A-18E Super Hornet and was redesignated VFA-31 in late 2006.
This shot was taken shortly after completing a low level mission through the mountains of Scotland. Post flight checks are being carried out by the US Navy groundcrew, seen here wearing standard-issue fluorescent safety vests, replacing the more familiar green, brown and blue vests normally worn during carrier deck operations.