Pictured on board of the USS Nimitz (CVN_68) this Viking shows clearly its identity, Sea Control "Squadron (VS) 29, nicknamed Dragonfires. Although both in an almost boring grey color scheme, NH-700 is in stark contrast to its unmarked squadron mate 159766/NH-705.
Carrier clearly speeding up to create wind over the flight deck, aircraft engines are starting, awaiting action on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the Persian Gulf. The Vikings are among the first to leave the flight deck, just to observe (and clear) the area of surface contacts.
Vikings, Super Hornets and a Prowler in the early sunrise over the Persian Gulf. The aircraft were awaiting action. Clearly seen is the right Super Hornet, equipped with large buddy-buddy fueltanks. The Super Hornet took over the Vikings refueling task within a Carrier Air Wing.
Just a question to the airboss of Carrier Air Wing ONE, resulted in a neat fly-by of a orbiting S-3B. The aircraft involved is the so-called "Double Nuts", the colourful squadron aircraft sporting two zero's in the modex (AB-700).
A S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers during its landing attempt on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), closely observed by the Landing Signal Officer or Landing Safety Officer (LSO), also informally known as Paddles.
S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers catches the wire on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while embarked with Carrier Air Wing One and deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Viking in its element, refueling a Super Hornet. This picture was made after I asked the airboss of Carrier Air Wing ONE if there was a possibility for a refueling pass between the launch and recovery of the aircraft of air wing. I did not expect them to pass that low, that close and even connected. VS-32 had during this cruise the honours to give the S-3B the Sundown cruise of the type, the very last operational deployment of the War Hoover.