Flight operations

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) air department observe flight operations on the ship’s flight deck July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)
Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) air department observe flight operations on the ship’s flight deck July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department observe flight operations on the ship’s flight deck July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

An E-2D Tracer, attached to the "Greyhawks" of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, launches off of USS Gerald R.Ford's (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations. VAW-120 completed their first carrier qualifications with the Tracer, which has an aerial refueling upgrade aboard Ford Aug. 1, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)
An E-2D Tracer, attached to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, launches off of USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations. VAW-120 completed their first carrier qualifications with the Tracer, which has an aerial refueling upgrade aboard Ford Aug. 1, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) air department signal all clear for a C-2A Greyhound, attached to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, to launch off of Ford’s flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

A Sailor assigned to USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) air department prepares an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, attached to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, on Ford’s flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, lands on USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

A Sailor assigned to USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) air department signals an C-2A Greyhound, attached to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, on Ford’s flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

A C-2A Greyhound, attached to the “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, prepares to land on USS Gerald R.Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach)

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), prepare to board an MH-60S Helicopter attached to the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Riley McDowell)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Opie Madlangbayan, tractor king from Guam, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, hooks a tow tracker up to an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on Ford’s flight deck during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Riley McDowell)

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors , fuel an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, during flight operations Aug. 1, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Riley McDowell)

A Sailor assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department prepares to tow an F/A 18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 during flight operations July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

Landing Signal Officers assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 observe flight operations on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department observe flight operations on the ship’s flight deck July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (handling) 1st class Vincent Cardente, from Warwick, Rhode Island, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department provides instructions to a pilot of an F/A 18F Super Hornet attached to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 during flight operations July 31, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A Prill.)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, lands on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck during flight operations July 29, 2020. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aimee Ford)

A Sailor assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 as it lands on the flight deck during flight operations. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aimee Ford)

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