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An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. Navy photo.

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** FILE ** In this April 24, 2013, file photo, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participates in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

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** FILE ** In this April 24, 2013, file photo, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participates in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 15, 2013) An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released) 130215-N-OY799-074 Join the conversation http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil

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USS John C. Stennis The USS John C. Stennis is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding Company. It was commissioned on December 9, 1995. According to the US Navy, the USS John C. Stennis is 1,092 feet (332.8 meters) in length and has a flight deck width of 257 feet. It was built at a cost of $3.5 billion and has a projected life of 50 years. ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 17, 2011) Aircraft prepare to launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman/Released)

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 15, 2013) An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released) 130215-N-OY799-074 Join the conversation http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 29, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) steam alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released) 130129-N-OY799-301 Join the conversation http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil

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** FILE ** Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller (left), commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, is relieved by Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette (right) during a change of command ceremony in the forecastle aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Bremerton, Wash., on Thursday, April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Kenneth Abbate)

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** FILE ** Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller (left), commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, is relieved by Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette (right) during a change of command ceremony in the forecastle aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Bremerton, Wash., on Thursday, April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Kenneth Abbate)

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)

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**FILE** An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Gulf of Alaska. Production will be stopped at 187 Raptors. (Associated Press/U.S. Navy)

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)

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U.S. Navy via Associated Press The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 12. The Pentagon declared Tuesday that U.S. warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway, despite warnings against doing so from Iran.

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** FILE ** An F/A-18C Hornet takes off from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in March 2007. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Paul J. Perkins, File)

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**FILE** An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Gulf of Alaska. Production will be stopped at 187 Raptors. (Associated Press/U.S. Navy)