U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Michael Cook, from Beaufort, performs maintenance on cotter keys on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Aug. 21 in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston.
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