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Marines F-18 Catapult

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2017) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with its carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group's mission readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Perlman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2017) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Checkerboards" of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with its carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group's mission readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Perlman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2017) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Checkerboards” of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with its carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX tests a carrier strike group’s mission readiness and ability to perform as an integrated unit through simulated real-world scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Perlman/Released)