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USS George Washington (CVN 73)

120526-N-ZT599-154 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 26, 2012) - F/A-18E Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 standby on the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington departed its homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/RELEASED)


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Taken on May 26, 2012