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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 3, 2023) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, is chocked and chained on the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) flight deck, March 3, 2023. Gerald R. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean executing its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), an intense, multi-week exercise designed to fully integrate a carrier strike group as a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force and to test their ability to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. As the first-in-class ship of Ford-class aircraft carriers, CVN 78 represents a generational leap in the U.S. Navy's capacity to project power on a global scale. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer A. Newsome)

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Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer A. Newsome |  VIRIN: 230303-N-SK336-1213.JPG