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SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 17, 2023) Sailors oversee the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the South China Sea, June 17, 2023. The Royal Maces conduct carrier-based air strikes and strike force escort missions, as well as ship, battle group and intelligence collection operations. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Natasha ChevalierLosada)

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Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Natasha Chevalier |  VIRIN: 230617-N-JO823-2065.JPG