Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Clayton Hudson, from Fairfield, Calif., signals for the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate