The image was taken on Oct. 8, as the aircraft carrier, on its final cruise, was then steaming in the Gulf of Aden during routine operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
The “Big E” moved through Suez Canal for the last time on Oct. 16, 2012.
Image credit: U.S. Navy
Noteworthy, the COD (Carrier On board Delivery) planes do not always spend the night on board the supercarriers: since they are quite cumbersome, they usually perform daily missions to bring cargo, personnel, mail on board and return to Manama, Bahrain, where they rest until the following morning.
Not as beautiful as the C-2 one, here’s another stunning photo taken under the same starry night.
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