[Photo] U.S. F/A-18E Hornet makes final launch of 2014 at night from USS Carl Vinson

Here is the way U.S. carriers on deployment celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Top image shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the VFA-81 Sunliners making the final launch of 2014 from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria.

Image credit: U.S. Navy


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.