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040718-N-6213R-003 Pacific Ocean (July 18, 2004)-  Flight deck personnel crouch down to avoid the searing exhaust of an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Fist of the Fleet" of Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five (VFA-25) as it turns on the flight deck aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) prior to a scheduled mission. The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous places in the world, flight deck personnel must constantly pay attention to what is going on around them. The ship and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are taking part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004, during her scheduled deployment supporting the Navy's new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) Summer Pulse 2004. RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas