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040815-N-6213R-063 Western Pacific Ocean (August 15, 2004) - More than a thousand Officers and crew pay their respect to their four shipmates lost when their S-3B Viking crashed on August 10, 2004 in the Western Pacific during a memorial ceremony on the flight deck aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The four aviators killed in the Tuesday crash were assigned to Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35), based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. They were flying their S-3B Viking on a routine training mission when their aircraft impacted Kita Io Jima, a mountainous uninhabited island located approximately 39 nautical miles north of Iwo Jima. The ship and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently participating in Joint Air Sea Exercise 2004 (JASEX 04) in the Western Pacific with the USS Kitty Hawk Strike Group and units from the U.S. Air Force. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas