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Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Apprentice Anthony Cruz, an aviation structural mechanic, conducts maintenance on an aircraft's inflight refueling probe in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Miller, left, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Sprague, and Aviation 1st Class Shamar Richburg, all aviation structural mechanics, talk while conducting routine maintenance on gear for the MH-60R helicopter in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Miller, left, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Sprague, and Aviation 1st Class Shamar Richburg, all aviation structural mechanics, talk while conducting routine maintenance on gear for the MH-60R helicopter in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Steven Washam sands paint on an aircraft in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Steven Washam sands paint on an aircraft in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Aircraft fill the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Aircraft fill the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Brian Alvarez Castro, an aviation machinist mate, separates the afterburner from the main engine during repairs in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Brian Alvarez Castro, an aviation machinist mate, separates the afterburner from the main engine during repairs in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Brian Alvarez Castro, an aviation machinist mate, separates the afterburner from the main engine during repairs in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Airman Brian Alvarez Castro, an aviation machinist mate, separates the afterburner from the main engine during repairs in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Lt. Cmdr. Larry Smith, the mini boss aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, looks at information written on the window of primary flight control that shows which aircraft are out on missions, Aug. 23, 2016. The mini boss is the assistant to the Air boss, who heads the air department aboard an aircraft carrier.

Lt. Cmdr. Larry Smith, the mini boss aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, looks at information written on the window of primary flight control that shows which aircraft are out on missions, Aug. 23, 2016. The mini boss is the assistant to the Air boss, who heads the air department aboard an aircraft carrier. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Airman Roxanna Burkhalter, an aviation boatswain's mate, handling, keeps the aircraft handler informed on where aircraft are by updating the ''ouija board'' in flight deck control of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Aug. 23, 2016.  The ''ouija board'' is a replica of the ship's flight deck and hangar bay used to show where aircraft are onboard with replica aircraft.

Airman Roxanna Burkhalter, an aviation boatswain's mate, handling, keeps the aircraft handler informed on where aircraft are by updating the ''ouija board'' in flight deck control of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Aug. 23, 2016. The ''ouija board'' is a replica of the ship's flight deck and hangar bay used to show where aircraft are onboard with replica aircraft. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

A flight deck crewmember ensures the catapult is properly attached to an aircraft prior to it launching from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

A flight deck crewmember ensures the catapult is properly attached to an aircraft prior to it launching from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

A flight deck crewmember signals as an aircraft launches from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

A flight deck crewmember signals as an aircraft launches from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Plane captains conduct a pre-flight check on a helicopter aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Plane captains conduct a pre-flight check on a helicopter aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

An F-18E Super Hornet prepares to land on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

An F-18E Super Hornet prepares to land on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Flight deck personnel push the arresting cable back into place during flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Flight deck personnel push the arresting cable back into place during flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

An F-18E Super Hornet catches the arresting cable while landing on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

An F-18E Super Hornet catches the arresting cable while landing on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Flight deck personnel check the arresting cable during flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016.

Flight deck personnel check the arresting cable during flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

ABOARD THE USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER — The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security and the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Check out some of the tasks necessary to support and conduct flight operations aboard the Ike.

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