Flight deck operations aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. Crew members’ jobs are indicated by the color of their uniforms. (Photo: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Mediterranean Sea—During the early days of World War II, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a memorable comment about British pilots’ defense of their homeland from Nazi Germany.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” Churchill said in an August 1940 speech.
Seventy-seven years later, U.S. Navy aviators and sailors have their own singular burden to bear as they support Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The “shooter,” in the yellow uniform, gives the signal to launch. (Photos: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)