Pacific Ocean (Nov. 15, 2005) — Flying the First Navy Jack, the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) prepares to conduct flight operations following a formation sail with ships From the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently conducting the bilateral Annual Exercise 2005 (ANNUALEX) with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. ANNUALEX focuses on improving the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. and Japan. The purpose of ANNUALEX is to improve bilateral interoperability, defend Japan against maritime threats and to improve capability for surface warfare, air defense and undersea warfare. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Todd Cichonowicz (RELEASED)
The First Navy Jack (proudly displayed upper right on MO) is generally flown only by the oldest ship in the fleet. The Kitty Hawk is the oldest and has been since 1998. However, in 2002 all ships were ordered to fly the Jack for the duration of the War on Terror. High-res shot with a great view of the packed flight deck at the link.