ARABIAN GULF (July 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper)

ARABIAN GULF (July 26, 2012) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julia A. Casper)

In always dramatic fashion, an F/A-18 lands aboard the USS Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf. The F/A-18 is the primary fighter and attack jet for the U.S. Navy. The A/B/C/D variants are used in both air-to-air fighter roles and for ground attack. The newer, larger F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” variants are more advanced and continue the multirole mission of the airplane.

The “Super Hornet” entered service in 1999 and had replaced the F-14 “Tomcat” upon its 2006 retirement.