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An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The F/A-18 Super Hornet is an all-weather fighter/attack aircraft that provides a carrier-strike group with multiple uses, including fighter escort, fleet air defense, close and deep-air support, electronic attack and precision-guided weapons strike capabilities. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke)

ATLANTIC OCEAN. A GOES-13 satellite image of Hurricane Matthew as it passes over the Bahamas. At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the eye of Matthew was located near latitude 25.1 North, longitude 77.8 West. The eye is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) between Andros Island and Nassau in the Bahamas. On the forecast track, Matthew should cross the northwestern Bahamas later today and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night. Reports indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast. (U.S. Navy photo)
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