A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) prepares to launch from the flight deck of the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The ROOSEVELT and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations in the Mediterranean Sea