US Navy sailors from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Six (VQ-6) watch as the final F-14B Tomcat scheduled to launch before the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) begins her transit of the Suez Canal. GEORGE WASHINGTONs Battle Group has received orders from the President of the United States to proceed to the Persian Gulf region following the Iraqis repeated violations of UN resolutions imposed following the 1991 Gulf war. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 15 November 1997