A US Navy (USN) F/A-18C Hornet fighter assigned to the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87) launches, afterburners blazing, from the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The ROOSEVELT and its embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) are currently underway in the Persian Gulf on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations