SOUTH CHINA SEA Oct. 15, 2012. – Su-30MKMs and F/A-18Es

Two F/A-18Es from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 fly in formation with two Sukhoi Su-30s from the Royal Malaysian air force over the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Justin Halligan)

121015-N-ZZ999-056©Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet