PHOTO: Brookville Native Serving On USS Carl Vinson

Posted On April 11, 2014

From the U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach


(Pacific Ocean) – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Michelle Hopkins, from Brookville, Ind., model directs a mockup of a T-45C Goshawk on the Ouija board in flight deck control during flight operations aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli.


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