Sailor gives thumbs up to pilot.

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Rodrickus Shepherd, from Covington, Calif., the flight deck's assistant leading petty officer, gives an AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to the Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 233 a thumbs up prior to his launch from the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is underway conducting portions of a basic-training phase, including an aviation certification that will allow the ship to launch and recover aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released)

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 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Rodrickus Shepherd, from Covington, Calif., the flight deck's assistant leading petty officer, gives an AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to the Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 233 a thumbs up prior to his launch from the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is underway conducting portions of a basic-training phase, including an aviation certification that will allow the ship to launch and recover aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released)