PHILIPPINE SEA (May 8, 2008)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) moves behind the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to act as plane guard.
The plane guard, usually a frigate or destroyer, would recover aircrew from crashed a plane or helicopter. Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are on a spring deployment -- the ship's last before being replaced by USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Anthony R. Martinez (Released)