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Rainbow Sideboys render honors to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead as he comes aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz last month while Nimitz was underway in the North Arabian Sea. When a distinguished visitor arrives aboard an aircraft capable ship, it is customary to muster the "Rainbow Sideboys." Sailors who work on flight decks wear brightly colored jerseys to identify the job they perform. Yellow jerseys identify aircraft handlers and shooters, purple jerseys identify aircraft refuelers, blue jerseys identify elevator operators, green jerseys identify catapult/arresting crew, and white jerseys identify safety and landing signall crew members. When mustered, sailors wearing these colored jerseys line up opposite one another at the entrance to the ship to render honors to the arriving distinguished visitor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Mitchell/Released)


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