AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE Santa Lights Up the Deck Trading Rudolph’s nose for a Hornet. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil December 24, 2011 091225-N-8421M-103 NORTH ARABIAN SEA (December 25, 2009) Lt. Jon Sunderland dresses in a Santa suite while directing aircraft operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Christmas Day. Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the region. Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States� commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil/Released) U.S. Navy Get the latest stories in your inbox every weekday.