The Most Dangerous Work Onboard an Aircraft Carrier
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The Most Dangerous Work Onboard an Aircraft Carrier

August 26, 2019


What comes to mind when you imagine “a city
in the sea”? Some kind of Atlantis that was lost centuries
ago and only recently re-discovered? Well, I’m actually talking about aircraft
carriers, and they really are like full-on cities floating out in the middle of the ocean! Actually, to put it more specifically… 8. An aircraft carrier is a ship, an air force
base, and a little city. An aircraft carrier doesn’t just “carry
aircraft” like the name implies. These things serve 4 major functions: transport
aircraft around the world, launch airplanes, serve as a mobile command center for military
operations, and house the crew that’s responsible for doing all that. So, it’s basically an air force base and
the surrounding city on one huge ship with different parts serving different purposes. There’s obviously a flight deck with a runway
on top of the ship. And it’s equipped with 4 catapults that
help the planes reach a high enough speed to get up in the air over a short distance. Below the flight deck, there’s a hangar
deck for aircraft currently not in use, and it can house up to 100 of them! So, I guess you can add “aircraft garage”
to the list as well! There are also massive elevators that lift
the aircraft up to the flight deck. Besides all that, there’s also a sorta island
on top of the flight deck for officers to control flights, a room where the crew stays,
a power plant to generate electricity, and a propulsion system to keep the ship moving. Oh yeah, and you can’t forget about the
life-support systems that provide food and fresh water, sewage, and even radio and TV
stations onboard. Nuclear reactors generate steam that keeps
the fan blades rotating. And onboard turbines help produce electricity
for the systems that run on it. Phew! All of that on a big boat floating in the
middle of the ocean! 7. They’re huge and few in numbers. Obviously, with all that stuff going on, these
things need to be massive. But you can’t even begin to fathom just
how big they are. Most aircraft carriers cover up to 4.5 acres
and can be as long as 1,000 feet. So, you can easily set a whole football field
on it. This gigantic ship can move at an impressive
speed of 35 knots (or 40 mph), so it can relocate to pretty much anywhere in the world within
weeks. That’s possible thanks to those nuclear-powered
engines and propellers I told you about. Also, those things weigh up to 30 tons and
can be 20 feet long. An aircraft carrier is built to function for
about 50 years. There are currently only 19 in the world,
and 11 of them belong to the US. Other countries with this type of floating
military base are China, India, the UK, France, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Russia, and Italy. 6. They are sovereign territories. Thanks to international Freedom of Navigation
laws, aircraft carriers are officially sovereign territories no matter where they find themselves
in the ocean. So, it’s no wonder they’re so important
for the military might of a country. You can’t just set up a land base without
special arrangements, but you can move a carrier anywhere around the world. After completing their missions on land, the
aircraft can just fly back to their home base. This can go on non-stop as long as the carrier
gets a regular stock of supplies. 5. They employ thousands of people. An aircraft carrier’s size isn’t the only
reason it’s called a city at sea. It has a legit population, housing and employing
anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 people. They live on 7 decks stacked under each other
and elevators take them to the main decks. Of course, the conditions in the living decks
are far from luxurious. The sleeping quarters are super tight with
compartments for 60 people that sleep in single bunks called “racks” piled one under another
in stacks of 3. Crewmembers get lockers for clothes and personal
belongings. Every compartment has one bathroom and a small
TV area. Officers get slightly better housing, but
it’s not much better in terms of space. The crew dines in one of the “mess halls”
onboard that serve a total of 18,000 meals a day. There’s also a laundry room, health clinic,
small gyms, barbershops, a few stores, and a satellite phone room where personnel can
call their families. You’d think that people living on an aircraft
carrier enjoy sunlight and fresh sea air every day, but the fact is that most of them rarely
see the sun. Only a few people are allowed on the flight
deck, while the majority of personnel stay below it most of the time. 4. There are tons of different kinds of jobs
onboard. Around half of the jobs on an aircraft carrier
are connected to actually flying, controlling, and maintaining the planes. That is, people like pilots, air traffic controllers,
and mechanics. The remaining half does more of the ship-related
work. They make sure things run smoothly and take
care of everything from meals to the nuclear reactors. The US navy has a color-coding system for
aircraft carrier crews that you can see by looking at their uniforms. Depending on their rank and position, air
wing personnel wear one of seven colors: yellow, green, white, red, blue, purple, brown, and
black. So, for example, catapult and arresting gear
officers wear yellow, while their crew will be in green. (Work connected with the catapults and arresting
gear is considered the toughest and most dangerous, by the way!) Purple uniforms are solely reserved for the
fuel handlers, which is a pretty dangerous position as well if you consider the fact
that they have to deal with explosive liquids and hot engines all day! The same goes for black uniforms being reserved
for final inspectors. Anyway, if you ever make a trip to an aircraft
carrier, don’t be surprised if you see a whole rainbow of uniform colors around you! 3. Aircraft carriers get busier than airports
Yes, the advanced ones can be a pretty hopping place, launching and receiving different aircraft
left and right like your typical airport. For instance, the French Navy’s Charles
de Gaulle aircraft carrier launches a plane every 30 seconds at its maximum rate, and
that’s more than its namesake – Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Helping a plane take off and land at an aircraft
carrier at such a rate is one of the most difficult, dangerous, and loudest jobs in
the world. One wrong move and you can easily get swept
off into the sea. And just imagine how skilled a pilot has to
be in order to take off and land on a constantly moving platform! And even though the flight deck seems huge,
the runway is only about 500 feet long. It sounds like a lot, but it’s just a fraction
of the ones typical “land” airports have. If the pilot isn’t experienced and attentive
enough, he risks crashing into the back of the carrier or missing the target wires that
help the aircraft slow down. 2. They can sail for years. Like I said before, most carriers today run
on nuclear power. That means they don’t need to refuel as
often as they used to and can function for 20 to 25 years straight on one fill-up! However, even if they have enough fuel to
last this long, they still need extra supplies of food and jet fuel for the aircraft themselves. But since it’d be too dangerous to enter
ports once every few weeks to restock, aircraft carriers get their supplies brought to them
out in the open sea. Supply ships travel to the nearest port to
pick up fuel, ammunition, food, and mail. Once they reach the carrier, they have to
sail right next to it, which is no easy feat! The crew then shoot lines to each other, and
they pull the ships closer together. Helicopters are also sometimes used to get
supplies off of one ship and onto the other. 1. You can send mail to a US aircraft carrier. While you can’t exactly send a birthday
card to your pal who’s living and working in a submarine (because of, well, obvious
reasons), you can totally send mail to an aircraft carrier! Yep, these gigantic ships do have actual mailing
addresses. For instance, if you wanna mail something
to someone serving on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, you just have to get a
regular ol’ stamp, address the envelop to “USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)” and write
the zip code (you can find it online), and it’ll be delivered! What’s even cooler, crewmembers can even
shop and make orders online, and those packages typically get delivered within 10 days! So, would you like to visit an aircraft carrier
or maybe even live and work on one? Let me know down in the comments! Be sure to give this video a “like,” share
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  1. Lol 😝 not internet connection all the time life in a carrier sucks but you got to make the best of it but not recommend food its the worst ever all process food so get orders somewhere else really

  2. Awesome vid . Unfortunately pics don’t do justice to how massive and amazing these ships are ! God Bless our military ! 🤘🏻❤️🇺🇸

  3. Thankyou for this informative video….next year I would be on my way to become a merchant navy officer😒😒😒👏

  4. Those aircraft carriers looks impressive but the war that is coming, I'm afraid they are a bunch of sitting ducks, that will be at the bottom of the ocean before they know what hits them.

  5. It’s a Naval Air Station, not an Air Force Base.
    Not Nuclear Powered engines. They are steam turbines. Reactors make e steam.
    Unless the Ford class has them, there are no elevators for personal use.

    But all in all a good basic information video.

  6. 1) That's an F-16, not a carrier-based aircraft.
    2) At that approach, it would have crashed below the deck. "You're a little low!"

  7. Well we don’t use elevators other than for aircraft or ammo, but for the most part everything else was on point LoL. HOOYAH Navy!!

  8. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB/CVA/CV-42) was the second of three Midway-class aircraft carriers I spent 1 1/2 years on her

  9. would be interesting, i tried enlisting 41 years ago, bad heart valve, got rejected, got a new valve 2 years ago, but now i'm too old, oh well.

  10. I was a brown shirt on the USS NIMITZ and on the USS FORRESTAL on med cruises with VAW 116 .The good old days .

  11. USS Coral Sea CV-43, I served on her from 1984-1988, was originally designed to be a battleship, but partway through construction the government decided they wanted a carrier instead, so we had the armored hull of a battleship.

  12. O i love to work in an aircraft carriers as an aircraft mechanic if im given a chance…how i wish🇵🇭🇺🇸

  13. 35 kts? My dad was a sailor for a while. I heard a few stores growing up of Enterprise sailing quite a bit faster than that.

  14. Military sealift command. Run the supply ships for the us navy. And nato. Forces. Civilians. Called civmars Crew the MSC. Ships. Most of the crew are ex military and retired military. But not all have served in the military

  15. Spent time on several of them, I was in a helicopter squadron HS-5 , brown shirt…. Roosevelt , Wasp , Intrepid, and Saratoga quite an experience !

  16. The carrier at 0:55 is  the USS Midway CV-41 at San Diego CA. A museum ship. I was stationed on Midway 1977-79 homeported out of Yokosuka Japan. It was during the Cold War we were underway more then inport we were forward deployed. Midway served from 1945-1992 with honor I am proud I served on her (My First Ship) our motto was "Midway Magic"

  17. On your quote all ships and commands have a mailing address when I was in 1977-98 it took  a week or two to get mail. Different now they have Internet and mass media. Only thing for emergency communications back when I was in was a Red Cross Message that was how I found out my daughter was born ok we were underway between Singapore and Hong Kong.

  18. My family were all Navy. And my cousin Dennis Potter and I were pen palls. He was in Viet Nam. And on the Carrier INDEPENDENCE.
    In the Navy for 8 years, a Navy Seal on the rivers in Nam.

  19. Been there & done that!Serviced on the USS Oriskany & USS Enterprise between March of 1974 to 1977 sometime back during the disco area.

  20. Yeah um, don’t EVER call an aircraft carrier an air force base, at least not to someone in the Navy. Either just call it an aircraft carrier or a Naval Air Station to be safe.

  21. There's no doubt about the yanks, they have the best technology and just imagine how much more, that we don't know about. I hear all the hype about China and Russia are catching up. Answer pigs might fly 2. Their fleet of OHIO class Subs could take out every city in China and Russia with room 2 spare and they don't even know where they are. They fear these vessels of total devastation.

  22. Wow, very interesting. Here I had it all wrong. I thought they were small and had NO personnel on board. I figured you just built one with glue ????? Duh !!!!!!

  23. An aircraft carrier is a navel station, im a veteran Navy man and if you said air Force Base in an aircraft carrier you would be put in the brig, lol not really but you would have to serve in the galley for 4 months. I was on an LPD and we had helicopters on the back of the ship, my ship is at the bottom of the bottom of the ocean as an artificial reef. That's where old ships go when there done with them .

  24. Was on board the USS CORAL SEA CV-43 ,78-81. They are HUGE., especially when they are out of the water. I got to walk underneath it the day before they flooded the drydock.

  25. That graphic of the fighter jet smacking the American Bald Eagle out of the way is rather thoughtless don't you think? It sure looks like its killed. I know it isn't real but do you not understand what the Bald Eagle represents?

  26. Better than when my dad sailed on carriers in the 50’s and 60’s. “Calls Home”? We use to get a couple of letters a month when he was at sea. Snail Mail was your only means of communication back then.

  27. Um I wanna know where these so called elevators are that move the crew around. I know about the aircraft elevators but you said that their were elevators to get the crew around. I served on the Carl Vinson from 2000 to 2004 and I never saw these elevators. Where are they.

  28. You should draw half a heart on your palm and your kids palm and tell them at the end of the day no matter what happens it becomes a whole heart

  29. I was in the Marine Corps for 15 years and I was on security forces I was on the USS America and let me tell you you won't get within 150 miles of the aircraft carrier before you are shot down or taken out

  30. I was on Essex CVS-9, the oldest at the time and I'm a plankowner on Enterprise CVAN-65 the newest at the time.
    Question why is graphic for. 78 shown backwards???

  31. Mack house. Denis rings a bell, I did pre flights and daily inspections. Some weekends. I drove home to upstate ny. Was lucky to be close to home,3 hour .wasp first then Intrepid. One cruise we took some helo s transferred to Saratoga at sea.was for a few days.then back to Intrepid discharged nov. 72.

  32. The main threat to US Carriers are illegal Mexicans, sneaking into the ship and prey upon the helpless crew. At least 30 percent of the people on the carriers are illegal Mexicans stealing jobs from the sailors, dealing drugs and raping the female sailors.

  33. Been there, done that. Four years in the USN (1969-1973). USS Midway and Kittyhawk. I'm now a docent on the USS Hornet Museum in S.F. Bay.

  34. The ONLY elevators I ever found on the Nimitz were for the planes or weapons. We humans had to use ladders (stairs for non sailors). Chances are you worked, ate, and slept all on different decks, so your legs and glutes got into pretty good shape.

  35. 7:33 R.A.S Replenishment At Sea shooting ropes over to each other and can be used refueling replenishment of supplies and personal which for the personal I was told is like a rushing river underneath your feet

  36. I'd like to see anyone put 100 aircraft in the hangar bay….Need a little more research on that. Pretty sure the Hangar Deck crews would completely dispute that. Alswo, there are no black uniforms on the deck. FInal inspectors wear white. Also, the colors of flight deck uniforms have nothing to do with the rank, only function.

  37. in the whole aircraft carriers my favorite one is the midway in sandiego that it is a museum, really awesome museum.

  38. I was on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). I was on her for 1 1/2 years right out of bootcamp. Nine months of that time was off the cost of Vietnam in 1968.

  39. 1. You can send mail to a US air craft carrier.

    2. They can sail for years.

    3. Aircraft carriers get busier than airports.

    4. There are tons of different kinds of jobs onboard.

    5. They employ thousands of people.

    6. They are sovereign territories.

    7. They’re huge.

    8. An aircraft carrier is a ship, an air force base, and a little city.

  40. It's sickening how much misinformation is in this video. Please do better research. The sad part is you have 25 million viewers who actually believe you.

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