For starters the facts. The exact name of the ship is USS George HW Bush (CVN 77). This is one of the 11 American nuclear aircraft carriers of the Nimitz class. The largest warship in the world. The ship was commissioned by the US Army in 2009. Here are its not full tactical and technical characteristics: displacement - 110 000 tons, long - 332.8 m, has two nuclear reactors, accelerates to 60km / h. The ship transports 90 airplanes, helicopters and fighters, serviced by a crew of 3,200 people. Able to sail up to 20 years without refueling. A sort of modern "Noah's Ark".
This ship contains the latest achievements of the 21 century in the field of shipbuilding. Among them - a new hull design, curved to increase buoyancy; innovative coverage to reduce radar visibility; screws of a certain configuration and much more.
Aircraft class "Nimitz" modular. Each of the modules is assembled separately, delivered and attached to other modules in the final stage of construction.
The control tower is equipped with the most modern means of navigation, satellite communications, powerful radar systems capable of controlling the situation in the air, on water and under water for hundreds of kilometers around. The cabin itself, as well as the entire ship, is covered with a 67mm layer of Kevlar armor.
The cabin and antennas are maximally shifted to the edge of the deck, which made it possible to increase the space for take-off / landing of aircraft.
On the deck of an aircraft carrier dozens of attack aircraft and fighters, including F / A-18 Hornet, F-35C, AV-8B Harrier II:
Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet:
Sailor Victor Benish on duty during the passage of an aircraft carrier through the Strait of Gibraltar. Parents of the guy immigrated to the USA from Ukraine:
"George Bush" in the strait. The picture was taken from the escort ship:
One of the 17-T aircraft carrier support ships, the destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103):
USS Philippine Sea Missile Cruiser (CG-58):
Missile Destroyer (DDG 51) is awaiting access to the USNS Patuxent military transport fuel vehicle (T-AO 201) in the center, while Patuxent refuels the USS Leyte Gulf missile cruiser (CG 55) on the right, and the Roosevelt missile destroyer left . Ships are preparing for the final layout, led by the aircraft carrier "George Bush" to achieve readiness to perform the tasks:
There are preparations on the deck. Destroyer sailors are preparing the ship to receive fuel:
Landing a helicopter on one of the escort ships:
Sailors on watch during refueling:
Fuel quality check:
In the holds of the aircraft carrier a huge shop with machines and spare parts. You can fix the aircraft carrier itself and any aircraft. By the way, more than 2 500 people are involved in the maintenance of flight crews. Among them are women.
All aircraft are launched from the deck using a catapult. The principle of its operation is very similar to a slingshot: the plane clings to the front landing gear for the accelerating device. The operator sets the mass and the required value of acceleration into the system and it selects the optimal speed or “tension” for the acceleration device.
The aircraft will accelerate the engine and then the start button of the catapult is pressed.
The fighter "shoots into the sky" and then continues its independent flight. With landing, the situation is much more complicated. The pilot needs to hook on the brake hook to the cable, the tension of which increases depending on the weight and speed of the landing ship.
The only exceptions are helicopters and fighters capable of taking off vertically.
Everyone on the ship is busy working. A typical sailor’s day consists of an 12 watch for hours with meals, 4x hours of personal time, and 8 hours of sleep.
To feed more than 5 000 people, the ship crew team works tirelessly around the clock.
In addition to the usual service on the ship, various kinds of training and testing of emergency situations are conducted. During the voyage, sailors learn many specialties and professions in order to replace comrades if necessary. It also test the latest intelligence using unmanned vehicles.
On the ship there is a detachment of rapid response.
Teachings. Search and capture of the "terrorist" who got on board:
The night Watch:
Every sailor on any warship does not want to fight. He dreams of returning home to family and friends.
My personal opinion is this: no country in the world today is able to withstand the military the fleet USA and NATO. If you do not take into account the atomic weapon, the use of which irreversibly leads to the death of both sides of the conflict.