Characterized as “floating cities,” aircraft carriers are a potent symbol of America’s strength as a superpower. Although nations ranging from the United Kingdom and Russia to Peru and Thailand have their light carrier and helicopter carriers, the large carriers of the United States are without parallel in their ability and firepower. Carriers provide an important means of force projection from the continental United States to any theatre, no matter how hostile, and offer a floating platform for missions that include both combat and intelligence-gathering.
Powered by two nuclear reactors with four geared steam turbines and four shafts, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier capable of spending at least half a year at sea, and more than a decade without refueling. Below the deck is an entire city, complete with vast warrens of living spaces, dining halls that serve nearly 20,000 meals a day, a radio and television station, a barber shop, a library, gymnasium, a hospital and dentist office, shops, and a post office. This footage shows sailors shopping at the ship’s store aboard the aircraft carrier when it was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on an operational deployment educating maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
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