Most civilians will likely never get the chance to be aboard an aircraft carrier during its deployment. The privilege of being stationed on one of the United States Navy’s beasts of the sea is reserved for the men and women serving this great country.
But new video posted online offers viewers a glimpse of the innards of one of the largest ships at sea, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and provides a view of the carrier not usually shown to the public.
Originally commissioned in 2009, the USS George H.W. Bush is a relatively new ship by most standards. It was the tenth and final ship built of the Nimitz Class of carriers which now fall second in size behind the new Gerald R. Ford class currently in development.
The video features the behemoth ship as she sets sail from Norfolk and Mayport, Florida for a regularly-scheduled deployment.
Check out the walking tour in the video below:
The video also features just a small sample of the 6,000 sailors who will live and work throughout the ship as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG).
The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security and operations in the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. As a combat-ready ship, the GHWBCSG has taken part in various strike missions around the world.
The video includes a walk through a number of the long corridors of the ship, shows a few of the mess halls where the crew will dine and also documents the preparations the crew must tackle before departing.
In addition to the thousands of crewmen, the ship can haul up to 90 fixed wing aircraft and helicopter at one time. She also packs a number of defense mechanisms including Mk 29 ESSM launchers, Rolling Airframe Missiles and Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems (CIWS).
The ship is of course named for the 41st President of the United States. The elder Bush was on hand back in 2009 to speak at the ship’s commissioning. It was just the second time an aircraft carrier was named after a former living President following the USS Ronald Reagan in 2001.