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37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

An aircraft carrier is like a small city at sea, except this city is armed to the teeth.


Onboard, thousands of sailors work, sleep, and play for months at a time while deployed around the world. But what’s life really like?

We rounded up 37 photos from our own collection and the Navy’s official Flickr page to give you an idea.

A day at sea begins with reveille — military-speak for “wake up” —  announced over the ship’s loudspeaker, known as the 1MC.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier
 

Some sailors start their morning in one of the many cardio gyms onboard.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

While others hit the free weights.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

On any one of the mess decks, culinary specialists start preparing to feed the thousands of sailors that will show up for breakfast.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

And sailors file through the line and fuel up for the day ahead.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

On the flight deck, sailors need to be extra careful.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

The flight deck is the world’s most dangerous place to work.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

 

A step in the wrong direction could turn propellers into meat grinders.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Jets launch around the clock.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

And darkness doesn’t slow them down.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Sailors on the flight deck work in 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. As a former sailor myself, I can say we sometimes forget what day it is.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Nights at sea are a stargazer’s dream.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We fix planes in the hangar.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We squeeze them into tight spots.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Teamwork is essential.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Together we can move planes.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Even ships.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

No matter what, a buddy will always have your back.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Work can be exhausting. Every sailor sleeps in a small space called a rack.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

But sailors quickly learn to sleep anywhere.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Anywhere.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Sometimes we get to dress like pirates to honor the long-standing tradition of “Crossing the Line.”

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

At the “Crossing the Line” ceremony Pollywogs endure physical hardships before being inducted into the mysteries of the deep.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Only then can King Neptune and his royal court transform a slimy Pollywog into an honorable Shellback.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

This tradition is older than anyone can remember.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Sometimes when we have downtime we go for a dip in the ocean.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We play basketball in the hangar.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Or volleyball.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We sing on the flight deck.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Or relax in the berthing – Navy speak for living quarters.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

The best part about being a sailor is traveling.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We visit foreign ports.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We play as hard as we work.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

Sometimes we visit places civilians will never see.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We never forget our sacrifices.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

We honor traditions.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

And when we sail off into the sunset, we know tomorrow is a new adventure.

37 Awesome Photos Of Life On A US Navy Carrier

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