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Old April 29th, 2008, 12:55 AM
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Why pay to cruise, when you can GET paid to cruise?

Check out this cruise show, CARRIER, on PBS this week.

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I watched it last night too. I'm the mom of a USN vet and I love watching anything about the Navy. Can't wait for next week's show.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 01:59 AM
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There is no next week -- it's this week, ending on Thursday night!

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I've watched all the shows..I bet Navy Brass is not happy about some of the things shown, with that said, it's gives great insight and a great recruiting tool for Navy Aviators

As a father of an Air Force Fighter Pilot, I'm demanding equal billing .
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I spent a fair amount of time aboard carriers, and am anxious to see this show. I'll weigh in after I do view it, and let you know what I think, as a person who's "been there, done that".

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A few observations......

I never realized that our nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are manned and operated by high school kids. In fact, many of the kids interviewed described the atmosphere aboard ship as like high school. The average age of the crew is 19.

19.....

If the CO and senior officers are in their 40's and 50's -- and the average age of the crew is 19 -- there must be a lot of kids under 19 aboard. Handling $60 million aircraft on a crowded, busy flight deck 18 hours a day is a lot of responsibility for 17 and 18-year-olds....

Interesting that the XO is a captain. Maybe he was promoted, and hasn't received his command yet.

The F-14 was retired in September, 2007. This cruise of USS Nimitz takes place May, 2005 through November 2005 -- why no Tomcats aboard?

Why are all the Super Hornets 2-seaters? Are they used as trainers? The avionics package of a standard F-18 makes a RIO or WSO unnecessary.

The crew goes ashore for liberty in civilian clothes..... (Dad's gunna freak when he hears this...)

The Navy goes to great lengths to prevent fraternation between crew members -- and then they throw 6000 high school kids into a closed environment for months at a time. Perhaps the admirals have forgotten that teenagers and raging hormones are a volatile mix.....

Misbehaving sailors who are on "restriction" must wear on their uniforms, for all the crew to see, a tag with the letter "R" upon it. The Navy's Scarlet Letter?

Nimitz's bow has changed since the last time I saw it. The leading edge of the flight deck no longer has the protrusions at the end of the catapults that used to overhang the bow.

Interesting that the admiral doesn't spend much time aboard his flagship. I'm sure the CO appreciates that!

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Mean Dean...remember it's the Navy's version of reality tv, so don't let facts stand in the way :o :o

fyi, have not had a chance to get to the post office due to training on my job this week, will send your music package on saturday
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There is no next week -- it's this week, ending on Thursday night!

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Glad to know that. Here I thought they had said it was going to be on every Sunday evening for several weeks, you know, like a mini-series.

It's so interesting, the life of a "squid", as my son used to call himself. He was on a spruance-class destroyer which has been decommissioned after 20 years of service

But it still gives me chills when I see those sailors, "line the rails"....^5
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More observations...

The crew really makes a big production of crossing the Equator! It's a 2-day event, with a talent show in the hangar bay the evening before, and then the main event the next day. They all seemed to be having a lot of fun!

Does this crew ever wear Navy uniforms?

Even the officers and CO wear just sloppy-looking coverall-type uniforms while on duty. I much prefered the crisp khaki uniforms of the 1980's.....

The Navy accepts all religious denominations. USS Nimitz has a coven of witches aboard........!

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Hey Dean, ever hear of a "Blanket Party"?
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Mean Dean..I may have missed this about you..are you former Navy ? I really like the show last night when they did the take off on the Village People doing 'In The Navy "
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Ken,

Now that the series is over, I'm curious to hear how your experiences matched up with the kid's on this series.

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at Ewards AFB in California, the AF fighter pilots "practice" carrier landings on a "glass carrier deck" in the middle of alot of sand..just in case they ever have to land on a Navy carrier during war..however the AF suspension on a F-15 could not withstand too many Navy carrier landings
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