USS John C. Stennis - Hooked ...

and last not least the running jet engines are producing a high risk. About 80 tactical aircraft are attached to the USS Stennis, including the F/A-18-Hornet and F/A 18FSuper-Hornet squadrons. All aircraft are precisely indexed by types, varying from the EA-6B Prowler, the S-3 Viking to the E-2C Hawkeye and the SH-60 Seahawk, all aircraft have their own place. While we are climbing narrow stairs and blazing a trail through the ship's hull four elevators wait for the aircraft to carry them down
into the hangar deck.

hangar deck


Happy to get rid of our life vests and cranials at last we are having a warm welcome from the press staff of the USS Stennis. By the way, while working or visiting the flight deck all Navy LT Nate Christensen, PAO soldiers must wear life jackets and cranials, except the LSO (Landing Signal Officer) who is the only person not wearing any head protection, because he needs to speak with the pilots and help them guide their planes during the final approach. After a brief introduction of the carrier's history nothing can hold us back on the chairs and we eventually are starting our visiting tour. First of all we are scaling up to the bridge, where you get a great survey of the "swimming city" which harbors a total of about 5,500 people. Thereof 2,500 are provided by the embarked Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), consisting of eight to nine squadrons. Only twelve percent of the crew are women who are performing here, and doing a great job on the flight deck, as a pilot for example, or in any other division on the ship.

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