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
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.