What is it like to spend a 6 month deployment on a carrier.

What is it like to be deployed? What is it like to be deployed with the Navy? Well in 2005 PBS (Public broadcasting service) took 17 filmmakers on a 6 month deployment aboard the USS Nimitz on a support mission to the middle east.

Carrier: Life aboard the Uss Nimitz- a PBS documentary about life aboard one of the United State's Aircraft Carriers.

Carrier: Life aboard the Uss Nimitz- a PBS documentary about life aboard one of the United State’s Aircraft Carriers.

It took the filmmakers some time to adjust to life aboard a carrier, but soon they found the ebb and flow of life afloat and some vested sailors to make the project a success.  Carrier: life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz originally aired on PBS back in April 27, 2008.

The Journey

The USS Nimitz 2005 journey

The USS Nimitz’s 2005 journey

The USS Nimitz embarked on a 6 month deployment back in May of 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

The striker group deployed alongside the aircraft carrier conducted 286 queries, 410 approaches and 14 boardings of foreign vessels is support of the 5th fleets security operations, as well as made port visits in places such as Hawaii, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Bahrain, Dubai, Guam and Australia.

The Crew

PBS footage of Sailors aboard the USS Nimitz during their 2005 deployment.

PBS footage of Sailors aboard the USS Nimitz during their 2005 deployment.

The documentary focused on the lives of 18 of the 5,000 deployed sailors. According to PBS, “Their stories provide a personal look at the broader topics of family, faith, discipline, patriotism, and the war on terror.”

A core group of film participants from the PBS documentary Carrier: Life aboard the USS Nimitz

A core group of film participants from the PBS documentary Carrier: Life aboard the USS Nimitz

Check out the 10 episodes that resulted.

Episode 1: All Hands
Episode 2: Controlled Chaos
Episode 3: Super Secrets
Episode 4: Squared Away
Episode 5: Show of Force
Episode 6: Groundhog Day
Episode 7: Rites of Passage
Episode 8: True Believers
Episode 9: Get Home-itis
Episode 10: Full Circle

For an in depth look at look at Carrier: Life aboard the USS Nimitz please check out the PBS website http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/. There you will find crew bios and interviews, the director’s diary, making of the documentary, and more about the USS Nimitz.

 

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2 thoughts on “What is it like to spend a 6 month deployment on a carrier.

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I just watched the first episode and really enjoyed it. (yes I got teary when they departed) I loved the different ways the sailors were describing the ship like “most expensive waterfront property in the world.” Or how one pointed out that they lived under an airport (the flight deck) and over the ammo and how at his previous job, the most dangerous thing he would ever have to face would be falling out of his swivel chair. Also until now, I never knew what the word, “Nimitz” stood for…lol Looking forward to the other episodes and getting to know the crew!

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