Life aboard an aircraft carrier

Life aboard an aircraft carrier

Joined: November 19th, 2006, 8:23 pm

September 30th, 2011, 1:31 am #1

My son is in the late stages of qualifying for the navy's nuclear program. If he gets in, they say he'll be on an aircraft carrier because he'd only go on a sub if he requests it. Assuming that's true, I wondered what kind of access people get to the flight deck if they are not part of the crew working there. I assume they can't just have people with no business there running around with flight ops going on, right? Would he have a chance to watch ops from somewhere at all? If there were no flight ops, can he snap some pics of A/C? What about in the hangar, can he wander around there? Just want to see what kind of resource he might be.
TIA,
Mike Todd
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 5:52 am

September 30th, 2011, 6:04 am #2

There is no way to avoid the hangar deck. No restrictions, except possibly close to a roped-off area for a delicate evolution. Landing gear check, weapons, etc.

Way up on the island, there is an area called Vulture's Row, where folks can watch the airplanes come and go. Access is only limited by free time and lack of waking hours.

in short - yes.
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Dave Morrissette
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October 1st, 2011, 4:04 am #3

My son is in the late stages of qualifying for the navy's nuclear program. If he gets in, they say he'll be on an aircraft carrier because he'd only go on a sub if he requests it. Assuming that's true, I wondered what kind of access people get to the flight deck if they are not part of the crew working there. I assume they can't just have people with no business there running around with flight ops going on, right? Would he have a chance to watch ops from somewhere at all? If there were no flight ops, can he snap some pics of A/C? What about in the hangar, can he wander around there? Just want to see what kind of resource he might be.
TIA,
Mike Todd
Average deployement is 7 plus months in the gulf or the other direction. Average work days is about 11 hours. Nukes also spend inordinate time training and keeping their quals with NRC, etc. Access is as the other gent says but they are usually pretty whipped.

Any idea which carrier- my son is on the USS Carl Vinson

Dave
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Joined: June 19th, 2010, 3:26 am

October 1st, 2011, 1:51 pm #4

How to Simulate Life In The Navy
1. Buy a dumpster, paint it gray and live in it for 6 months straight.
2. Run all of the piping and wires inside your house on the outside of the walls.
3. Pump 10 inches of nasty, crappy water into your basement, then pump it out, clean up, and paint the basement deck gray.
4. Every couple of weeks, dress up in your best clothes and go the scummiest part of town, find the most run down, trashy bar you can, pay $10 per beer until youre hammered, then walk home in the freezing cold.
5. Perform a weekly disassembly and inspection of your lawnmower.
6. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays turn your water temperature up to 200 degrees, then on Tuesday and Thursday turn it down to 10 degrees. On Saturdays, and Sundays declare to your entire family that they used too much water during the week, so all showering is secured.
7. Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling.
8. Have your next door neighbor come over each day at 5am, and blow a whistle and shout Reveille, Reveille, all hands heave out and trice up.
9. Have your mother-in-law write down everything shes going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in the back yard at 6am and read it to you.
10. Eat the raunchiest Mexican food you can find for three days straight, then lock yourself out of the bathroom for 12 hours, and hang a sign on the door that reads Secured-contact OA division at X-3053.
11. Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if its OK for you to leave your house before 3pm.
12. Invite 200 of your not-so-closest friends to come over, then board up all the windows and doors to your house for 6 months. After the 6 months is up, take down the boards, wave at your friends and family through the front window of your home...you cant leave until the next day - you have duty.
13. Shower with above-mentioned friends.
14. Make your family qualify to operate all the appliances in your home (i.e. Dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc.).
15. Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.
16. Sit in your car and let it run for 4 hours before going anywhere. This is to ensure your engine is properly lighted off.
17. Empty all the garbage bins in your house, and sweep your driveway 3 times a day, whether they need it or not. (Now sweepers, start your brooms, clean sweepdown fore and aft, empty all shitcans over the fantail)
18. Repaint your entire house once a month.
19. Cook all of your food blindfolded, groping for any spice and seasoning you can get your hands on.
20.Use eighteen scoops of budget coffee grounds per pot, and allow each pot to sit 5 hours before drinking.
21. Have your neighbor collect all your mail for a month, read your magazines, and randomly lose every 5th item.
22. Spend $20,000 on a satellite system for your TV, but only watch CNN and the Weather Channel.
23. Avoid watching TV with the exception of movies which are played in the middle of the night. Have the family vote on which movie to watch and then show a different one.
24. Have your 5-year-old cousin give you a haircut with goat shears.
25. Sew back pockets to the front of your pants.
26. Spend 2 weeks in the red-light districts of Europe, and call it world travel.
27. Attempt to spend 5 years working at MacDonalds, and NOT get promoted.
28. Ensure that any promotions you do get are from stepping on the dead bodies of your co-workers.
29. Needle gun the aluminum siding on your house after your neighbors have gone to bed.
30. When your children are in bed, run into their room with a megaphone,and shout at the top of your lungs that your home is under attack, and order them to man their battle stations. (General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations)
31.Make your family menu a week ahead of time and do so without checking the pantry and refrigerator
32. Post a menu on the refrigerator door informing your family that you are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for at least an hour, when they finally get to the kitchen, tell them that you are out of steak, but you have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they dont pay attention to the menu any more so they just ask for hot dogs.
33.When baking a cake, prop up one side of the pan while it is in the oven. Spread icing on real thick to level it off.
34. In the middle of January, place a podium at the end of your driveway. Have you family stand watches at the podium, rotating at 4-hour intervals.
35. Lock yourself and your family in your house for 6 weeks. Then tell them that at the end of the 6th week youre going to take them to Disneyland for weekend liberty. When the end of the 6th week rolls around, inform them that Disneyland has been canceled due to the fact that they need to get ready for Engineering-certification, and that it will be another week before they can leave the house.
36. In your grim, gray dumpster (refer to #1), with 200 of your not-so-closest friend (cite para. 12) regardless of gender, suffer through PMS!
37. Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Have your wife whip open the curtain about 3 hours after you go to sleep. She should then shine a flashlight in your eyes and mumble Sorry, wrong rack
38. Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub, move the shower head to chest level. When you take showers, make sure you shut off the water while you soap down.
39. When there is a thunderstorm in your area, find a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you become nauseous. Have a supply of stale crackers in your shirt pocket.
40. Put lube oil in your humidifier and set it on high
41. For ex-engineering types: leave the lawn mower running in your living room eight hours a day.
42. Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
43.Once a week, blow compressed air up your chimney, making sure the wind carries the soot onto your neighbors house. Ignore his complaints.
44. Every other month buy green or red marine primer and put it in a paint sprayer. Spray it over the roof of your house onto your neighbors car. Ignore his complaints.
45. Lock wire the lug nuts on your car.
46. Buy a trash compactor, but use it only once a week. Store the garbage on the other side of your bathtub.
47. Get up every night around midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread.
48. Set your alarm clock to go off at random during the night, jump up and get dressed as fast as you can making sure you button up the top button on your shirt, stuff your pants into your socks. Run out into the backyard and uncoil the garden hose.
49. Once a month, take every major appliance apart and put them back together again.
50. Install a fluorescent lamp under the coffee table and then get under it and read books.
51. Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills of your front and back doors so that you either trip or bang your head every time you pass through one of them.
52. Every so often, throw the cat in the pool and shout Man overboard, starboard side Then run into the house and sweep all the pots and dishes off the counter. Yell at the wife and kids for not having the kitchen stowed for sea
53. Put on the headphones from your stereo set, but dont plug them in. Hang a paper cup around your neck with string. Go stand in front of your stove. Say ... to no one in particular Stove manned and ready Stand there for three or four hours. And say again to no one in particular stove secured Roll up your headphones and paper cup and place them in a box.
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:12 pm

October 1st, 2011, 2:22 pm #5

Of course, it isn't quite that bad and you adjust to it after a bit. The really odd thing is that after a few years it actually seems like it was a good time. Set the special sea and anchor detail, single up all lines!
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Joined: November 19th, 2006, 8:23 pm

October 1st, 2011, 3:51 pm #6

Average deployement is 7 plus months in the gulf or the other direction. Average work days is about 11 hours. Nukes also spend inordinate time training and keeping their quals with NRC, etc. Access is as the other gent says but they are usually pretty whipped.

Any idea which carrier- my son is on the USS Carl Vinson

Dave
I can only tell which navy. They are in the middle of doing the security clearance before he actually signs up. Everything looks good, though. Then a delay of 4 months or so before basic training even begins. And the nuke training is like 2 years. So, which carrier? I dunno.
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J
J

October 1st, 2011, 4:22 pm #7

Of course, it isn't quite that bad and you adjust to it after a bit. The really odd thing is that after a few years it actually seems like it was a good time. Set the special sea and anchor detail, single up all lines!
"flight quarters, flight quarters, all hands man your flight quarters stations"

Usually about 04:00 until whenever secured from flight quarters, it always seemsed like it was well in excess of 12 hours,

The absolute worst thing as an enlisted aircrew member was flying "starboard delta" and have both pilots "hot seat" so they could get 'crew rest' while being given a box lunch and being told to "deal with it, that's why you get flight pay"

The first week or so aboard ship isn't too bad, but after that a person starts loosing track of which day or even which week it is.

I also had a bunch of cassete tapes that got ruined as a result of the air and surface search radars on the ship. Of course all of this was during the 70's, so it's probably completely different now
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Bruce Briggs
Bruce Briggs

October 3rd, 2011, 7:54 pm #8

..."Now dinner for the crew." [wait...3...2...1] "Now stand by for heavy rolls."

At least that was one major recollection from my short time serving in a DE (later called an FF).

Bruce
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Joined: July 9th, 2004, 1:43 pm

October 3rd, 2011, 10:32 pm #9

Serving chow caused heavy rolls--a clear case of cause-and-effect 'cause it sure happened every time while I served in BAINBRIDGE!

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Joined: June 19th, 2010, 3:26 am

October 3rd, 2011, 11:40 pm #10

When you are aboard ship and can't go ashore because you have duty and all of your friends are out getting drunk and chasing girls, you can still have as much fun as they are having.

1. Take all of your money and throw it over the side.
2. Beat your head against the nearest bulkhead repeatedly just to a point short of passing out.
3. Find the nearest watertight hatch. Insert your unit and slam the hatch three or four times.
4. Crawl off to your rack, lay on your back, place the dirtiest sock you have in your mouth and go to sleep.

The next morning when you wake up, you will be in the same shape as your friends.
1. You will be out of money
2. You will have a terrible headache
3. Your unit will be extremely sore
4. You will have a foul taste in your mouth

You will then come to the conclusion that you must have had a good time the night before.
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