Video: Operations on a Flight Deck - Time Lapse!

Flight deck operations aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!

This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome!

This video covers a full day (and night) of flight operations about the USS John C. Stennis. You can see two "FOD walks" where the maintenance crew inspect the deck for any sort of debris that might damage jets (or people), the SAR helicopter launch, and lots of flight deck action as aircraft launch, recover, and are shuffled around during the day and night!