Last week, I was honored to be invited on board USS John C. Stennis while it conducted Carrier Qualifications off the coast of San Diego. Over the next few days, I will be posting a short series on the trip and USS John C. Stennis. I just arrived home last night, so for now here is a short photo spread from the embark. Enjoy!
An aircraft catapult shuttle sits before the day’s flight operations.
A sailor’s rack deep into the ship.
A trap during nighttime Carrier Qualifications.
Corpmen at a battle dressing station relax with videogames. Hours later, this same BDS was used to conduct a medical evacuation of a serious injury.
A F/A-18E Super Hornet waits on the deck for another aircraft to trap.
Wardroom 3 between meals.
PAO action shot. PAO officer explains the “oh-s$%t handle” on the back of float vests: “Don’t take it personally if you get manhandled, it just means someone sees danger that you don’t”.
USS John C. Stennis is the only carrier with a Starbucks trained barista. Now, sailors can enjoy a Grande Chai Soy Half-Whip Mocha Latte with Cinnamon on board. All profits go to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) fund.
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