Excursion on the aircraft carrier "George Bush"
• Excursion on the aircraft carrier "George Bush"
The biggest warship in the world. Its construction began in 2003 and at a cost of US taxpayers to 6, $ 5 billion. Take a look at one of the most modern US ships - the aircraft carrier "George Bush".
To begin with the facts. The exact name of the ship USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This is one of the 11 US nuclear aircraft carriers class Nimitz. The biggest warship in the world. The ship was put into service by the US Army in 2009. Here it is not complete tactical and technical features: displacement - 110 000 tons, length - 332.8 m, has two nuclear reactors, has a top speed up to 60km / h. The ship carries 90 aircraft, helicopters and fighter planes, served the team in 3, 200 people. Able to stay at sea up to 20 years without refueling. A sort of modern "Noah's Ark".
This ship contains the most recent advances of the 21st century in the field of shipbuilding. Among them - a new body design, curved to increase buoyancy; innovative coating to reduce radar visibility; screws certain configuration, and much more.
Carriers class "Nimitz" modular. Each of the modules is collected separately, transported and attached to other modules in the final stages of construction.
control tower is equipped with the most modern means of navigation, satellite communication, the most powerful radar systems capable of controlling the situation in the air, on and under the water for hundreds of kilometers around. Cutting itself, and indeed the whole ship, covered with a 67mm layer of Kevlar armor.
Felling and antenna maximum shifted to the edge of the deck, which increased the space for takeoff and landing aircraft.
In the carrier deck and fighter attack aircraft tens, among which F / A-18 Hornet, F-35C, AV-8B Harrier II:
Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet:
The sailor Viktor Behnisch on duty during the passage of an aircraft carrier through the Strait of Gibraltar. Man parents immigrated to the US from Ukraine:
"George Bush" in the strait. The picture was taken with the support of the ship:
One of the 17 support ships USS destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103):
missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58):
The missile destroyer (DDG 51) waits for access to military transport fuel ship USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) in the center, while the Patuxent refuel missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) to the right, and the missile destroyer " Roosevelt "on the left. The ships are preparing for the final is distributed, led by the aircraft carrier "George Bush" to achieve readiness to perform tasks:
preparations are on the deck. Destroyer sailors prepared the ship for fuel reception:
Landing a helicopter on one of the escort ships:
The sailors on watch at the time of refueling:
Fuel Quality control:
The carrier holds a huge shop with machines and spare parts. You can fix itself and any aircraft carrier. By the way, in the service of flight crews involved more than 2500 people. Among them are women.
All planes are launched from the deck using a catapult. Its operating principle is very similar to a slingshot: aircraft clings front chassis for accelerating device. The operator specifies the weight and required acceleration value in the system and it chooses the optimum speed or "tension" to disperse device.
The aircraft accelerates and then pressed the start button catapult.
The Fighter "is shot into the sky," and then goes on to solo flight. Since landing the situation is much more complicated. Pilots need to catch on the hook for the brake cable, the tension is increased depending upon the weight and speed of the setting vessel.
The only exceptions are the helicopters and fighter jets that can take off vertically.
All the ship busy. A typical day sailor consists of 12-hour watch with breaks for meal, 4 hours of personal time and 8 hours of sleep. To feed more than 5000 people, the ship's cooks team works tirelessly around the clock.
Aside from the usual service on the ship to carry out various kinds of training and testing of emergency situations. During the voyage the sailors learn many specialty and profession, to replace comrades, if necessary. Here also experience the latest reconnaissance using unmanned vehicles.
On the ship, there is a rapid response squad.
Teaching. Search and seizure of getting on board the "terrorist":
Every seafarer on any warship does not want to fight. He wants to return home to the family and friends.