America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but dangerous world in awesome detail.
I have worked the Flight Deck on three ships, Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I was a Fly 1 Blueshirt(Aircraft Handler) and an Elevator Operator/Sound Powered Phone Talker on my first year plus on Independence and in squadrons in the Air Wing of Ranger and The Hawk.
The first time I went up on deck at the age of 19, I was absolutely terrified. One learns to keep one’s head on a swivel. I still have a few scars left on me from a bounce down the deck when I didn’t turn fast enough.