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On Board a "Floating City" at Sea

Posted on Tue, October 17, 2017
  • by: Marty Kelsey, host of STEM in 30
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What began as a simple phone call between our STEM in 30 team and the United States Navy ended with us being catapulted off the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (“Ike”), going 0 to 165 mph in three seconds. How did we end up there?

Timelapse video of flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

We had been in touch with the Navy to ask if our crew could film an episode of STEM in 30 on board a docked aircraft carrier. They said yes, and our team was flown 125 miles out into the Atlantic to the Ike. We spent two nights on board what the Ike’s navigator, Commander Ray Stromberger, described as a “floating city,” meeting members of the 3,300-person crew. We filmed day and night flight ops, talked to the firefighters, cooks, and mechanics, and even learned how they did the laundry.

Tune in today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn about the small city at sea and what it takes to support flight operations on an aircraft carrier.

See a 360 degree view from inside the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet as the pilot catapults and traps on the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.