Aboard the USS Nimitz, Pacific Ocean
The KABOOM of two fighter planes catapulting into the sky filled the air as the two planes accelerated from zero to 200 mph in 300 feet. All along the flight deck barely a head turned. Navy sailors wearing different colored jackets to indicate their specific jobs did those precise jobs as the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz sliced through the Pacific Ocean.
At one side of the deck and several stories high stood the tall structure known as “the island.” Here men and women -- part of the pilot control center for the ship -- watched as their birds took flight or returned to roost.
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