USS Ronald Regan CVN 76 (Documentary)

U.S. Navy Supercarrier Airport At Sea.

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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. The ninth ship of her class,[2] she is named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Upon her christening in 2001, she was the first ship to be named for a still living former president.

As of May 2012, the ship is operationally part of Carrier Strike Group Nine and administratively under the command of Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific/Commander, Naval Air Forces. The two administrative titles actually refer to one command carrying out two functions. In January 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that the Ronald Reagan will replace the USS George Washington as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, the only forward-based carrier strike group homeported at Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the United States Seventh Fleet.

 

 

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0:00 extreme aircraft carrier
0:04 standing ready with the finest planes the most powerful weapons and the best
0:09 pilots the US Navy has to offer
0:12 it’s a pretty difficult job it’s probably one of the most rewarding a
0:15 great job out here
0:17 each mission demands perfection on board this mobile war machine
0:22 there’s no margin for error you just revert to your training and don’t think
0:26 about it if you think about it you’re gonna be dead
0:29 we’ll take an exclusive look at the aircraft weapons and sailors of all the
0:34 US Navy’s most sophisticated super carrier the USS Ronald Reagan
0:48 the USS Ronald Reagan
0:51 it’s the world’s largest mobile combat airport
0:55 with thousands of highly trained crewmembers supporting the ship’s high
0:59 powered air operations
1:04 our all-access pass now takes us into the carpet onto the flight deck and up
1:11 into the air with the Navy’s amazing aircraft
1:18 the Reagan’s of floating piece of American territory
1:21 it can deliver a military presence almost anywhere in the world
1:26 but it’s more than a ship it also brings along more than 60 aircraft
1:31 together they make up the ship’s airing worth more than 2 billion dollars each
1:37 of the six different types of planes performs a unique mission
1:43 we’re launching aircraft catapult two three and four stand well clear it up
1:48 the f-18 Hornet is the part of the air wing
1:52 it’s the Navy’s top strike fighter aircraft thanks to its reliability and
1:56 performance during combat
2:03 the f-18 is a versatile aircraft it can easily switch between attacking targets
2:08 on the ground
2:13 I’m topics in the air
2:16 if you’re going in to attack a target and you have to defend yourself against
2:19 enemy aircraft on the way in and on the way out from that target the one can do
2:25 that and it’s an extremely pilot friendly aircraft to fly
2:30 the Reagan has two f-18 models the 29 million dollar on it and the latest
2:37 version the 54 million dollars Super Hornet
2:42 measuring 18.3 nine meters long with a wingspan of thirteen point six nine
2:47 meters the Super Hornet has a top speed surpassing Mac 1.8 more than 2,200 km/h
2:58 with that kind of speed at their disposal these planes can create a sonic
3:02 boom as they easily fly past the sound barrier
3:06 yeah
3:09 yeah
3:12 fa teens are equipped with the latest in instrument technology and one of the
3:16 most important is the cockpit mounted heads up display or part
3:22 it’s a visual information readout projected onto a mounted unit sitting
3:26 right in the pilots field of view
3:32 the hug shows essential data like air speed altitude and flight path we can
3:39 virtually apply with nothing but the information we have in our HUD HUD is an
3:43 excellent aid for landing on the aircraft carrier because we have that
3:49 instantaneous plate information available to us as we look outside the
3:57 Reagan’s air wing includes for other planes
4:00 one is the 52 million dollar ea-6b prowler an advanced radar jamming jet
4:07 it’s 18 . 24 meters long with a wingspan of 16 . 15 meters and a top speed of 500
4:14 knots over 900 kilometres per hour
4:17 the Reagan carries one squadron of four prowlers and 24 aircrew their job is to4:24 protect the reagan and its planes from enemy radar guided missiles
4:33 the proud of first detects enemy radar signals in its tail fin the crew then
4:39 uses an on-board computer
4:41 the tactical jamming system to send out energy that confuses enemy radar hiding
4:46 the Navy’s airplanes and ships
4:48 if you think of an enemy radar as a fire or a while father needs to be suppressed
4:54 we’re out there on the scene with our jammers to suppress it
4:58 the enemy radar and save lives that’s the main mission of the prowlers saving
5:01 otherwise making sure all of our friends come back safely back on board the ship
5:10 when it comes to the Navy zone in air surveillance of the skies
5:13 no plane is better than the e-2c Hawkeye
5:18 it’s 17.5 three meters long with a wingspan of twenty four point five six
5:25 meters and a top speed of more than 300 knots over 550 kilometres per hour
5:35 the Reagan carries one squadron of four Hawkeyes and 25 aircrew like cover too
5:41 quickly for a burden on the 80 million dollar Hawkeye is the Strike groups
5:46 intelligence in the air
5:48 providing early warning of any potential enemy threat flying about five thousand
5:55 eight hundred meters the Hawkeye has a sensitive radar inside its rotating 7.3
6:00 meter dome
6:01 it can see 400 kilometres in any direction
6:05 covering an airspace of 25 million cubic kilometers
6:08 the planes powerful computerized senses can locate and track more than 2,000
6:14 targets
6:15 so the twos lookin hundreds of miles out ahead of us there in the path let us
6:20 know if there’s any airborne adversaries out there they do that for the ship as
6:24 well back here they can provide early warning for the ship and the entire
6:27 strip inside the hole guy
6:32 the three persons surveillance crew processes threat identification picked
6:36 up from the radars
6:40 and relays it to the AFA teens in the strike group ships
6:44 we’re really the ones that are able to to help out when people need it6:52 you know we may not be the ones that are out there you know dropping bombs or
6:56 shooting missiles but if somebody’s in trouble they know that they can always
6:59 reach me
7:01 here let me know about the Reagan’s air wing also includes the trustee sh 60
7:10 Seahawk
7:14 it’s 19.7 six meters long with a rotor diameter of 16 . 36 meters and a top
7:21 speed of a hundred and eighty knots more than 330 kilometres per hour during
7:28 flight operations the carrier always has at least one of its six seahawks in the
7:32 air in case of emergency
7:34 these helicopters worth more than 20 million dollars each are always the
7:40 first to launch off the flight deck and the last to return
7:45 this order is 20 pilots are ready for a search-and-rescue operation
7:49 anytime
7:52 they got trained rescue swimmers I can jump out of that helicopter get a pilot
7:56 or an air crew out of the water get him hooked up and get them moist back up
7:59 into the helicopter
8:01 rounding out the air wing is the Navy’s flying workhorse the sea – great Howard
8:07 this delivery plane is 17.5 five meters long with a wingspan of twenty four
8:14 point five six meters
8:15 it has a top speed of 300 knots just over 550 kilometres per hour
8:23 the Reagan has a to play detachment of the 39 million dollar greyhounds known
8:28 to the crew as cod or carrier on board delivery
8:32 these air wing elder statesman carry passengers and supplies whatever they’re
8:37 needed
8:38the carry on board delivery
8:41 I like to see those guys quite a bit that’s actually my favorite airplane
8:44 because it brings me and all the things that I need to help the crew the
8:48 Reagan’s and wing the Hornet
8:52 the supermarket
8:54 the Prowler the Hawkeye
8:57 the Seahawk and the greyhound
9:02 they’re a sizable collection of more than 60 planes ready to take on any
9:06
9:15 the air wings planes are heavy users of jet fuel
9:19 specifically jp-5 a fuel that’s unlikely to ignite at high temperatures during
9:30 heavy air operations the airing of the USS Ronald Reagan uses more than 750
9:35 thousand liters of fuel a day yet the supercarriers on board tanks can hold 13
9:42 and a quarter million liters so its supply can last for weeks at a time
9:50 to keep these multi-million dollar machines from breaking down the flight
9:54 deck crew must be vigilant even a single small item left unattended can wreak
10:00 havoc
10:03 everybody watch it looks watch all leading edges and stabbed let’s go more
10:09 than five times a day
10:11 everyone takes a break from flight ops for a walk but this is no ordinary walk
10:17 it’s an intensive search along the entire flight deck for any foreign
10:21 object debris or fart
10:23 despite safety measures like the fourth walk unexpected events occur and
10:30 operations shut down until the flight deck is clear to continue
10:38 the crew of the aircraft intermediate maintenance department keeps the air
10:43 wing and its multi-million dollar engines in top condition these f-18
10:48 engines are reliable and high performance they really need more than a
10:52 check after each flight
10:55 still when flood damage occurs that’s when the department’s jet shop crew goes
11:00 to work
11:01 basically the the jets top is just like if you take your car to Jimmy Lu and you
11:06 put it on a diagnostics and they tell you what’s wrong with your car
11:09 we do the same thing here tonight the crew has just fixed a vibration issue on
11:14 this f-18 engine and now they’re checking it with the computerized test
11:18 cell after measuring for proper fuel pressure air flow and engine speed
11:26 they’ve got one last step and it can only happen in the middle of the night
11:29 when no planes are flying and that what we replace requires us to
11:35 check certain things
11:36 so we gotta do a full run tonight a full run means testing engine performance
11:41 through its entire operating range from idle up to full afterburner but the jet
11:48 shop crew can’t test an engine when it’s on a plane
11:51 so they have to strap it on the stern of the ship and fire it out
11:57 yeah
12:00 the afterburner roars while the jet shop crew watches
12:11 finally the test is over the engine is fixed
12:17 by morning the jet shop crew will be on to another repair job and air operations
12:22 on the USS Ronald Reagan will continue
12:29 yeah
12:30 the USS ronald reagan’s air wing is known as carrier Air Wing 14
12:35 it provides the American military with mobile firepower and surveillance
12:39 now let’s go behind the scenes to take a closer look at the pilots who fly these
12:44 planes out here
12:47 airborne operations take center stage and the f-18 aviators are the stars of
12:52 the show
12:55 every flight we do here we know we’re going to do something exciting because
12:58 we take off and land on the carrier on board the carrier the air wing includes
13:03 seven squadrons of more than 60 planes and nearly two thousand sailors most
13:08 cruel and support roles only a hundred of pilots separated into tightly knit
13:14 squadrons of 10 to 15 typical pilot in the Air Wing replies that these fa teens
13:20 for example
13:21 it’s going to be a lieutenant mid to late twenties maybe maybe 30 years old
13:25 at the most
13:26 they’ve earned the right to fly jets off this aircraft spend a couple of a couple
13:31 of years in flight school get their wings and we demand a lot of them were
13:34 out here on the Reagan’s coming three months deployment in the Pacific Ocean
13:43 every one of the 60 f-18 pilots flies a daylight or nighttime mission
13:48 nearly every day a single training mission lasts about an hour but a real
13:55 combat mission can last an exhausting eight hours
14:01 hopefully we’ll stop finite here a few days which will be able to leave for us
14:05 all but
14:07 it’s a pretty long day Iranians a naval aviators typical day starts with flight
14:12 planning and a mission brief in the ready room
14:15 final round evil be in the combat spread and i’ll talk about the fence sell it
14:18 today left 10 and george de Janeiro called sign Waldo is briefing his flying
14:23 partner commander Jeffrey winter callsign chili on their upcoming
14:27 training mission during these briefings pilots rely heavily on military acronyms
14:33 primary mission is to go out and execute 11 B 1 high aspect the FM alternative
14:38 mission possibly DC a 1v1 highest back to be FN is a one-on-one basic fighting
14:43 maneuver with a bottle in air . fight between two f-18 Hornets that will be
14:48 our pipe its object this briefing also prepares both pilots for the mission of
14:52 the record of its location and essbase boundaries and the weapon and fuel
14:57 requirements for style select very similar to when a coach comes up with a
15:02 game plan for for a football team
15:04 right before a game he says hey this is what we want to do you know
15:08 granted there’s a million different possibilities as to what might actually
15:11 happen but this is are going in game plan
15:14 this is how we’re going to attack this adversary
15:17 after the brief leftenant de Janeiro and Commander winter head to a nearby
15:23 paraloft their dressing room to suit up for flight one critical piece of
15:29 equipment is the G suit during dynamic flight maneuvers
15:35  it slows the drain of blood from the brain and extremities
15:38 that’s preventing a blackout
15:41 this is the anti G suit worn by our pilots its first piece of gear they put
15:45 on a second piece of gear they put on it’s a torso harness and after that
15:49 we’ll put on their survival vest
15:52 it’s just like a regular best it’s up in the front
15:55 oxygen mask so they can breathe the gear weighs about 25 30 pounds that they wear
16:01 every day together their flight gear including g-suit survival vest oxygen
16:08 mask and helmet is worth more than six thousand dollars
16:14 up on the flight deck leftenant de Janeiro follows a strict set of launch
16:19 procedures
16:22 the brown shirt plane captain turns the f-18 over to him and he checks that all
16:28 tools from the plains pre-flight maintenance review are accounted for a
16:36 final walk around then he climbs into the cockpit
16:45 high fly gives the go-ahead and the planes ready to launch
16:52 when the pilot and the plane and prepped and ready they taxi into position
17:00 hand signals from the yellow and green shirt crew guides the planes front wheel
17:04 its nose gear up to the catapult and a whole back bar holds the plane in place
17:10 until launch
17:13 yeah
17:17 the pilot grabs a handle called the towel rack and hangs on tight for the
17:20 launch
17:27 I think it’s a lot like being at the apex of the hill on a roller coaster
17:31 right before you go down
17:35 best throw light you’ll ever do in your life
17:42 all you’re thinking about is ok this catapult going to work today
17:48 up in the air the team of f-18 pilots complete their mission training missions
17:54 like dog fighting and bombing runs are designed to simulate actual combat their
17:59 attorney can do
18:00 and on this Pacific Ocean deployment missions have very real world
18:04 implications
18:07 just working there Korea and North Korea we were fly some of those boundaries you
18:12 know what hear about on CNN next morning
18:17 the Super Hornet is a reliable fighter jet with a combat range of over two
18:21 thousand three hundred kilometres
18:23 but on longer missions they’ll often require a refuel from a specially
18:28 configured tanker usually another Super Hornet
18:34 during a midair refueling the tanker extends a hose and basket and the pilot
18:39 below must carefully link in with a retractable fuel probe
18:45 it takes about 10 minutes for a refill and pilots must hold their positions
18:50 tightly at own hose could spray fuel onto his jet and impair his visibility
18:55 when the mission is complete
18:59 leftenant de Janeiro circles back to the carrier
19:04 dark
19:06 the go-ahead from the landing signal officer tells him to bring the plane in
19:10 for a landing
19:11 it’s no simple feat de Janeiro’s maneuvers must be exact as he guides the
19:16 speeding plane towards the flight deck to stop
19:19 he must hook a wire on a runway about 245 meters long
19:27 it’s an easy process for him now but he still remembers his first carrier flight
19:32 and landing
19:33 it’s something I really couldn’t even describe but it’s a very interesting
19:39 feeling it’s the coolest thing I will ever do in my life
19:44 leftenant de Janeiro taxes the plane into a parking spot and turns it back
19:48 over to the plane captain
19:52 he and his partner then head back to the ready room to debrief the results of the
19:57 last flight and begin planning the next left to right
20:00 is this really know oblique nature my turn already – 35 and go straight up to
20:04 the bullseye flying a daytime mission requires concentration and focus but
20:13 when the Sun Goes Down pilots face the most challenging aspect of Naval
20:17 Aviation night flight
20:22 it’s something that a lot of people never really get used to it i don’t
20:26 think the Wright brothers would have invented an airplane if if they were had
20:30 flying at night in mind especially often an aircraft carrier
20:33 it’s not something that’s necessarily fun but it will get your heart beating
20:42 yeah
20:45 many combat missions were flown under cover of darkness
20:49 so aviators must also trained this way yet at night no horizon is visible and
20:55 pilots can easily lose a sense of their surrounding space
21:10 on an exceptionally dark knight which will have when there’s no moon or when
21:14 there’s weather above us
21:16 blocking out the the moon and the stars it can be very disorienting
21:23 one piece of equipment that helps out night-vision goggles
21:29 these are the night vision goggles a nice small lightweight piece of gear so
21:33 it doesn’t hurt too much or it doesn’t strain your neck too much when you’re
21:36 fine with them at night gives us the opportunity to see the horizons the
21:40other airplanes see things on the ground out at range these are not binoculars in
21:45 any sense
21:46 all they’re doing is amplifying the ambient light that is out there during a
21:51 landing pilots shift their focus to the meatball a moving and the light on the
21:56 flight decks instrument display it moves up and down to indicate vertical angle
22:01 of approach to the runway pilots count on the meatball to guide them safely in
22:06 yet they often don’t realize how close they are to the carrier and the
22:12 touchdown can be a jarring surprise
22:16 it can go south very quickly when you’re landing on the carrier at night
22:19 you just revert to your training and don’t think about it if you think about
22:21 it you’re gonna be that if a pilot’s glide slope is incorrect by even a small
22:28 margin
22:29 he could strike the back of the carrier as this f-18 did on the reagan in
22:35 january 2006
22:40 yeah
22:43 yeah
22:48 pilot ejected safely but the plane was lost in the ocean
22:54 still despite the ever-present danger
22:57 these naval aviators are well trained and they rely on their years of
23:01 experience to fly and land safely
23:04 you got a kind of stay relaxed and stay focused on what you’re doing and not
23:10 think too hard about what you’re going to do
23:14 for the men and women of the Reagan’s air wing it comes down to a passion for
23:19 flying these high-tech toys
23:25 it’s a pretty difficult job at by one of the most rewarding
23:29 it’s awesome to fly on off the boat it’s a great job out here it’s pretty sweet
23:41 the USS Ronald Reagan has dozens of highly trained pilots flying the Navy’s
23:46 most versatile strike fighter the f-18
23:50 these powerful planes require explosive weaponry to complete their missions
23:54 so the Reagan is packed to the gills with four and a half million kilograms
23:58 of ordnance
24:01 the f-18 Super Hornet carries up to 11 pieces of ordnance on every flight
24:05 attached to the hooks on the wings or body of the playing some weapons are
24:11 guided by GPS radar or heat-seeking infrared like the sidewinder missile
24:17 others are simply dumb bombs heavy unguided explosives weighing between 225
24:23 and 900 kilograms
24:27 and then there’s the whole its powerful gun a 20-millimeter cannon that shoots
24:32 6,000 rounds per minute
24:38 every piece of the ships ordinance is kept on one of 34 storage units called
24:43 magazines
24:46 flight preparation begins in a well-protected assembly room
24:49 deep inside the carrier five decks below the water line here unarmed weapons are
24:56 assembled for combat by a well trained crew of ordnance handlers known as the
25:01 g3 division
25:02 they’re trained as a cohesive you and
25:06 through that training that’s how we become more proficient in hand
25:09 weapons the crew is preparing a 225 kilogram mark 80 series unguided dumb
25:15 bon on the bombs back end an aerodynamic thin is attached it will help the bomb
25:21 fly more accurately to its target at the same time a nose plug is installed on
25:27 the front end to give the bomb greater target penetration
25:31 the crew adds a safety switch and inspect the bomb a pneumatic hoist moves
25:44 it from the assembly table to a skid for transport to the flight deck this well
25:50 trained crew is efficient completing the ordinance assembly in about a minute
25:58 one of the ships nine ordinance elevators brings the bomb to a staging
26:03 area for bomb farm located on the flight deck starboard side backlog for
26:10 alignment security
26:13  after one last inspection the g3’s had custody of the bomb to the squadron’s
26:18 own ordinance crew they’ll load the weapon onto an f-18 there’s no room on
26:27 the flight deck for pneumatic hoists
26:29 so this six-person team must lift the bomb by hand and carefully lock it into
26:34 place on the AFA teens wing for leverage
26:43 they use metal poles nicknamed her near bars
26:51 finally the bomb is safely locked and tightened into place at this stage with
27:05 the dumb bomb tightly attached to the plane
27:07 the crew can arm it for combat with an exploding fuse moving ordinance is a
27:16 precision operation that’s never rushed a single misstep could lead to a
27:21 crewmember injury or an unplanned flight deck detonation disasters that are
27:26 extremely rare yet catastrophic when they occur
27:34 july twenty ninth nineteen sixty seven the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was
27:41 deployed to vietnam shortly before eleven in the morning and uncontrolled
27:47 electrical surge inadvertently launched a Zuni rocket from an f4 phantom jet the
27:52 weapons struck another jet
27:54 within seconds burning fuel and exploding bombs turn the flight deck
27:59 into a fiery death trap
28:01 sailors rush to battle the blaze only to encounter more explosions and a deadly
28:07 inferno
28:21 it took nearly 14 hours to extinguish the blaze
28:25 more than 50 planes were damaged or destroyed and 134 of the Foresters crew
28:30 died or went missing
28:36 safety is not just for the EOD crew emergency preparedness is a task every
28:42 sailor on the supercarrier takes very seriously
28:45 it’s a routine part of life in the Navy to prepare for emergencies the crew of
28:50 the USS Ronald Reagan constantly runs practice drills sometimes daily and
28:59 because they’re being watched and graded by their superiors
29:02 they’re under pressure to perform perfectly
29:06 – captain Terry craft safety drills are a key part of life on the Reagan know
29:13 this shipping from under me
29:16 why we are constantly drilling in preparing for anything that might happen
29:19 are you drill people the more they’re confident they absolutely no the road
29:23 the better they’re gonna be on time of Christ at least once a week
29:29 the ship goes to General Quarters a readiness condition where the crew
29:33 practices drills to ensure the ship survival a General Quarters is called
29:42 away anytime the ship and counters of missile attacks or torpedoes and that’s
29:48 basically used to set up the highest state of readiness while crew members
29:54 simulated attack damage and fire with flags another team sets out to assess
29:59 the ship’s damage and confronts and smothers the blaze
30:08 several times a year the Reagan’s crew runs the mass casualty drill a
30:14 simulation where sailors original dead
30:17 we got a tourniquet on your controlling bleeding we got morphine on board for
30:22 your pain
30:23 you’re gonna be all right let’s put it in your stomach you hurt anywhere else
30:26 all right get open femur fracture hypotensive leftenant market Brockman is
30:30 one of the ship’s medical offices
30:33 what we run is it drill as the points craft and today we have 50 casualties on
30:38 the deck
30:39 all right make sure you notate the car and what time the tourniquet was applied
30:43 what time the morphine was getting the medical crew goes to work on the
30:47 casualties
30:48 removing them from the flight deck it’s a massive operation and one name is
30:54 practice to prepare for an emergency
30:56 you got an impaled object is stable object is
30:59 cured so that the light just came down ronald reagan’s been lucky
31:03 we’ve never had made of an actual mass casualty we shoot hundreds of planes a
31:06 day and
31:08 it doesn’t even need to be a combat operation of one of those planes mrs.
31:11 that’s a mess handling
31:17 the web training is an important drill
31:20 how did see an enemy torpedo attack or even a burst pipe can cause a flood
31:26 the first crew members on the scene must block the water with their bodies then a 31:31
31:31 crew arrives and hammers would wedges into the pipe to plug the leak
31:39 yeah
31:42 the wedges sword off leaving just enough word in the whole to stop the water a
31:48 rubber patch and some twine finish the job
31:51 it’s an exhausting and very real simulation but one that will help the
31:56 ship survive a disaster at sea
32:05 combat aircraft weaponry and safety drills are just part of this
32:09 supercarriers arsenal of war
32:11 next we’ll look at the USS ronald reagan’s first line of defense a
32:15 powerful feelings of ships that protect and defend her from attack to the enemy
32:22 it’s a big floating target in the middle of the ocean
32:26 that’s why carrier defense is a top priority for captain Terry craft
32:32 we’ve got a lot of a lot of ways to help defend this ship
32:37 against an enemy attack layered defense is the key good intelligence of what’s
32:42 out there is going to be the key to defend the ship should we
32:45 yeah
32:49 the Reagan’s layered defense depends on the Carrier Strike Group
32:53 a group of up to eight smaller ships that work together to surround and
32:58 shield the Reagan from enemy attack and aircraft carrier strike group is a lot
33:05 like a symphony orchestra
33:07 there are many pieces of that Orchestra that operate independently and yet they
33:13 have to blend together some of the most powerful ships in the u.s. Navy come
33:20 alone when the rake and ventures out on deployment one or more
33:25 arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyers they’re highly maneuverable
33:29 strike ships that guard the carrier from attack
33:34 the group also includes a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser
33:40 its crew closely monitors their radars looking for threats a firepower include
33:48 13 centimeter guns and radar guided Tomahawk missiles these regular weapon
33:54 tests
33:55 sure captain Sean O’Connor the cruiser is ready to do its job
34:00 quite frankly the US Navy built this ship to defend the aircraft carrier
34:06 that’s why we have it that’s why it’s here that’s why i am always within
34:09 eyesight 10 miles or so away from that carrier and my primary mission in life
34:15 is to make sure she is properly defended finally prowling nearby
34:22 there’s always at least one highly classified los angeles-class submarine
34:26 its mission seek out and destroy hostile enemy ships and subs
34:33 the Strike groups ships form a powerful shield around the Reagan
34:38 but the carrier’s first line of defense its outermost circle is the airway
34:43 flying out to a 400 kilometer radius the AFA teens protect the carrier against
34:49 air and surface threats
34:52 nearby the Prowler identifies and jams enemy radar signals so they can’t find
34:57 the Reagan while the Hawkeye acts like an early warning system its radar sweeps
35:03 around the strike group picking up distant threats from as far as 400
35:07 kilometres away like to go ahead and bring him inside the hole guy
35:14 the three-person surveillance group processes threat identification picked
35:18 up from the radars and relays it to the AFA teens and the strike group ships
35:25 we’re really kind of like a node for the air wing and the strike group and a lot
35:32 of information goes through us and comes out of us in order to for everybody to
35:36 execute the mission more effectively
35:42 yeah
35:44 there’s one more layer to the Reagan’s defense the combat Direction Center or
35:49 CDC an operation center on board the Reagan itself here in a room next to the
35:56 carrier’s Island Technical action officer Tom Jacobson monitors radar and
36:01 keeps in close contact with the Hawkeye and the rest of the strike group looking
36:05 for potential threats
36:09 we track all the surface and subsurface and air tracks all around us using all
36:16 of our radars and we’re pretty much the yard dog for the Ronald Reagan make sure
36:22 nobody gets in their yard
36:27 to defend the ship the tactical action officer can call on the f-18 strike
36:31 fighters
36:32 anything that gets past the planes will have to face the Reagan’s radar-guided
36:36 ordinance like the sea sparrow missile
36:40 fired from one of two launches on either side of the flight deck
36:44 these three and a half metre long weapons can fly more than 4,000
36:47 kilometers per hour to intercept enemy missiles or aircraft where the radar
36:53 tracker guy all the way in and will determine if his style
36:59 if so in a certain point will
37:02 make the determination that we need to use the missiles to one hostile in real
37:06 quick
37:08 our mission is to make sure that the wrong way it doesn’t take the first
37:12 ok
37:15 american military leaders send the USS Ronald Reagan out on deployment at sea
37:20 for months at a time but when deployment ends
37:26 the crew has to prepare the ship for its time off
37:29 that’s when they conduct one of their most complicated operations
37:34 now these are can represent mr. are floating most of the ships four and a
37:39 half million kilograms and explosive ordnance
37:46 when we get ready to put the ship into the maintenance period which is coming
37:50 up for us
37:51 I will take a lot of the ammunition off in order to free up some of the spaces
37:55 to do the work that we need to do and then once we deployed yet will load that
38:00 ammunition back on
38:04 the first task clear the hangar bay to make room for huge stacks of ammunition
38:08 to do this
38:12 the crew moves every playing to the front end of the flight deck
38:17 and parks them only centimeters apart
38:23 the planes combined weight causes the ship to lean to one side
38:30 so the ship’s engineers balance the supercarrier by pumping water and jet
38:34 fuel to the other side
38:38 the carrier’s crew begins the operation by shooting four pairs of lines across
38:42 the 48.7 7-meter gap
38:49 we shoot shot lines which are just very small thin lines of a nylon cord and
38:56 then we pull those chords over with bigger line and then bigger line and
38:59 finally with below the big heavy wire
39:06 when the Reagan’s weapons are ready and navy ammunition ship comes alongside and
39:12 stacks of ordnance make the 48.7 7-meter journey across
39:18 to make the transfer both the carrier and the supply ship must maintain a
39:23 constant speed and an exact distance of forty eight point seven seven meters
39:27 apart for three to six hours
39:35 if the ship’s tray of course the wires could stretch and snap recoiling like a
39:40 deadly whip along and you do it the more chances of safety mishap happened so we
39:47 want to do it as safe and
39:49 as smooth as possible
39:54 helicopters also help out
40:03 yeah
40:04 by ferrying bombs through the air
40:18 its standard the coordinates were moving is it’s heavy
40:21 some of the loads up in excess of 3,500 pounds and I takes a lot of skill and
40:27 moving the aircraft a lot of hands-on work
40:30 it wears you out pretty quickly
40:35 after three days the ammo off load is complete
40:41 yeah
40:53 the ship sails back towards her home port in San Diego California
40:57 but first it makes an important stop at Pearl Harbor Hawaii
41:06 to honor american sailors lost here during world war two the Reagan’s
41:11 crewman’s the rails for close to two hours including a 15-minute salute to
41:16 the USS arizona memorial
41:34 five days after the stop in Hawaii the USS Ronald Reagan sales into its home
41:40 port in San Diego
41:42 I’m sure families wait patiently for the crew to return the long months apart
41:50 make the homecoming and emotional experience
42:06 according to Navy tradition sailors who become new Father’s during deployment to
42:12 the first on sure
42:16 it’s a powerful experience as they meet their newborn children for the first
42:21 time
42:28 they’ve called this ship home for months now they disembark to return to their
42:34 families
42:35 this supercarriers mission is complete