These photos show what life is like aboard a US aircraft carrier

caption
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Straight of Hormuz.
source
Flickr/US Navy Photo

Aircraft carriers are among the ultimate examples of the US’ military strength.

Housing over 5,000 crew members and capable of carrying out missions for months at a time, aircraft carriers allow the US to project serious military force at any point around the globe. For the past seven months, the USS Harry S. Truman has been taking part in strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

After many months of continuous duty, which resulted in over 2,000 strikes against ISIS, the aircraft carrier arrived at the Greek island of Crete on June 21 to give its crew a much-needed break. But even while engaging in operations, aircraft carriers have many of the amenities found on land.

The following photos show what life was like for the crew members of the USS Harry S. Truman.


US Navy sailors wait in line for Starbucks coffee on board the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sailors get haircuts at the barber shop.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sailors work out on the aircraft carrier.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Navy F/A-18 pilot Commander Higgins, from the VFA-83 Squadron, also known as the “Rampagers,” gets ready before a mission.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An F/A-18 fighter jet takes off.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A sailor uses binoculars at sundown from the bridge.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pilots with the VAW-117 “Wallbangers” Airborne Command squadron wait in their room.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sailors use phones on the aircraft carrier.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Hats are seen on an animal bust on the aircraft carrier.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sailors sort mail in the hangar.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A sailor works in the laundry room.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sailors attach ammunition to a F/A-18 fighter jet on the flight deck before a mission.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A sailor waits for food.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A sailor walks by an F/A-18 fighter jet in a hangar on the aircraft carrier.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Higgins climbs in to his plane before a mission.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A sailor visits the shop on the aircraft carrier.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A pilot sits in the squadron room.

source
REUTERS/Baz Ratner