FRIDAY FOTO (October 3, 2014)
Blowing Off Steam.
How big is the hangar deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier? Big enough to store and work on the jets and other aircraft — and still have plenty of room for a half court basketball game.
This photo was taken on the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The basketball team practicing their passing game is called the Avengers. Make sure you click on the photo to enlarge the image.
The Navy says the George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. But if you click on this link, you will see how busy the flight deck and crew is — supporting air strikes against the murderous extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State — in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) depending on whom you’re talking to. No wonder these sailors are letting off a little steam.
And it’s important to remember that even below deck, not everyone is off duty at the same time.
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