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This is the final video of my three part series showcasing the fun we had aboard the USS Nimitz. In this video, we explore the flight deck from back to front, visit the ship’s nurse to find out about medical capabilities, and visit a Magazine Room to learn about weapons. Truly an experience I’ll never forget.

-NGK

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Apologize for the delay in posting part 2 of my overnight embark on the USS Nimitz (@USS_Nimitz). Work has been pretty busy lately launching new tourism campaigns on the west coast.

But I’m a man of my word and glad to share with you this next installment of our overnight fun at sea. In this video, we check into “Hotel Nimitz”, explore the hangar, spend time in flight operations, witness insane nighttime landings on the carrier, and take a special “after hours” tour with MC1 David Mercil to visit the anchor room and other cool places.

I hope you enjoy this sneek peek of Navy life at sea. I’ll have the 3rd and final video up soon.

-NGK

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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have to say once more that my experience aboard the USS Nimitz was incredible. As promised, I’m sharing the first of three videos that showcases some of the more interesting and exciting parts of our overnight embark.

In this video, we depart Hickam Airforce Base on a C-2A Greyhound (aka COD or Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft) and head to the USS Nimitz. Once we landed, we were briefed and headed to the Bridge to watch the F18 Hornets land on the ship and watch flight deck operations from up above. We then headed to the flight deck to watch these amazing aircraft takeoff and land.

It’s an experience I’ll never forget. After we “boltered” (or missed all arresting cables on landing) on our first try, I finally experienced an arrested landing on the carrier. The only way I can describe it is like someone pushing on your entire body as hard as they can for 3 seconds. What a feeling! Spending time on the Bridge was surreal. Talking to the men and women in control of the ship, watching planes land, and observing deck operations was a lot of fun.

But being on the flight deck, standing 20 yards from a fighter jet, and watching it take off right before my eyes has to take the cake. The powerful smell of jet fuel, the deafening roar of the engines, and the heat coming off the deck was overwhelming.  Then, to witness the accuracy in which the pilots land these $80 million jets on a moving target was awesome.

I hope you enjoy this video. There’s two more to come, so stay tuned. I’ll continue my tour of the USS Nimitz into the library and hangar, check into “Hotel Nimitz,” and much more.

-NGK

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I’m going to be straight with you. The words I’m about to blog here over the next few weeks about my overnight embark on the USS Nimitz (August 9-10) likely won’t do the entire experience justice. It’s one of those things in life you have to do personally to fully appreciate it. But I’ll do my best in sharing just how amazing the opportunity I relished with 15 other distinguished visitors (DVs) really was.

But before I get there, there’s something called reality and work that I need to tend to first. No  more “cheat posts” after this one. Promise! I’ve posted above the complete welcome our group received by Capt. Michael Manazir shortly after we landed  on the carrier. In the video above he explains how we “boltered” on our landing (missed the arresting cable) and what has ahead over the next 20 or so hours. After meeting the Captain and hearing him talk, I knew this would be the trip of a lifetime.

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Our Distinguished Visitor group consisted of a variety of different folks from all sectors of the community. A couple educators, a realtor, a dentist, a couple of PR pros, a video production team, a techie, and others. It was great to share this experience with them!

Lots more to come about my time on the ship from beginning to end. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos I took and posted to Flickr yesterday. If that’s not enough, my blog-mate on this journey Burt Lum also posted photos he took to his Flickr page as well, and fellow bloggers Roxanne Darling and Melissa Chang – who completed the same embark a day before us – have already been busy posting to their respective sites/blogs. Check them out!

I’ll be back later this week with another update. For now, please turn your attention to Capt. Manazir.

-NGK

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