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  • Episode 1: All Hands

  • The USS Nimitz sets sail from California with 5,000 crew members. The sailors, airmen and cooks aboard this self-contained town find their lives and their roles collide as they go about their duties.

  • Episode 2: Controlled Chaos

  • The USS Nimitz crew bond tightly. The Shooters, who launch and recover jets, have a Circle of Trust. The Ordies pride themselves on being a mafia. While the F-18 squadrons are tight fraternities.

  • Episode 3: Super Secrets

  • Secrecy abounds on the USS Nimitz. From the supercarrier's itinerary and details of its nuclear reactor to dating and sex among crewmembers, every aspect of life on board is hush-hush.

  • Episode 4: Squared Away

  • Mentoring and camaraderie are what holds the USS Nimitz together. But life on deployment is stressful for everyone and there can be considerable friction, even when sailors blow off steam in port.

  • Episode 5: Show Of Force

  • Flight deck personnel endure searing Gulf temperatures and pilots face gruelling 6-hour missions over Iraq as crew question the aircraft carrier's role and effectiveness in this particular war.

  • Episode 6: Groundhog Day

  • After two months in the Gulf, every day seems the same. The airwing hasn't dropped a single bomb, which is frustrating for all on board, and the only relief comes from a port call in Bahrain.

  • Episode 7: Rites Of Passage

  • After its final day in the Gulf, the US Nimitz turns and heads for home. Crossing the equator, the entire ship takes part in the Crossing The Line Ceremony, an ancient maritime ritual.

  • Episode 8: True Believers

  • As the Nimitz drops anchor in Perth, explore the many expressions of faith on board: faith in self, faith in one's shipmates, faith in the mission of the ship and faith in a higher power.

  • Episode 9: Get Home

  • A six-month absence places a heavy burden on relationships for Nimitz crew. The Navy holds seminars to counsel sailors on what to expect when they return home - and how to make the transition smooth.

  • Episode 10: Full Circle

  • As the Nimitz makes its final transit from Hawaii to California, the sailors and Marines on board prepare to return to their homes and families, taking stock of what they've accomplished.

About the Show
Over 5,000 marines and sailors call the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz home. At sea for many months at a time on high-risk missions, these men and women must live together day in and day out. But how does a ship with a population the size of a small town function? This 10-part series follows the crew as they give us an inside look into how they deal with their day-to-day lives, relationships, jobs, faith and the risks they face aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier.


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