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Hollywood Hamilton on the USS George H.W. Bush

Over the weekend of August 9,10,11 I had the very rare opportunity to visit with Captain Andrew Loiselle, CMC David Carter and LCDR Charlie Drey and their remarkable crew aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier in the mid Atlantic. My overall experience was exciting. Learning how the Navy operates was nothing short of spectacular. It's absolutely amazing to see how our Navy continues to train so many young Americans in trades and skills that they wouldn't of otherwise had a chance at. During my short stay and living aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, by speaking with dozens of sailors, I learned that most of them joined the Navy to have a chance at learning a new skill and acquiring unrivaled experience in the process. I also found that allot of enlisted sailors joined not knowing what they wanted in life and then ended up finding their career niche while actually serving in the Navy. I was happy to find that the Navy teaches young people how to secure their finances while earning competitive pay with generous vacation time not to mention getting comprehensive health care coverage. The video and pictures you'll see in this slide show demonstrate just how important the Navy and all armed forces are regarding our nation's security cooperation efforts. This nuclear powered Carrier and all our Naval vessels play such an important role in building partnerships and establishing trust before crisis occurs during bilateral exercise and strategic port visits. Former President George H.W. Bush said it best while aboard the ship addressing the crew, and I concur, "Make no mistake; the work aboard this ship can be routinely difficult and sometimes dangerous. But the freedom we seek and peace we desire can only be found in the countless sacrifices you will make in everyday tasks you will perform." My sincere thank you to the entire staff and crew aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). You should be very proud; I know I am of you. Sean H. Hamilton

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    Looking down on the ship as we await a green light to land on this 1,092 foot long monster. The USS Bush is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall with a 4.5 acre flight deck. So I'm thinkin' to myself, this is gonna be interesting....
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    Getting briefed before leaving for the Aircraft Carrier. NOTHING they said prepared me for landing or taking off with only 130 of runway. lol
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    On the C.O.D (Carrier onboard delivery plane with LCDR Charlie Drey. Today I was the delivery.
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    I remember thinking to myself... OK, this is looking a little old!
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    Standing in front of a F-18 Super Hornet.
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    Sailors doin' their thing on the flight deck.
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    Sailor who really know their stuff called "Red Shirts" work the ordinance and mount them on the Jets.
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    The USS George H. W. Bush can hold up to 80-plus combat aircraft.
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    The USS George H. W. Bush is powered by two nuclear reactors and can be operated for more than 20 years without refueling. This is one of the two hatches where in 20 years will then need to be reopened and refueled. Crazy!
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    Enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days. 18,150 meals served daily! That's allot of food!
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    Getting ready for another meal, serving 5000 Navy personal daily.
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    Sailors love their bread!
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    A tribute to our 41st President George H. W. Bush in his tribute room.
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    The Anchor chain. Each link weighs almost a TON!
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    The Anchor room. Huge!
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    Inside the very front of the ship. In my video link you'll see me stick my camera through one of those holes looking out at sea.
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    F-18 Super Hornet in the hanger for repairs.
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    Me holding on to the gun mount, obviously they didn't trust me with the gun.
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    Bird watching? Not sure..... Probably not.
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    F-18's sitting getting ready for deployment.
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    Hi!
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    Water as far as the eye can see. We're somewhere out in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, wouldn't tell me where due to security reasons.
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    Wrapped up blades and resting.
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    Giving some advice in the Carrier Air Traffic Control room, (CATC). Yea right.
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    Radar in the Carrier Air Traffic Control, (CATC). Yep those are allot of planes in the sky, commercial, private and military.
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    Radar plane getting ready to take off from the ship. Check out the video, awesome take off! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSvZG4tQ8Iw
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    A radar plane coming in for a landing. Click the video link to see it happen. What a sight!
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    A quick look at the chain of command regarding the Navy.
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    Meeting Captain Andrew Loiselle in his lounge. Great guy!
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    These guys are responsible for moving billion dollar Jets from one parking spot to another. The Flightdeck control room. Would make a very cool Milton Bradley Game.
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    Getting briefed in the Captains quarters. These guys knew their stuff!
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    Being in radio I've worn hundreds of headphones in my career and I've NEVER worn "noise cancellation" headphones likes these. They block out 80% of everything which is very important when working with Jets that are constantly using there afterburners when taking off literary 15 feet from you.
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    When I was visiting with the Captain in his lounge, all visitors are asked to sign this book. At the top if you look close enough you'll see President Bush's signature at the top there. This book when full will be placed in a time casual to be opened 50 years from now.
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    Very proud to say in that same book, there's my name and a little note at the bottom.
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    Hangin' out in the Carrier Air Traffic Control, (CATC).
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    MH60S Knighthawk landing as the sun starts to set. Navy Seals baby!
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    F-18's sitting getting ready for deployment.
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    Hanging out in the Captains Bridge.
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    This sailor is currently navigating the ships course, he's called the "gator". In the Captains Bridge.
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    She's 20 years old and steering a billion dollars worth of power! Love it!
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    Today's outlook...
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    The Flight Deck at night
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    The Flight Deck at night.
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    My bunk, I was the littlest and had the top one. lol
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    My desk in my cabin while on board.
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    A table that's always set and roped off in remembrance of our POW's.
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    When a F-18 Super Hornet fly's by, you feel it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSvZG4tQ8Iw