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Show of Force/Groundhog Day (#105)

The mission really kicks off when the Nimitz arrives in the Gulf and the conditions are extreme. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: CARRIER is a character-driven, edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction drama and a once-in-a-lifetime total immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. CARRIER follows a core group of film participants aboard the USS Nimitz, from the admiral of the strike group to the fighter pilots to the youngest sailors, as they navigate personal conflicts around their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror. The USS Nimitz is 24 stories high, three football fields long and carries more than 5, 000 Navy personnel and 85 military aircraft. Filmed from May to November 2005, nearly 2,000 hours of high-definition video were captured aboard the ship during a full six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, of which three months were spent in combat in support of the ground troops. For the first time, a television series takes a raw and personal look at the Navy's role in this controversial war.

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  • All Hands (1 of 10) (#101)

    On a bright May morning, 5,000 sailors and Marines set out to sea aboard the mammoth USS Nimitz. [56 minutes]

  • Controlled Chaos (2 of 10) (#102)

    The only bulwark against danger for the crew of the USS Nimitz is their bond with their units. [56 minutes]

  • Super Secrets (3 of 10) (#103)

    Many aspects of life on a nuclear aircraft carrier are hush-hush. Sex is forbidden, but inevitable. [56 minutes]

  • Squared Away (4 of 10) (#104)

    Mentoring and camaraderie are what hold the ship together. But life on deployment can be stressful. [56 minutes]

  • Groundhog Day (6 of 10) (#106)

    One day starts to become indistinguishable from the next. Relief comes from a port call in Bahrain. [56 minutes]

  • Rites of Passage/True Believers (Parts 7 & 8 of 10) (#107)

    An ancient maritime ritual takes place. The many expressions of faith aboard the ship are explored. [116 minutes]

  • True Believers (8 of 10) (#108)

    The many expressions of faith onboard the USS Nimitz are explored, including faith in the mission. [56 minutes]

  • Get Home-Itis (9 of 10) (#109)

    The soldiers prepare to return home to their families. Counseling is offered to help the transition [56 minutes]

  • Full Circle (10 of 10) (#110)

    Sailors and Marines reflect on the deployment and they prepare to return home to their families. [56 minutes]

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