Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz man the rails as Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing 11 depart San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
Aircraft carriers are essentially airports at sea, and they provide military aircraft with enough space to take off and land in international waters. Some of these aircraft carriers are bigger than others. For example, the USS Nimitz is a supercarrier and has room for 6,000 people, not to mention over 60 aircraft. It takes a lot of Sailors to keep aircraft carriers as large as the USS Nimitz running smoothly.