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ASC Visit to Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

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On Friday, April 26, twenty-five students toured the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier docked at Khalifa Bin Salman Port. Students boarded the ship and met their tour guide in the giant hanger deck where planes are maintained and sailors play basketball. They then climbed ten floors of narrow stairway to the flight bridge, quite an ordeal for students who insist on taking the elevator when they have to go down one floor at the university! The flight bridge is where all the tail-hook landings and catapult take-offs are controlled. They then went down to the captain’s bridge and had a chance to sit in the captain’s (boss) seat or that of his assistant, the mini-boss, and put their hands on the little wheel that steers the mammoth ship. Students descended further to the open flight deck where they were told about the different kinds of planes that operate on the carrier. Finally, they visited a small museum and watched two short videos which told about the history and operation of the carrier as well as the president after which the ship is named. During the tour, students were allowed to snap pictures; many took full advantage of the opportunity, some accumulating as many as 300 photos!

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