206: Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

206: Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

Mar 1, 2002
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.
  • Ira interviews the captain of the Stennis, James McDonell. The ship's executive officer Jeff Milller announces that the ship has a fresh water shortage.

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