This is something you can't usually see: the bow of an American nuclear aircraft supercarrier, the new Gerald R. Ford—the lead ship of a new class that will start replacing the Nimitz-class in 2015.
This is the Gerald R. Ford aircraft supercarrier. She will be the lead ship of the new class that will eventually replace the Nimitz-class supercarriers. She is also the first carrier to be entirely designed using three-dimensional modeling software.
It looks like an airfield runway in the middle of the desert, but this is actually the deck of the the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The ship was navigating across the Arabian Sea on March 19 when a powerful sand storm crossed her path.
This is the USS Ronald Reagan—the ninth of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarriers—cruising the Pacific Ocean. But instead of having combat jets all over her deck, it's packed with cars facing a single F-18. Why are they doing there?