An Aircraft Carrier Commander's Last Day In the "Office"

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This photo of Captain Christopher Bolt preparing for his last flight looks like a painting, bringing together Bolt’s monochrome profile and the ragged reflection of the carrier’s megastructure on the coating of plane window.

It’s almost poetic. According to the Navy, Bolt is part of its “only forward-deployed aircraft carrier,” the USS Ronald Reagan. In the photo, he’s performing one last preflight check before taking to the sky–his “last as the ship’s commanding officer.”

[Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy]

Illustration for article titled An Aircraft Carrier Commander's Last Day In the "Office"

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In my life I’ve met men and women like that

Who stood watch on the ships tall and flat

They stand proud now with an easy gait.

For once they held fast and safe the world’s fate

But now their job is done, their watch is over

Braver things yet they to do, but now moreover

They look to sea and sky and sigh.

Wishing once more to fly once more so high

To taste the salt and to feel the forced draft breeze.

Yet, their watch is over, it’s not meant to be

So farewell brave sea dogs and fair winds and following seas