Cool time-lapse of a US aircraft carrier crossing the new Suez Canal for the first time

Watch the USS Theodore Roosevelt navigate through the new Suez Canal with all of its fighter jets on deck. It’s super cool because the aircraft carrier is so big and the water of the canal is so calm that it feels like the Earth is moving around the land formation that is the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Plus, it’s super cool to see the fighter jets and helicopters just chilling on a parking lot that’s just moving in the water.


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I’m curious...

Let’s say there was a surprise strike on the carrier during this transit.

Could an aircraft carrier possibly launch aircraft in this condition? Normally, it would mean turning into the wind and going to (roughly) full power, to make enough wind over the deck... but could a lightly loaded F-18 be launched with a bit of a crosswind?