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A look at life on the USS Carl Vinson

Originally Published: November 11, 2011
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- When the planes -- or the birds, as they like to call them aboard the USS Carl Vinson -- go up, for the guys on the flight deck, the ones in the blue jerseys charged with helping things run seamlessly, there is a sensation like no other.

"You can feel your organs shake,'' said James McCaughan, a 21-year-old sailor from Virginia. "There's this huge fire so there's a line you have to stand behind, but you can still feel it burn.''

Which, to the rest of us less brave ...

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