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  •  I Heard 1 to 2 Disappears Per Carrier Deployment (1+ / 0-)
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    Sometimes someone gets blown off the flight deck, but often someone just turns up missing at sea.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 11:29:26 AM PST

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    •  Sounds about right to me (7+ / 0-)

      I was aboard the ship for about 3 years and that was the only person we lost.  I believe one or two others went overboard but were picked up.  Scale that up to a carrier population and it's about that rate.  
      It occasionally makes news from cruise ships.  

      You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.- Jeannette Rankin

      by CA148 NEWS on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 11:41:37 AM PST

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    •  A carriers deck is one of the most dangerous (8+ / 0-)

      places in the military -- war or not. I don't think the Army has anything to compare with it on a day to day basis. And I spent no small amount of time as a grenade range throwing bay NCO with nervous recruits  ( amongst a couple of other somewhat risky endeavors ) --- much safer than a carrier flight deck!

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:54:38 PM PST

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    •  There is Always a Fantail Watch (0+ / 0-)

      while underway. They are posted specifically to watch for people  who have been blown off the flight deck or slipped off the adjacent catwalks.  Deliberate jumpers are a different story.  
      During flight ops there was always a Destroyer or D Escort
      in our wake. They were tasked with the search and rescue of
      downed pilots or others in the water.  

      You're a mammal, listen to your body.

      by post rational on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 12:35:53 PM PST

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