Carrier (2005) PBS

Carrier, Ep. 6: Groundhog Day

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Episode 6: "Groundhog Day"

After two months in the Gulf, one day starts to become indistinguishable from the next. The airwing still hasn’t dropped a single bomb, which is frustrating for some on board. The only relief comes from a port call in Bahrain, where some sailors relax by the pool, while others visit a mosque and learn about Muslim culture. The Princeton, one of the escort ships in the Nimitz strike group, loses a man overboard; an intense search to find the lost sailor ensues.



Chapter 1: "Monotony" (15:07)

After three weeks in the Persian Gulf, everyday begins to feel like the same day for the crew of the USS Nimitz.

Chapter 2: "Sinking Dhow" (5:19)

The crew tries hard to save a small Iraqi boat that’s sinking nearby.

Chapter 3: "Bahrain" (18:09)

After thirty-six days at sea, the sailors finally get a (heavily restricted) break in Bahrain.

Chapter 4: "Expecting" (11:39)

The crew continues to search for a man who went overboard on the nearby USS Princeton.

Chapter 5: "Saying Goodbye" (7:45)

One pilot says his final goodbyes and takes off for home just as the search for the man overboard comes to a sad end.

Documentary Description


CARRIER, a 10-part series filmed aboard the USS Nimitz, is a character-driven immersion in the high- stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. The episodes follow a core group of characters as they navigate their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror. An Emmy Award-winning the television series is about a six-month deployment of a United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 2005 from the United States to the Middle East and back.



Making the film CARRIER required 17 filmmakers to take a six-month journey aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its deployment to the Gulf in support of the Iraq War. They disembarked from Coronado, California on May 7, 2005 and returned there November 8, 2005 with stops at Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong, Guam, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain and Perth, Australia.



The trip proved an evolution for the film crew who spent the early weeks trying to find their place while the 5,000 sailors and Marines around them were too busy to take notice. Eventually, the film crew discerned the ebb and flow of life on a carrier, and began to feel more at home on board. The ship’s crew not only accepted them but also took a vested interest in the project, making suggestions on the best places to film and providing access to missions that helped capture the full experience of the deployment.



Jammed into their own staterooms, the crew that once felt apart now felt kinship as they shared both trepidation and jubliation awaiting the safe return of the carrier’s jet fighters. When the huge emotional surge of seeing home hit in November, the filmmakers knew how the Nimitz crew must feel. But back on land, their own mission of editing and production continued for nearly three more years before the film CARRIER docked at PBS on April 27, 2008.

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