Carrier (2005) PBS

Carrier, Ep. 9: Get Home-itis

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Episode 9: "Get Home-itis"

A six-month absence places a heavy burden on relationships. The Navy holds seminars to counsel sailors on what to expect when they return home — and how to make the transition smooth. The “Tiger Cruise” ritual allows sailors to invite their family members aboard for the last leg of the deployment.



Chapter 1: "Thinking of You" (15:08)

Six months is a long time to be away from family and friends, and the crew has caught get-home-itis.

Chapter 2: "Kids on the Way" (12:07)

Changing family dynamics leave crew members on edge as they prepare to go home.

Chapter 3: "Incommunicado" (9:55)

Jets aren’t the only thing flying these days -- emotions run high as the tour winds down and the crew prepares to see family in as little as three days.

Chapter 4: "Hawaii" (6:22)

Crewmembers return to the U.S. and reunite with their families in Hawaii.

Chapter 5: "Together Again" (13:20)

Parents and kids unite as the Nimitz docks in Hawaii in preparation for the Tiger Cruise.

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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