24 photos that show the synchronized chaos of America's aircraft-carrier flight decks

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Tiger cruise participants commemorate their voyage with a spell-out on the flight deck on the USS Carl Vinson.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

(US Navy Photo)

An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

An aircraft prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes/Released)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron 41 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.

(US Navy Photo)

Sailors stow an aircraft barricade after flight deck drills aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

(US Navy Photo)

Sailors conduct a special patrol insertion/extraction exercise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas/USN)

Ship executive officer addresses Sailors on the flight deck during an all-hands call on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Bell/Released)

USS Bonhomme Richard conducts flight operations.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/Released)

A pilot confirms the weight of his jet prior to launch on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.

(Photo via US Navy)

Airman position model aircraft on a planning board in the flight deck control center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Murphy/Released)

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate signals a C-2A Greyhound on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

(US Navy Photo)

A landing craft air cushion enters the well deck of USS Kearsarge in Gulf of Aden.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea/Released)

Sailor signals for Sailors to set up the aircraft barricade during a drill aboard USS George Washington.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore/Released)

Sailors conduct a chock and chain evolution with an SH-60 Sea Hawk aboard USS Wasp.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

An Airman directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.

(US Navy Photo)

Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the USS Ronald Reagan.

(US Navy Photo)

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America's aircraft carriers are the heart of the US Navy and serve as American territory floating around the world, allowing the US to project massive air and sea military might.

During flight operations, an aircraft carrier's deck is an extremely dangerous place with expensive fighter jets and helicopters landing and taking off on a short runway. However, sailors and airmen mitigate risks by fine tuning the chaos with coordination and precision.

Here are 24 pictures to prove there is really nothing quite like America's aircraft carriers.

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