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What's under the flight deck in the back of an aircraft carrier?

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What's under the flight deck in the back of an aircraft carrier?
Life on an aircraft carrier is full of activities and curious places. Have you ever wondered what's under the flight deck and in the back of an aircraft carrier? Let's explore what exists in these lesser-known areas. Image: Nautical Defense/Disclosure

Life on an aircraft carrier is full of activities and curious places. Have you ever wondered what's under the flight deck and in the back of an aircraft carrier? Let's explore what exists in these lesser-known areas.

Underneath the flight deck of aircraft carriers are almost all control rooms. Because the island's superstructure was designed to be as small as possible, the only working areas on the superstructure are the bridge, chart room, radar and surveillance systems, and cockpit control room.

At the rear of the aircraft carrier, there is an area that was formerly called the “Spud Locker”, where potatoes were stored. Pilots used to joke that if they flew too low when landing on the carrier, they might end up crashing into the storeroom. On some ships, this room has been transformed into the jet engine workshop, where these engines are overhauled and tested.

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Just below the flight deck are the hangars, which occupy more than two-thirds of the aircraft carrier's total length.

This space is the aircraft carrier's “garage”, where the planes are stored when they are not in use. The hangar is divided into four zones separated by sliding doors, which help contain fires if an incident occurs.

Surrounding the hangar are four large, powerful elevators capable of transporting up to two fighters at once from the hangar to the flight deck. These elevators are essential for the quick and efficient operation of aircraft.

At the rear of the hangar, there are aircraft maintenance workshops, known as AIMD (Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Division)

In these workshops, constant repairs and testing of aircraft equipment are carried out. Jet engines are overhauled and tested in an open space at the rear of the aircraft carrier, where it is safe to conduct propulsion tests.

The need to check the condition of engines and aircraft is constant. Any negligence can result in loss of life. Engines are maintained and tested regularly, whether due to age or damage caused by foreign objects, such as particles that can be sucked in during operation.

Below the flight deck of aircraft carriers, especially in the rear, there is a complex world vital to the efficient and safe operation of the ship. Since hangars and engine workshops from jet to testing areas, each space plays a crucial role in ensuring everything runs smoothly.

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