Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work

  • Published: 26 December 2018
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington and Jorrit van Ginnkel (
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
    Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

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    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive

Comments • 8 189

  • BillieRibot
    BillieRibot  1 days back


    • John Smith
      John Smith  1 days back

      If you think the max speed of a carrier is 35mph I got a bridge for sale for a good price....

      • aiman hatim
        aiman hatim  1 days back

        FUCK AMERICA i hate them maybe now they have the most powerful military but when u learn history all the powerful empire will be fall one day.Just wait and see.ISRAEL DOG.

        • unqualified
          unqualified  2 days back

          If the statement of the safety or danger of the doors is false, it doesn't necessarily mean either is safe or deadly, right? It simply states that IF the first door is safe, then the second door is deadly.Did I get it right? I don't think I did.

          Isn't there four different combinations of the safe/deadly paradigm? Wait fuck shit okay I'm not so confident on it as I thought...

          • Romantis Anon
            Romantis Anon  3 days back

            We need Seacraft Carriers: large cities flying in the sky that drop boats at strategic locations.

            • Gazzar
              Gazzar  3 days back

              One of the main logistical challenges of operating the Queen Elizabeth carriers is of course maintaining the beer stocks in the onboard pub. If the beer runs out...back to port (get it?).

              • Elbashir Elamin
                Elbashir Elamin  4 days back

                // it returns false
                private boolean sign(){

                // The sign is a boolean result of the if condition

                // that say for the second door to be deadly first must be safe

                // the sign returns a boolean 'true', if

                // the condition is met. and set the first door as safe and the second door

                // deadly. but when it return false, it means condition not met, thus first door

                // is not safe (deadly) and second door never assigned false or deadly

                // Result in: first door is deadly and second door is safe.

                boolean door1 = false; // by the given condition

                boolean door2; // never false cause door1 not true

                if(door1) { // if the condition is true;

                door2 = false; // door1 is safe, door2 is deadly

                return true;

                }else{// if the condition is false, door1 is false;

                door2 = true; // door1 is deadly and door2 is safe

                return false; // condition not met;



                • Maria M
                  Maria M  4 days back

                  My fav thing is Bob’s Burgers playing aboard in the cafeteria of one of these ships

                  • holt145A
                    holt145A  4 days back

                    in defense of the chinese aircraft carriers, they use a ski-jump instead of catapults, this method is capable of launch jets but these have to be build specially to take off in the ski-jump runway.

                    • Benjamin Batty
                      Benjamin Batty  4 days back

                      Bro u forgot to say britain had one

                      • Lorenzo Castillo
                        Lorenzo Castillo  5 days back

                        2:08 - no class clowns in that group

                        • Sullivan Vega
                          Sullivan Vega  5 days back

                          Interesting video about Carriers since I served in one (HST CVN-75).

                          • Royal Army
                            Royal Army  5 days back

                            The Carrier can legally park at 22km on any country? Who made that law? The superpowers?

                            • Hubby Cub
                              Hubby Cub  4 days back

                              Germany lol, Iran has multiple warships off the east coast. Shows how much you dont know you libtard

                          • enrich coochie
                            enrich coochie  6 days back

                            Im American and even I'll say the US military flexes a lot on every other country

                            • Luxolo Cweti
                              Luxolo Cweti  6 days back

                              if the sign is false that means the doors can both either be safe or both deadly

                              • Arlo Rene
                                Arlo Rene  7 days back

                                Spain has one.

                                • King Vergaz
                                  King Vergaz  1 weeks back

                                  7:47 when you touch something hot but your crush is around

                                  • Dcoleman139
                                    Dcoleman139  1 weeks back

                                    Charles De Gaulle was a fucking egotistical asshole lol. Them naming everything after a man who said “France liberated itself.” pretty much sums up why everyone thinks the French are assholes.

                                    • crazy Mexican Gaming
                                      crazy Mexican Gaming  1 weeks back

                                      Well 13:01 seems kinda weird cause you don't know who owns the solar boat it's either Greece or the 2 European country flags next to the Greek flag

                                      • Fireboy Gaming
                                        Fireboy Gaming  1 weeks back

                                        Have you heard of the CG-62

                                        • Boss Dog
                                          Boss Dog  1 weeks back

                                          Australia 'sank' a US carrier back in the eighties with a shitbox Oberon class diesel electric sub. Ha Ha.

                                          • Boss Dog
                                            Boss Dog  1 weeks back

                                            @John Smith Too right.

                                          • John Smith
                                            John Smith  1 weeks back

                                            @Boss Dog Might is Right

                                          • Boss Dog
                                            Boss Dog  1 weeks back

                                            @John Smith We have been your de-facto 51st state since Vietnam. Doesn't the Creator live in heaven somewhere?

                                          • John Smith
                                            John Smith  1 weeks back

                                            If that was true Australia would either be our 51 state or a creator in the Ocean.

                                        • megmaconqueror
                                          megmaconqueror  2 weeks back

                                          9:09 Pronouced "Yokosuka" incorrectly. Think of it more like "Yo" Kos" Ka" the "U" is silent. ~ FC2 Burns, USS Ronald Reagan.

                                          • Ensign Gaming
                                            Ensign Gaming  2 weeks back

                                            While the Japan got a Izuno a disguise helicopter carrier wherein it can transform to aircraft carrier in times of war. There's a documentary about Mizuno.

                                            • H reyes
                                              H reyes  2 weeks back

                                              If you open the other door then you die... You will know the answer then

                                              • SeanPlaysGames
                                                SeanPlaysGames  2 weeks back

                                                its would be 2 if GLaDOS said it because she uses reverse psychology

                                                • Toprak Akgoz
                                                  Toprak Akgoz  2 weeks back


                                                  • NavilNDG
                                                    NavilNDG  2 weeks back

                                                    Ah yes, Singapore

                                                    • Spiny
                                                      Spiny  2 weeks back

                                                      Cool, but does it have WiFi?

                                                      • eskimo05w
                                                        eskimo05w  2 weeks back

                                                        "If this sign is *false,* what's true about the doors?" By *"false"* do you mean it's stating the exact opposite of what is true (i.e. this door is deadly and the other door is safe)? Or that some part of it is *"false",* as in both doors are safe or both doors are deadly? Any of these would render the sign *false.*

                                                        • Shubham Shrivastava
                                                          Shubham Shrivastava  2 weeks back

                                                          India has two wrong information

                                                          • Adrian Powers
                                                            Adrian Powers  2 weeks back

                                                            Don’t know anything about the doors

                                                            • giobot 17
                                                              giobot 17  2 weeks back

                                                              aircraft carriers is a floating city when you think about it

                                                              • HR Sidhu 13
                                                                HR Sidhu 13  2 weeks back

                                                                Both doors r deadly

                                                                • Jay's Brick Co.
                                                                  Jay's Brick Co.  2 weeks back

                                                                  The first door has a chance to be deadly, so I'm going to keep walkimg down the hall and mind my businesses

                                                                  • Trish Littlejohn
                                                                    Trish Littlejohn  2 weeks back

                                                                    "you can order amazon on an aircraft carrier"

                                                                    *order amazon prime two day shipping

                                                                    • Trish Littlejohn
                                                                      Trish Littlejohn  2 weeks back

                                                                      both doors are safe

                                                                      • Gokhan Yurtsever
                                                                        Gokhan Yurtsever  2 weeks back

                                                                        Holy cows 6000 people on the ship?

                                                                        • M S
                                                                          M S  2 weeks back

                                                                          Down the rabbit hole I go

                                                                          • MuddahFukkah
                                                                            MuddahFukkah  2 weeks back

                                                                            Mail...? They have not invented internet?

                                                                            • Robert Moore
                                                                              Robert Moore  2 weeks back

                                                                              You cant send a care package via internet.

                                                                            • Robert Moore
                                                                              Robert Moore  2 weeks back

                                                                              They have had internet for years

                                                                          • Reshu Goyal
                                                                            Reshu Goyal  2 weeks back

                                                                            door 2

                                                                            • im1who84u
                                                                              im1who84u  2 weeks back

                                                                              11:00 All we know is that there are two doors and one of them has sign on it with the big word “IF” incorporated into it. The signs message is pretty much useless with the word “if” in it. In addition, we are told the sign is false.

                                                                              There are two handguns on a table in front of you.
                                                                              If one of them is loaded, the other isn’t.

                                                                              The statement, “if one of them is loaded, the other isn’t”, is a lie.

                                                                              So, what do you know? You know there are two handguns on a table in front of you and a statement, “if one of them is loaded, the other isn’t”, which you are told is a lie. And then there’s that pesky word “if”.

                                                                              You aren’t told that one is loaded, if both are, or if neither of them is loaded.

                                                                              So, all you really know is that there are two handguns on the table in front of you. Whether any, none, or all are loaded……? You have no idea.

                                                                              • Ronald Hoel
                                                                                Ronald Hoel  2 weeks back

                                                                                One door has a sign and the other doesn't.

                                                                                • dave boydell
                                                                                  dave boydell  2 weeks back

                                                                                  The US is insane! Talk about living in fear!

                                                                                  • Ho Lee Fuk
                                                                                    Ho Lee Fuk  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Nope, we just like them because we can fuck up your entire country in less than 24 hours!

                                                                                • Captain Plaintif
                                                                                  Captain Plaintif  2 weeks back

                                                                                  both doors are deadly

                                                                                  • Ronnie Hao
                                                                                    Ronnie Hao  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Rumors said Chinese-Made DF variants have the ability to sink aircraft carriers. Anyone knows ?

                                                                                    • Nuke89345
                                                                                      Nuke89345  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Supposedly they're these anti-ship ballistic missiles that can do the job. The problem is getting a kill chain reliable enough to do it as ballistic missiles aren't known for hitting moving targets without nuclear explosions and so far China hasn't really shown anything that they can do it.

                                                                                  • Arun Mahider
                                                                                    Arun Mahider  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Thanks jeeez

                                                                                    • Big Nibba
                                                                                      Big Nibba  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Its 2019 and they still read off paper mail 😂

                                                                                      • Gurkenhaupt 2016
                                                                                        Gurkenhaupt 2016  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I think the makers of the video forget to mention the other nations like spain, that are also running aircraft carriers in their Military.