The Catapult Topside Petty Officer's job is to ensure the safety of all personnel on the flight deck during launching operations, and to ensure the proper hook-up of the aircraft to the catapult. It's interesting to watch the launch team move from side to side as the planes move forward. It's interesting to watch as everybody does exactly what they are supposed to do, moves to specific locations on the flight deck. I was reading some months ago about the Chinese and their new forays into the realm of aircraft carrier operations. One commenter pointed out that having an aircraft carrier is much easier than actually operating it, and the US is decades ahead of other countries in the development and practice of carrier operations. Watch these guys in action and see the efficient โ€” and safe โ€” choreography. Also, I can't even imagine how loud it would be up there.

/in b4 Sploid