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Smithsonian Channel Announces ‘Carriers at War’

Series to Debut on Memorial Day Weekend

Smithsonian Channel will introduce a new four-part series called “Carriers at War” that offers unique access to America’s elite fleet of mighty aircraft carriers as they engage in real-world action – giving viewers an intimate look at how the U.S. Navy maintains, operates and deploys to troubled spots around the globe. The series also unveils the newest generation of American supercarrier, designed to revolutionize naval warfare.

The logline: “Carriers at War” journeys aboard today’s carriers – some of the world’s most powerful and the most technologically sophisticated in military history. Granted exclusive access by the U.S. Navy, the series embeds with the nuclear-powered USS George H.W. Bush as it travels into the Arabian Gulf during combat operations to help Iraqi ground troops defeat ISIS. The series also features the first-ever in-depth look at the construction and launch of the Navy’s latest generation of carriers – the multi-billion-dollar, highly advanced and controversial supercarrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford. Viewers join air wing strike force pilots in the cockpit during real-life missions and learn about life aboard the giant vessels –four-and-a-half acres of sovereign and mobile American territory that can bring lethal power and the hard arm of American diplomacy to conflict zones around the world.

“Carriers at War” premieres Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET.