The Navy sent another carrier on a rare trip to the high north. Here's how sailors kept it going in harsh conditions around Alaska
"Within the space of the week, we went from sweating at every step to bundled up and seeing our breath," a USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor told Insider.
Hot, long days and dangerous working conditions are typical for Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Moore, whose job is helping launch and recover aircraft from the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The carrier routinely deploys to the Indo-Pacific region, where the warm weather adds to the heat on the deck and steam from the catapults. Moore's complex duties only get harder when the carrier does nighttime flight operations.
When the flattop arrived in the Gulf of Alaska in early May for Northern Edge 2021 - a two-week exercise involving 15,000 sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen - Moore looked forward to wrapping up a six-month deployment in unfamiliar surroundings, bundling up against the cold for operations in a region where the sun barely sets at this time of year.