Exclusive: Life aboard a U.S. Navy missile cruiser

Exclusive: Life aboard a U.S. Navy missile cruiser


>>Reporter: AFTER THOUSANDS OF MILES, A SCREECHING HOALT ON AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, I LANDED ON THE U.S. NAVY’S GUIDED MISSILE, LEAD DEFENDER OF THE “USS TRUMAN” AND HOME OF BOBBY RASHAD.>>YOU’VE BEEN TO MY OFFICE. >>YES. >>Reporter: AFTER A REPORT RECENTLY AIRED, OUR SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP, THIS WAS THE FIRST TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES FROM ISIS.>>MY REPORTING ON A WORLD AT WAR AND HIS FIGHTING IN ONE. THE U.S. NAVY GRANTED ME RARE AND EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE LIVES OF THESE YOUNG SAILORS TO DEPLOY IN THE ARABIAN GULF AND I WAS HONORED TO CLIMB ABOARD. >>ALL RIGHT. SO THIS — >>Reporter: IS THIS YOUR ROOM?>>I LIVE, WORK, COUNSEL — >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU HAVE OVER THERE?>>I HAVE PICTURES OF IMPORTANT PEOPLE. >>RASHAD!>>YEAH, YOU’RE THERE. >>Reporter: YOU’RE STUCK STARING AT ME NEXT TO YOUR SWEET FAMILY? BEING SEPARATED FROM MY FAMILY ENSURES THE SAFETY OF MILLIONS BACK HOME, SO IT’S WORTH IT.>>Reporter: THE AVERAGE AGE ON BOARD IS 27. BUT MANY OF THESE MILLENNIALS EXUDE A MATURITY AND SACRIFICE FAR BEYOND THEIR AGE. THEY ARE IN HARM’S WAY EVERY DAY.>>I HAVE VISUAL OF THE SMALL BOAT.>>RIGHT THERE, IT’S TO THE LEFT OF IT. >>Reporter: RESPONDING TO UNKNOWN AND POTENTIALLY NEFARIOUS VESSELS AT SEA.>>245.>>Reporter: AND WEEKLY TESTING THE SHIP’S WEAPONS SYSTEMS. IF CALLED UPON, THE “USS ENZIO” CAN HIT TARGETS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA SOME 1,000 MILES AWAY. >>IT’S NIGHTTIME HERE BUT WITHOUT INSIDE AND IN, THEY KEEP THESE LABYRINTH-LIKE HALLWAYS DARK FOR A REASON. THE REASON S. IF THE CASE OF COMBAT SAILORS HAVE TO GET UP AND RUSH OUTSIDE AT NIGHT, IT’S EASIER FOR THEIR EYES TO ADJUST. ALONG THESE CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELLS EXISTS A BROTHERHOOD. THEY RISE TOGETHER AND RELAX TOGETHER, TOO. I’M BROOKE. NICE TO MEET YOU GUYS. SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO IN YOUR RARE DOWN TIME?>>THIS. >>Reporter: THIS IS IT?>>VIDEO GAMES, READ A LOT. >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD? KEEP IT CLEAN. >>WI-FI. >>Reporter: ARE YOU GUYS ALL ON FACEBOOK?>>NOT RIGHT NOW. >>Reporter: AND TRUST ME — >>A LITTLE RED PEPPER. >>Reporter: TAKE A MEAL WITH THEM IN THE MESS DECK, THESE BOYS CAN EAT. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?>>BACON. FROM GEORGIA.>>Reporter: GOT TO HAVE YOUR BACON. CAN TAKE YOU OUT OF THE SOUTH BUT CAN’T TAKE THE SOUTH OUT OF THE MAN. >>Reporter: NOT ALL OF THE SAILORS ARE MEN. YOU GUYS HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE GUYS. >>WE DO. WE DO. >>Reporter: A NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD AND ONE OF ONLY TWO WOMEN OUT OF 370-PLUS MEN STATIONED HERE, LIEUTENANT PRECIOUS McQUAID MADE A GUT-WRENCHING DECISION LAST NOVEMBER, LEAVE HER BABY GIRL BACK HOME WHEN DUTY CALLED. >>IT’S DEFINITELY TOUGH. BUT THE EXAMPLE THAT AT LEAST I’M SETTING FOR HER AND BREAKING SOME OF THE GENDER NORMS, YOU KNOW, THAT WOMEN HAVE FALLEN INTO AND GIVING THE MEN THAT I WORK WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEING FEMALES, YOU KNOW, DOING THE SAME PROFESSION AND THE ROLE MODELS THAT I CAN MAKE FOR BOTH THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT I WORK FOR AND THAT I’VE WORKED WITH IN THE PAST, THAT’S WHY I’M HERE.>>Reporter: WHICH IS INCREDIBLY ADMIRABLE. BUT I IMAGINE YOU HAVE DAYS WHERE YOU SHUT THE DOOR AND YOU WEEP.>>I THINK THE BABY IS HARD. IT’S THE FIRST SEPARATION FROM HER FOR PROBABLY LONGER THAN SIX DAYS. >>Reporter: NIGHTTIME ALLOWS A MOMENT TO THINK OF LOVED ONES BACK HOME AND TO SNEAK IN SOME SLEEP. THIS IS WHERE YOU SLEEP?>>YES. THIS IS WHERE WE SLEEP. >>Reporter: YOU WERE SAYING SOMETIMES YOU GET BETTER SLEEP HERE. >>OH, YEAH. >>Reporter: IN THIS TEENY BED?>>YES. >>Reporter: WHY?>>WELL, WHEN THE SHIP ROCKS, IT’S KIND OF LIKE YOUR MOTHER’S ROCKING. I DON’T KNOW. ONE OF THOSE THINGS. >>Reporter: THIS IS HOW NARROW IT IS. MY FOREARM. >>UH-HUH. >>Reporter: AND YOU CRAWL INTO THIS?>>OH, YEAH. >>Reporter: EVERY NIGHT?>>IT’S A TRICK TO IT. YOU GET USED TO IT AFTER A WHILE.>>Reporter: CAN YOU PLEASE SHOW ME?>>SURE. I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE. AND I’LL CLOSE MY CURTAIN. >>Reporter: DOES THAT MEAN DON’T BOTHER ME? YOU HEAR HIM COMING?>>OH, YEAH. >>Reporter: THE XO, THE SHIP’S EXECUTIVE OFFICER.>>LET THEM KNOW THAT I’M PAYING ATTENTION. >>Reporter: AND THE SAILOR’S DISCIPLINARY/DAD. >>IT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT. THE STUFF THAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS JUST AS SCARY SOMETIMES. >>Reporter: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST FEAR, THE ONE THING THAT TRULY KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?>>TWO THINGS, REALLY. NOT COMPLETING THE MISSION AND LOSING A SAILOR. BUT THE GOAL IS TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION AND BRING EVERYBODY BACK. >>THE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE WITH THE XO I THINK IS AWESOME AND IT’S A GREAT AMERICAN STORY AND I THINK YOUR RECOGNITION OF HIM AND THE INFLUENCE HE HAD ON YOUR LIFE BY WHAT HE STANDS FOR AND THE MORE PEOPLE THAT KNOW ABOUT HIM IS BETTER FOR OUR NATION. >>Reporter: WHEN YOU FINALLY GED TO GO HOME, WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU’RE GOING TO DO?>>I DON’T KNOW. HUG MY WIFE AND MY KIDS AND TELL THEM THAT DADDY’S HOME. IT MAKES YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU’RE FIGHTING FOR.>>Reporter: WHAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE FIGHTING FOR IS NOTHING SHORT OF EXCEPTIONAL. AS FOR MY FRIENDS, SINCE THE SEVENTH GRADE — >>SO YOU HAVE A SAFE TRIP BACK. OKAY? THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE SAILORS THAT GOT TO SEE YOU AND MEET YOU. TELL EVERYBODY HOW WE’RE DOING BACK HOME. WE’LL BE HOME SOON. OKAY?>>THANK YOU.>>NO PROBLEM. NO PROBLEM.>>Reporter: SAYING GOOD-BYE WASN’T EASY. BUT NOW, MORE THAN EVER, I UNDERSTAND WHY HE DOES WHAT HE SAYS HE NEEDS TO DO. GIVE ME A MINUTE. I AM SO GRATEFUL. I AM CHANGED FROM BEING THERE AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE NAVY AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND WHO IS WATCHING FROM THE PERSIAN GULF CALLED THE SAILORS. THANK YOU. AND BEFORE I LET YOU GO, I ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE MESSAGES FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND HERE THEY ARE.>>TO MY WIFE ERICA, I LOVE YOU. MY DOG ASHER, I LOVE HIM, TOO. AND CHICAGO AND JERSEY, YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST PEOPLE EVER. I LOVE YOU GUYS.>>MY SON, I MISS YOU, MOM AND DAD, BROTHER AND SISTERS, I LOVE YOU GUYS. CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME TO SEE YOU GUYS. >>TO EVERYBODY BACK HOME, I LOVE YOU, I MISS YOU, I WILL BE BACK AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU GUYS.>>TO MY HUSBAND KEITH AND MY DAUGHTER, I LOVE YOU GUYS. I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND TO MY PARENTS AND THE REST OF MY FAMILY, WE’RE WELL OVER HALFWAY DONE, READY TO GET BACK. THANKS FOR HOLDING EVERYTHING DOWN BACK THERE. LOVE YOU GUYS.>>I’M SURE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MISS YOU VERY MUCH. THEY HAVE BEEN ON DEPLOYMENT NOW FOR FIVE MONTHS. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HOME IN JUNE AND RASHAD, YOU WANT TO GO TO THE BRAVES AND METS GAME HERE IN NEW YORK. I’M GOING TO WORK ON MAKING THAT

100 thoughts on “Exclusive: Life aboard a U.S. Navy missile cruiser

  1. Hooah! From this soldier to all deployed Seamen, Airmen, Grunts and even the Coast Guard…ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!!! Friendship last beyond this lifetime / removes barriers of inequalities/ forges families together and stretches beyond boarders. This is a good example of such…

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  3. If they not defeated an enemies enemies will destroy the home land so has to work hard for their home land.

  4. What's wrong to all of you guys who thumbs down. Those guys doing sacrifice to their country. Just like other Nations to served their country well. Good luck and God bless you all. Thank you madam. God bless

  5. As to any military personnel and sailors in the world, my respect, but those one does not need to be so far from home, not need to be in Persian Gulf, there is not home, there is no threats.

  6. complete bullshit, i respect those men i truly do, but bombing fathers in irak and syria will only make their son eager to retaliate, it's an endless cycle, so no they are not doing it for the people, they are doing it to serve their government's interest

  7. CNN is like a lyin little kid that needs its ass whooped. Don’t report on my Navy when you can’t tell the truth about anything else. Fuck you

  8. :43 WHAT War are you fight in exactly? "War on Terrorism" isn't a war. you cant "go to war" with terrorism. All we did was invade Iraq and try forcing it to be democratic. it backfired and hundreds of soldiers paid the price. The Capitan sleeps in a 150sq foot bedroom, while the crew sleep on a 5×3 bed and have about 6 inches above their head. lovely. 1:04 all black family photo yet magically he has all white grandchildren. um ok. I may not know DNA but im sure that's not how it works. you can just make yourself a race your parents aren't lol.

  9. do your crying off the ship they don't need there minds at home they need too be fully there in the moment maybe you don't understand but you should. You can't be emotional in war save that for at home as a Doctor or a RN or EMT and your cops ect. all jobs you can't be Emotional at the time the Emotion comes up. keep up the fight home is just a RR away

  10. It’s just amazing to see all of the “she wants him” comments. Brooke is a happily married newlywed. After 400 years black men and white women in close proximity still freaks people in America out and gets tongues wagging and raises blood pressures

  11. List of bloody stupid comments, by people that never wore their country's uniform, being Ex Royal Navy I find it disrespectful, get of you ass and serve.

  12. Those 2 women on the ship look like a 4 out of 10, after several months at sea they look like a 10 out of 10

  13. Staged shit. this is pathetic but then again it's CNN. The Communist News Network… Or is it the Clinton News Network. It does not fit but they were certainly the 'Suck Obama's Cock Network' 🙂

  14. 2:08 Why does CNN have to make out "missiles can hit targets in Syria & Iraq" as if these places deserve it? They are not our enemies, they've never attacked the US, nor threatened it, no single Iraqi or Syrian official or civilian (let alone affiliated terrorist) has carried out any sabotage or act against the US. Can CNN please not create enemies for the sake of proving the technical prowess of American arms & weapons? The media is very complicit in creating useless wars.

  15. The pictures he keeps up full time are framed. Her pic wasn’t in a frame. Clearly he dug it out of his files the day before and leaned it against the wall for her benefit.

  16. The United States military the most powerful force on the planet, thank you to all of you, while you serve our country, completely voluntarily, away from your families, always in harms danger, to protect us from the bad guys. No words can say thank you
    Corporal U.S.M.C 1985

  17. 1:26 ensures the safety of milions back home….yes camel riding Mahmud is a threat to USA…at some point you gotta wonder are they stupid and acutally belive that or are the instructed to say that bullshit enough times so after a while ppl start beliving ? 😀

  18. Why was she so flirty and slutty with how she acted? She dressed provocative with that button up shirt and spreading her arms on purpose.. This is why everyone hates CNN.. Just do the damn story and stop baiting for some kind of emotion. I feel sorry for the crew for having to deal with her..

  19. Amazing acting, she should win an Oscar. This video looks like a propaganda, and I hope they don’t attack Iran and start another war. We simply can’t afford it, and if Israel and Saudi Arabia have a problem with Iran, they should go to war. US, Europe, Asia and Australia have no problem with Iran. Israel should Grow a pair and fight their own wars, cowards!!!

  20. Yes its soooooo important a female leave her family and set a gender example in the US Navy LOL. God help us if we ever fight a real conventional war again. The enemy doesnt give a flying shit about gender example

  21. Aaah the Memories! USS Anzio was being built when my USS Vicksburg CG-69 was also being built. Navy life is hard at times and we do as we are professionally trained to do "Protect America" first and yes! It's a volunteer thing but that's bc we Love America. Thank You to all US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, US Marines & US Coast Guard personnel getting the job done. To your Honorable Service, I Salute each one of you. USN/USNR IT1 (Ret)👊🏾👊🏾⚓💙🇺🇸💙⚓

  22. From a SR to a RM2 and 8 yrs active duty man this brought back a lot of memories..they use say a happy sailor. .was a bitchin' sailor..meaning you're active..aware and involved in your surroundings. .I bitched my share..as we all did..go big blue..go US Navy..!!!!

  23. Wow these comments are terrible. This is the only thing that CNN has put out that I've actually enjoyed in the past 5 years …. oh and maybe some Fareed.

  24. Trust me, every military person have cried in the showers more than once. It's very tough being deployed overseas, yet we signed up for the fight too.

    I didn't serve US, but it's the same for other military's members abroad. Happy I lay safe at night knowing you guys got our six 24/7/365. Most Americans don't give it a second thought, yet the day will come. I truly believe that warfare will be upon US soil at some point in time in our future. Can you imagine how many will absolutely shocked as will they run n hide. That's one reason we will never give up our arms. Our world is changing quickly n for the worst imho. Stay safe brothers n sisters. I am very thankful for your commitment n service.

  25. How can you trust CNN when they hate America the American people our military our president our patriotism they want socialism CNN protects antifa not the American servicemen our servicemen are to protect this nation buy land, sea, and air, including the United States southern border,

  26. None of this is about people serving their country, it’s CNN shouting at everyone saying ‘see, black people and women serve just as effectively’ and what’s annoying about this is they think that they need to tell us that. I couldn’t care what sex or colour anyone is, all of these men and women are heroes.

  27. I came here to see a ship fire weapons and how it operates but no, all I heard in this video is fear and relationships.

  28. I’m surprises CNN even did a review about our glorious military. For such a news station that despise America I’m shocked the navy let these people onboard

  29. note what he says about keeping millions safe ! so sad that our young people are so brain washed to this point that all they care about is wining , fighting , killing becomes a culture or way of american way of life …..

  30. Brittish navys crew and experience blows the U.S navy out of the water. Literally lol.

    It's a good thing we are allies tho because u can benefit from our expertise.

    U may have more ships than we do, but we make ours count. Quality over quantity.

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