The Navy holds seminars to help the crew adjust to home life after six months at sea; and family members of some sailors and marines take part in the "Tiger Cruise," which brings them aboard for the final leg of the cruise (from Hawaii to San Diego).
The last day in the Persian Gulf finds the pilots returning from their missions without dropping bombs. Later, the entire crew takes part in a ceremony when USS Nimitz crosses the equator; and the ship is rocked by a storm in the South Indian Ocean.
Two months into the mission, crew members find that every day seems much like the day before. A port call to Bahrain, however, provides some relief, as some sailors enjoy themselves at a pool and others learn about Islamic culture.
The USS Nimitz arrives in the Persian Gulf, where the F/A-18 pilots fly six-hour missions in support of ground forces. Meanwhile, the strike group intercepts cargo ships and small dhows and searches them for terrorists, weapons and bombmaking materials.
The classified side of life aboard the USS Nimitz, whose itinerary and location are secret, is explored. Included: an informal "don't ask, don't tell" policy shields male and female crew members involved in relationships.
On-board communities, including "shooters," who give the signals to launch the aircraft; "ordies" (ordnance personnel); and F/A-18 Hornet pilots, who fly with the Black Aces, Hoboes, and the Marines' Red Devils.
The crew members leave their families and other loved ones behind when the USS Nimitz sails from Coronado, Cal. Included: the reactions of some personnel to the mission; a cook responsible for 15,000 meals a day; a pilot who learns his girlfriend is pregnant.