Photos: Life on board an American aircraft carrier off the coast of Iran

When the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis returns to the placid blue waters of the Gulf with her strike force of 70 jets in the next few days, she will be ready for action off the coast of Iran.

USS John C Stennis CVN-74 Aircraft Carrier

F-18's

F-18 Super Hornets take off for their missions

Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker

Staff on the Bridge

The Flight control room

Air crew for a Hawkeye making sure the  aircraft is ready for take off

F-18 Super Hornets take off for their missions

Crew of a C-2A Greyhound preparing to land on the carrier

RAS or Replenishment at Sea with oil and supplies

Supplies including fresh fruit in the hangar after RAS or Replenishment at Sea

Ship's crew sitting down to food

Hangar Personnel relax with a guitar

Flight and Hangar Deck personnel making sure the  aircraft are ready for take off

Flight and Hangar Deck personnel

Flight and hangar deck personnel wait for aircraft to land

Aircraft parked on deck

F-18 Super Hornets take off for their missions

Flight and Deck personnel prepare F-18 Super Hornets for take off as the sun sets

By The Telegraph