Ship's Fantail

The back end of the ship on the hangar deck level is known as the fantail. Two ladders (stairs) lead down to the floating platform behind the ship where the liberty boats will ferry passengers to shore. The yellow stripe on the back of the ship lines up with the angled centerline of the flight deck landing area. The lights on the stripe are used to guide pilots to safe arrested landings.

Ship's Fantail

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