The miniseries in ten parts is directed by Maro Chermayeff, and produced by Chermayeff, Pamela Yates, Matthew Akers, Josh Bennett, Deborah Dickson, and Jeff Dupre. The executive producers were Chermayeff, Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey and Nancy Cotton, for Icon Productions and Carrier Project Production. The film first aired two hours each night from April 27 through May 1, 2008, on the television network PBS. Seventeen filmmakers shot 1,600 hours of film for the series.
It follows the deployment, from May 7, 2005 to November 8, 2005 of the supercarrier , along with Carrier Air Wing Eleven, from her home port at North Island, in Coronado, California to the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and includes extensive footage shot aboard, as well as interviews with many of the crew about their various experiences, as well as their own personal concerns and fears. Along the way to the Persian Gulf and back she makes stops in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Guam, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, and Perth.