Broker Aaron Gazes Boards the USS Carl Vinson’s “Tiger Cruise” for Civilian Travel

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the US Navy? Well, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker Aaron Gazes got a taste of naval life when he boarded the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, for a week-long civilian “Tiger Cruise” to accompany his brother, a member of the ship’s navigation department. Also on board was mother Kim Gazes, a member of the Bainbridge Island Office team. On these cruises, civilians, are known as “tigers” while on board, and are given a one-of-a-kind opportunity to eat, sleep, and breathe just like the Navy.

The ship had previously been on a ten month deployment in the Persian Gulf, where it was operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of Operations, to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. While on the ship, the “tigers” were given daily tours and gun demonstrations, witnessed two airshows, had an unforgettable movie night in the hangar bay, and enjoyed endless sunsets in the vast Pacific Ocean. And in a military never short on action, “tigers” also witnessed a shocking event, as the crew of the USS Carl Vinson rescued a 70-year-old man who had been sailing across the Pacific Ocean by himself. Read NBC’s coverage here >>>.

After seven days of sea life, when the “tigers” and the crew arrived back in San Diego, the boat was welcomed by thousands of eager family and friends, grateful to see the USS Carl Vinson home after ten long months out on the open sea. Aaron tells RSIR that his time as a “tiger” was “one of the best experiences of my life. If it wasn’t for these tremendous soldiers and pilots, our Nation wouldn’t be protected. And despite the mentally draining nature of the job, these service men and women are truly world class because failure is not an option. This experience elevated my appreciation for those who serve our country to an ultimate high and gave me a truly unforgettable experience.”

And one of his favorite moments while on board? Seeing the spirit of USS Carl Vinson’s Twelves as they sported their Seahawks gear and expressed anticipation over another set of champions who will return in full force come September!

The Twelves of the USS Carl Vinson

The Twelves of the USS Carl Vinson