A couple of days ago I put up a video showing flight operations aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Here's another video clip from the same source, concentrating on the ship rather than its aircraft. It's worth watching in full-screen mode.
Impressive stuff. I haven't had the privilege of being aboard an aircraft carrier during flight operations (only during port visits), but I imagine it's as specialized (and sometimes as dangerous) as military service gets, in its own way.