SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The USS Ronald Reagan is headed to the San Diego area after leaving Santa Barbara Monday afternoon.

The aircraft carrier stayed in Santa Barbara for a four day visit.

"If you took the Ronald Reagan or any Nimitz aircraft carrier and you stood her up on her end, she is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall," said Ensign Joe Pfaff.

The ship is a floating city that can house more than 4,000 sailors and carry 80 jets and helicopters.

"This is hangar bay 3 and I had good friend describe it as the ultimate man's garage because this is where we work on all of our aircraft," said Chief Terry Feeny.

To get the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck, giant elevators are used. But to get to the bridge of the ship, sailors and visitors have to take the stairs.

"This is where all the action takes place so I'm pretty fortunate to be apart of that," said Quartermaster Jensen Lewis.

On the bridge when the F-18s are on board, the jets can be seen taking off from the deck at 120 MPH in just 2.3 seconds.

"It's breathtaking, it really is. It's incredible. I think I have one of the best jobs in the world, not just in the Navy. Because this is my office," said Senior Chief Jamie Kuroski.

Even after 19 years in the Navy, Kuroski said doing his job never gets old.

The rest of the sailors also enjoyed showing off their ship as it was in Santa Barbara.

Slideshow: Locals Tour USS Ronald Reagan In Santa Barbara

POSTED: 06:27 PM PDT Jun 02, 2014    UPDATED: 06:35 PM PDT Jun 02, 2014 
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The USS Ronald Reagan is headed to the San Diego area after leaving Santa Barbara Monday afternoon.

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