USS Ronald Reagan Begins
Flight Deck Certification
June 4, 2010 - USS
Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 Sailors
departed Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in
The first CVW 14 aircraft to land on Ronald Reagan's flight deck were the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4.
Other embarked squadrons include the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, the "Argonauts" of VFA 147, the "Black Knights" of VFA 154, the "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 and the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Squadron (VRC) 30.
arrival marked the first flight operation since Ronald Reagan returned
to NASNI following its 2009 deployment in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. "It's good to walk before you run," said Aviation Boatswain's
Mate (Handling) 1st Class Daniel Estrada, a member of Ronald Reagan's
flight deck crew. "We haven't had any aircraft on board since the
October (2009) time frame. In order to get through flight deck
certifications, we have to get back into the swing of things. This
certification allows us to get back to the basics and get our minds set
right for sea."
As part of the
ship's final assessment for carrier qualifications, flight deck
certifications are required for the ship to deploy. Evaluators from
Naval Air Forces Pacific came aboard to review and evaluate the ship's
ability to perform flight operations safely. The review includes tests
on the arresting gear systems used for aircraft recovery as well as
catapult systems that launch aircraft.
will include a full evaluation of the arresting gear, catapults and
flight deck personnel. Ronald Reagan's air department Sailors will be
assessed on their ability to maintain a fully operational flight deck
and respond to simulated mishaps.
Experience is the key to success, said Lt. David Martinez, Ronald
Reagan's flight deck officer. The challenge for Ronald Reagan is to
successfully incorporate more than 250 new Sailors into the air
department who were not aboard the last time aircraft were launched from
the ship's flight deck.
Experience is the key to success, said Lt. David Martinez, Ronald Reagan's flight deck officer. The challenge for Ronald Reagan is to successfully incorporate more than 250 new Sailors into the air department who were not aboard the last time aircraft were launched from the ship's flight deck.
prepared for success; we're true professionals," said Lt. David
Martinez. "We have a core group of seasoned veterans. We've added more
experience to our team; even our new guys came from USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
and USS Kitty Hawk (CVN 63). So we think our team is even stronger."
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