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now suffering from an extreme case of vertigo. and departed VFR at 0815. allowing him to take an immediate turn downwind and a four-mile hook was a bad call. The jet hit 10 feet down the round down. About 15 miles out. The pilot ejected as the jet departed the runway. Prior to launch. think very carefully before you take your next step.7F about nighttime substituting for instrument time. The pilot conducted a preflight and completed a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan to his ultimate destination with a fuel stop en route. and arrived back at the field at 0710. tearing off 15 feet of the tail boom. The uninjured crew left the aircraft as Summer 2010 a small fire developed in the aft section. it was sheer stupidity—of the highest order—to attempt this flight VFR. The aircraft gained a five-toten knot aft motion and hit the trees. which culminated in an excessive sink rate close to the ramp. The lieutenant and crew member manned the aircraft. The pilot flew a below-average instrument approach and showed up on the ball with his wingtip lights extremely dim. The airport manager estimated the weather at the field as 200 feet scattered. Following the visit and six hours’ sleep. on centerline. The pilot. Knock It Off Grampaw Pettibone said: Dad blasted! In spite of all the “tales of woe” we have seen about aviators trying to sneak under the weather—they are still doing it! With the type of weather existing and forecast. Ol’ Gramps realizes that mistakes happen. his unit issued him an instrument card—when he hadn’t met even the minimums. the jet was destroyed. it developed an uncontrollable right drift. The officer reported this to the pilots. and one-to-two miles’ visibility. and we lost a jet and durn near lost one of our finest as a result! This wee lad was set up for failure from the get go. Think about the example you are setting and what can go wrong. 6 Naval Aviation News 7 . He immediately initiated a high flare. One of the hardest parts about being a leader is making the right call when it goes contrary to getting the job done. The LSO activated the wave-off lights less than two seconds prior to the jet striking the ramp. Would You Believe VFR? The lieutenant ferry pilot was delivering a UH-1N Huey from NAS Midwest to NAS Atlantic Coast. What’s more. At 200 feet. An outside witness notified the local fire department. and every aviator should have more—but at least that! There were just too many things wrong with this whole fiasco. The pilot performed a straight landing to the left side of the runway in accordance with NATOPS. conducted pre-takeoff checks. who later reported that he was feeling “a little exhausted. When he arrived at the home field. but they elected to launch and no one stopped them. attempting to regain VFR conditions. He should have had CATCC pull the jet off the approach. There was a five-degree disparity between the pilot and copilot attitude gyro. Gramps has some whittlin’ he needs to finish. another pilot joined on him to assess the damage. the nugget dumped fuel to max trap weight. (Sounds like a supervisory problem. made two configuration changes. with both main mounts below the edge of the flight deck. We got a flight lead who set a poor example by violating squadron procedures and allowing his wet-behind-the-ears wingie to do the same. The pilot reported to the carrier air traffic control center that he was ready for a turn downwind. Goes to show ya. Someone should have called “knock it off!” on this one. so he decided to stay overnight at a civilian field. When they launched. by contacting the flight service station approximately 35 miles away. this lad. another low cloud layer appeared. with light rain and fog. Between that turn and the four-nautical-mile turn to final. We got an officer in charge who doesn’t seem to realize what bein’ in charge is all about. The pilot sustained major injuries. The pilot executed bolter procedures and was instructed to divert to his home field. but nothing bakes my beans like a willful disregard of the rules. he and his enlisted crew member arose at 0630.) And one gent tried to alibi that by pointing out the number of night helo combat hours the pilot had! I sure don’t remember anything in 3710. The officer in charge and lead never should have let him go flying. Unfortunately. In addition. the pilot. He obtained his weather brief. visibility one mile. The right main landing gear and tailhook were damaged by the impact. Our nugget was fatigued and in over his head. Kids. Make a circle kids and lets learn today’s lesson: When you are close to the line on a rule. in light rain and fog. but was unable to reach him. Both pilots violated the squadron standard operating procedures on both counts. Now you kids skeedaddle. at the carrier air traffic control center’s (CATCC) request. the pilot spotted a low cloud layer and descended to 300 feet above ground level to stay VFR. The crew member saw that the aircraft was rapidly approaching the trees and told the pilot of the impending ground contact.) The poorest weather forecast for the route was for a station 20 miles away that was forecasting 800 feet overcast. knowin’ that he was going to be flyin’ at minimum altitude on this trip.. and the pilot descended to 200 feet and slowed to 80 knots. The right main landing gear wheel and tire were canted 45 degrees inboard.7F is a minimum. and. After passing under the clouds he climbed to 500 feet again.. cycled his Mode “C” twice. occasionally 400 overcast. experience often comes from bad judgment. the pilot and crew member were examined at a local hospital and released. visibility two miles. A nugget who had only been in the squadron five weeks launched at approximately 0130 on his third flight of the day. the helo entered instrument flight rules conditions. (This was substantiated by a pilot report ten minutes after the Huey took off. the det. descended again. fix his lights.” flew a poor final approach. At this time. a phone call home revealed a close relative was in the hospital. ate breakfast. officer in charge tried to contact the squadron commanding officer for a waiver for the pilots. which significantly degraded the landing signal officer’s (LSO) depth perception. During one of his en route stops. Accidents don’t just happen. 400 feet broken. The Huey climbed to 500 feet on an easterly heading. which decreased his forward speed. Several people involved with this one deliberately ignored a host of standard procedures. and we got paddles back there on his platform who is willing to wave a jet he can barely see. but the hook point broke. they are caused! A fleet F/A-18 Hornet squadron sent a detachment to sea for carrier quals. both the mishap pilot and his lead were on their third flight of the day and more than 12 hours crew day. and try again. That goofy light set up made it perty near impossible for paddles to figure out where that jet was heading. As the jet slowed. didn’t even bother to write down the terrain heights or clearances on his preflight card! I don’t believe it!! This pilot’s instrument experience compares with the least I’ve ever seen for a gent of his seniority level! To top it off. When approximately ten miles out. Grampaw Pettibone says: Good judgment comes from experience. The instrument time require in OpNavInst 3710.Grampaw Pettibone Illustrations by Gramps from Yesteryear. The hook engaged the three wire. via the radio of a Cessna 150 on the deck.
assigned to VX-20. On 15 April. Babb Fire Scout Makes Catch on First Deployment Poseidon Arrives at Pax The first test P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft arrived at NAS Patuxent River on 10 April. where it awaits final disposal. King Air Roll Out On 18 May. Col. Six modified King Air 350 turboprops (military designation UC-12W Huron) will replace the Marine Corps’ six current UC-12 operational support airlift aircraft. where it began flight testing in October 2009. A second test aircraft arrived on 19 June. The biofuel is made with camelina. (Photo by Liz Goettee) 9 . (Photo by MCCS Melissa Weatherspoon) 8 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 The “Green Hornet” conducts its supersonic test flight over NAS Patuxent River. Matt Kelly climbed to 30. The aircraft took off and flew at greater than the speed of sound above NAS Patuxent River. a oil-producing plant native to Eurasia that can be grown on marginal lands and does not compete with food crops. The first of the “super carriers.000 feet and accelerated to Mach 1.” an F/A-18F Super Hornet powered by a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and biofuel. The Navy celebrated Earth Day on 22 April with a supersonic test flight of the “Green Hornet. rolled out the first special mission King Air 350 for the Marine Corps at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. After three hours of surveillance. the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short takeoff/ vertical landing variant flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time.S. The decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-USS Forrestal departs Naval Station Newport for a three-day cruise to Philadelphia. The ship was offered as a possible museum. (Photo by MC2 Alan Gragg) The new P-8A Poseidon receives an escort to NAS Patuxent River. “Green Hornet” Makes Historic Flight F-35B Goes Supersonic On 10 June. and was the aircraft’s 30th test flight overall. the decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-USS Forrestal (CVA/CV/AVT 59) departed Naval Station Newport for a three-day cruise to Philadelphia. and was in service for more than 38 years. While deployed with 4th Fleet. the unmanned aircraft assisted with counter-narcotics operations. (Boeing) The “Green Hornet” received a 50/50 blend of biofuel and conventional fuel. It was the first in a series of planned supersonic test flights. but the Navy failed to receive any viable proposals and took the Forrestal off donation hold. The aircraft.” the 60. U.07 (727 miles per hour) in the off-shore supersonic test track near NAS Patuxent River. Kansas. The F-35B went supersonic for the first time on 10 June.Airscoop Edited by Colin E. McInerney launched one of its two embarked Fire Scouts to test different functions and settings when the aircraft acquired a suspected narcotics “go-fast” vessel. arrived from Boeing’s Seattle. (Lockheed Martin) MQ-8B Fire Scout hovers over McInerney’s flight deck.. Navy and Coast Guard personnel seized approximately 60 kilos of cocaine. Wash. the MQ-8B Fire Scout returned to NAS Mayport from a six-month deployment aboard USS McInerney (FFG 8). Marine Corps pilot Lt. facilities. (Photo by Liz Goettee) Forrestal Is Towed to Meet Destiny On 15 June. The vessel will be sunk as a target or used to create an artificial reef. Hawker Beechcraft Corp.000-ton Forrestal was commissioned on 29 September 1955.
Fire trucks spray a bridge of water over two T-6B training aircraft to celebrate their arrival. Both pilots ejected safely and were rescued by the Coast Guard.5 miles off the coast of Matagorda Island. Helena Island. a T-34C Turbomentor assigned to VT-28 of TW-4 based out of NAS Corpus Christi. On 29 October 2009. a T-39N Sabreliner crashed near Ellijay. both with MAG-39 and I MEF. The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of both pilots. Ga. The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. W. Women Aviators Take Command On 29 July. Rear Adm. Gary Roughead announced the selection at the 23rd annual Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington. and is likely to join the unit first as deputy CAG in September 2011 and then assume command 12 to 18 months later. Calif. Michael Perkins to complete the inaugural flight. Nora Tyson assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 2 aboard USS George H.First Student Trains with T-6B The first student naval aviator to train in the T-6B Texan II took flight at NAS Whiting Field on 18 May. The aircraft will be used to replace the venerable T-34C Turbo Mentor plane in flight training for student pilots. Ensign Christopher D. On 10 June. a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra with MAG-39 based at Camp Pendleton. All nine crew members of the two aircraft perished. TW-5 anticipates a complete transition at NAS Whiting Field by 2015. assigned to VT-3 and TW-5. Bush (CVN 77). The body of the instructor pilot was recovered on 27 January. The aircraft was assigned to VT-6 with TW-5 at NAS Whiting Field. a Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet assigned to VMFA-222 developed a dual-engine fire and crashed in the Atlantic approximately 30 miles east of St. On 12 April. Rear Adm. Nate Christensen. Calif. CNO Adm. Farkas. Texas. On 28 October 2009. an AH-1 Cobra assigned to HMLA367 and a UH-1 Huey assigned to HMLA-169. an MH-60S Nighthawk assigned to HSC26 based at NAS Norfolk crashed on the side of a mountain in West Virginia in more than four feet of snow. The T-6B Texan II is replacing its long time predecessor the T-34C Turbomentor. On 18 February. a T-34 Turbomaster went down in Lake Pontchartrain while on approach to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. The helicopter was participating in Operation Southern Trooper. (Photo by Jay Cope) Mishaps On 26 October 2009. an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-121 on USS Dwight D. The pilot was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. according to Navy spokesman Lt. Navy Times reported that Capt. Both aircraft are assigned to VFA-137 based at NAS Lemoore. The student pilot survived and was Naval Aviation News treated for moderate injuries. On 23 January. teamed with Marine Corps instructor pilot Capt. D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed in the North Arabian Sea when returning from a mission over Afghanistan. Joyner is slated to command CVW-14. which is currently assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). an annual training exercise. On 10 March. the pilot managed to keep the aircraft aloft long enough for his three crewmen to bail out. The aircraft was assigned to VT-86 of TW-6 based out of NAS Pensacola. On 15 March. collided while on missions over the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan. Rescue crews recovered all four bodies from the crash. (Photo MC1 Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst) 10 11 . Nora Tyson is the first woman to command a carrier strike group. Four Marines were killed.. two single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft were involved in a mid-air collision while on a routine training mission flying in the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada. and two were wounded. On 3 June. went down approximately 1. She is the first woman to command a carrier strike group. All 17 crewmembers and passengers were rescued successfully. After losing oil pressure in the starboard engine. A Navy T-45C Goshawk training jet assigned to TW-2 ran off the end of the runway at NAS Kingsville. Summer 2010 On 31 March. Sara Joyner was selected to be the Navy’s first woman carrier air group commander. Neither pilot was injured. collided with a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules off the coast of San Clemente Island. and was conducting a routine cross-country training mission.C.
Paul Clarkson. A composite squadron was built around the CH-53E and its heavy-lift capabilities: Marines from HMH-461 and HMLA-467 embarked eight CH-53Es. “Big Iron” transported palletized cargo that included water. In addition. and treated nearly 10.000 dead. the pilots and aircrews of HMH-461 (Rein) quickly realized they were operating in over-crowded and under-regulated airspace. and Marine Air Control Group 28 aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) to form HMH-461 (Reinforced) within 72 hours. Flight operations began on 18 January with the launch of a section of CH-53Es conducting a reconnaissance of Haiti’s devastation. II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) reformed the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with HMH-461 as the aviation combat element and ordered an immediate deployment to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. U. Both CH-53Es and UH-1Ns transported large numbers of medical professionals and aid workers to areas that were difficult to reach by ground because of Haiti’s damaged roads. Sean Salene. The vehicles proved to be valuable assets to military and civilian teams that were on the ground assessing the impact of the disaster and identifying areas in need of more aid. bringing chaos to what was already the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. Ironhorse Does the Heavy Lifting By Capt.000 maintenance man-hours on the aircraft to ensure all assets were available to support every mission. and consequent difficulties in coordinating different agencies. and was in keeping with the professionalism and proficiency the Marine Corps has come to expect from the “Big Iron. 2. More than 20 Navy vessels and scores of aircraft participated in the operation. military forces brought more than 17 million pounds of food.ThetoBig One: Naval Aviation Brings Relief Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince within days of the 12 January 2010 earthquake Effective crew resource management was critical in the dynamic flight environment in Haiti. The unit conducted a variety of missions throughout Operation Unified Response. Clarkson is the aviation safety officer for HMH-461. UH-1Ns and CH-53Es worked hand in hand throughout the operation. the squadron’s maintainers performed more than 7. and detachments from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29. commanding officer of HMH-461. HMH464 also provided two of the eight Super Stallions that comprised the aviation combat element. the squadron launched a division of CH-53Es and a section of UH-1Ns into an earthquake ravaged area. HMH-461 was the first East Coast CH-53 squadron to assume the command element of a composite squadron.000 and 1 million made I n the late afternoon of 12 January 2010.S. In total. assessing the damage and delivering much needed relief supplies. The following day. response to the disaster—entitled Operation Unified Response—by providing mobility to materiel and personnel that simply could not be moved any other way.000 pounds of relief supplies to Marines and aid workers on the ground for distribution. Naval Aviation played a crucial part the overall U. Naval Aviation News Marines assigned to 22nd MEU carry bottles of much-needed water onto a CH-53E Super Stallion with HMH-461. The demands of operating at high gross weights in the country’s sweltering heat called for weight and power numbers to be checked and rechecked constantly to ensure aircraft were operating within safe power margins. USMC n 12 January 2010 an earthquake devastated Haiti. moved almost 3. and medical supplies to people in need throughout Haiti. O The extremely brief period of mobilization and the nature of the mission presented Ironhorse Marines and Sailors of HMH-461 (Rein) with a tremendous challenge. The contribution HMH461 (Rein) made to Unified Response was significant: pilots and aircrews flew nearly 650 hours.the7. a shook Haiti. Col.the island nation of inhomeless—governments and organizations from around world sent aid. With the rapid influx of aid and military assets from around the world. MREs. more than 300. for nearly three months. and delivered more than 530. helping to maximize assistance by identifying tenable landing zones that could facilitate safe landings for CH-53Es where rotor wash would not harm people on the ground.S. (Photo by MC2 Julio Rivera) Summer 2010 13 12 . The Hueys provided vital aerial reconnaissance to leaders and planners. In response to the devastation—an estimated 230.” Capt.000 patients by the end of March 2010.6 million liters of water. The squadron was placed under the command of Lt.0-magnitude earthquakeinjured. In particular was the CH-53Es’ transport of special operations sport utility vehicles to more remote regions of the country. ensuring all missions were on time and successful. Maintainers and combat cargo loaders who internally loaded and unloaded five to six pallets per aircraft each time wheels hit the flight deck and the ramp came down on a Super Stallion.500 passengers. This situation required them to be at the top of their game every time they pulled power in their aircraft. Aircrews and maintainers excelled in employing and maintaining their aircraft during this intense operational tempo. Flight operations were continuous for HMH-461 (Rein) until the end of March. The next day. Marine Wing Support Squadron 272. The success of this mission also signified a historic deployment for the heavy lift community. four UH-1Ns. The performance of the Marines and Sailors of HMH-461 (Rein) was nothing short of spectacular. every day.
USN he earthquake that struck Port-Au-Prince brought a new mission to HSL-46 Det. and medical supplies were dispensed around the earthquakedamaged zone. Subsequent missions included numerous medevac flights. the maintenance side of the house was hard at work stripping the aircraft of all non-essential equipment to maximize space available for transport. (Photo by MC2 Jason R.000 passengers. and really made it all possible. and even a few “angel” flights. medical supplies. The crew was able to move a safe distance away and unload their supplies. Robert C. I directed that extensive training be conducted in all areas we might expect to be tasked. “even as a young helicopter aircraft commander. and deliver that person wherever a bed was available. During the transit. The group departed Haiti on 7 February having transported more than 55. That evening.000 pounds of food. troop transport. 14 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 15 . the commanding officer of VMM-162 (Rein). food. and how to find the LZs being used. Most often that meant USNS Comfort (T AH 20). and more than 90. exercised effective operational risk management and executed flawlessly. 14.5 million pounds of relief supplies to the Haitian people between January and the end of March. all the LZs were in the Port-Au-Prince area. UH-1N Huey. Cmdr. The first day included a lot of troop transport and food and water delivery. Col. This aircraft provides a lot of depth as an [MEU] aviation element. Most of the air crew had little or no experience with humanitarian assistance or disaster relief missions. medical supplies. 416 military and media members and other passengers. of food. and only the officer in charge had more than one deployment as an aviator. “It was an honor to be there and exciting to make basic on-site risk management decisions. and Clippers Contribute In addition to the many Navy and Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft that deployed for Operation Unified Response. Initially. more food and water distribution. we received a quick brief from CVW-17 on how operations were being conducted. which consists of six pilots and three air crew members. The following morning the first crew headed to downtown Port-Au-Prince to begin the humanitarian mission. The end helo would be loaded and sent out. a hospital 45 minutes to the north. Just two days after the quake. Sherrill. Michael Balz) MV-22s with VMM-162 aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4) were the first Ospreys to use their unique capabilities in disaster relief missions. if it was full. this was a very motivating way to start our flying careers. but occasionally we were assigned other LZs to work. it was usually a medevac mission. where C-2As and other aircraft transshipped the supplies to Port-au-Prince airport. despite dynamic and challenging situations. would take our patients. and the first tilt-rotor aircraft to participate in humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Medical and dental personnel from the 24th MEU treated more than 100 Haitians on the island of Gonave. we were brought home in early February.” A Whole New Experience By Lt. Reserve C-40A Clippers and other logistics support aircraft transported nearly 2. the most important thing that we all took from this was the knowledge that our actions in Haiti will impact that country for years to come. Navy aircraft and helos flew more than 4. 3’s Screamin’ Seagulls. We would report to an LZ. Lt. In at least one instance. and 16 Haitian earthquake victims were treated aboard shipboard medical facilities. the 24th MEU’s air combat element (VMM162 [Rein]) included 12 MV-22 Ospreys alongside its usual complement of CH-53E Super Stallion. Hawkeyes.Osprey Provides a New Tool During its deployment to Haiti aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4).600 liters of water. but many waivers were in place and up to eight troops with full gear were transported along with two air crew member to aid with confined-area operations. Michael Hansen. At times. Aircraft initially conducted operations by calling an overhead E-2C for tasking while inbound. Zalasky) The Nassau Amphibious Ready Group. and go farther than its predecessor and other similar aircraft. they’re faster. The ground troops stationed at the airport were quite efficient as they staged supplies and lined up the helos. we found out that the work up we were scheduled to be part of the following week now was going to be a disaster relief mission starting sooner. in which expired patients were returned home for burial. From there. survey flights. mountain flying. Despite the news cameras and happy families waiting for us at home. If we reported to the airport. I could not have been more pleased with the way all members of the detachment stepped up. we launched an aircraft to survey the area and find the landing zones (LZs) discussed in the brief. E-2C Hawkeyes from VAW-125. or water. the Seagulls flew 146 hours over a period of less than three weeks transporting 107 medevacs. “The Ospreys provide a greater lift. While the air crew conducted training. E-2Cs from VAW-125 (below) based at Guantanamo Bay provided command-and-control support to Unified Response. one of our crews had to quickly depart an LZ before unloading their supplies as they were being rushed. pick up a patient. Greyhounds. Brian Mowry. 3. as det.” For many of us. water. food. whether it’s taking casualties back to the ship for medical attention or relaying supplies. water. manning. 3. they briefed the other air crew on what to expect. The crew of Normandy provided excellent support throughout. Hansen is the air boss for HSL-46 Det.’s eight pilots had never deployed as pilots. In the end. which also included USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS Ashland (LSD 48).” said Lt. we were loaded with troops. “Those characteristics are powerful in a situation when the time is of the essence. or even Sacred Heart.5 million pounds of cargo to Guantanamo Bay. An SH-60B can normally carry a maximum of two passengers along with one air crew member. and the next aircraft in line would reposition to the vacant loading spot to be supplied and tasked. The Ospreys were the first to serve with the 24th MEU. and other cargo.300 hours and transported nearly 4.000 lbs. and 1. Our instructions were to report to Port-Au-Prince airport for tasking. Once we arrived on station in Haiti.” said Lt. The day after the earthquake. but each day more zones were added that were further away. Altogether. adapted to the demands of the mission. LZs became unusable because of the Haitians gathering near them in anticipation of getting desperately needed food and water. and AH-1W helicopters. C-2A Greyhound aircraft from VRC-30 and -40. officer in charge. was diverted to Haiti on 19 January from its regularly scheduled deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. It was an honor to have taken part in this tremendous effort to bring assistance to the people of Haiti in their time of need. These were very different from the normal SH-60B mission of surface search and coordination. and sent out to an LZ. Bataan and Carl Vinson. Because of necessary preparations for the spring deployment of Normandy and Det. T On those occasions when the E-2C had other taskings for us. and aircraft from nearly every VR logistics support squadrons deployed to the Caribbean to provide command support and disaster relief supplies to the people of Haiti. we added two pilots and five air crew members to the normal det. Four of the det. We would fly into a grassy area beside the runway and jump in line. or the practical application of confined-area landings. The ship/air integration was terrific. When that crew returned. we found ourselves embarking on USS Normandy (CG 60) late on a Friday night for an early morning departure. Cmdr. Anticipating around-the-clock operations. but. C-2A Greyhounds VRC-40 (above) and VRC-30 were able to bring cargo to Carl Vinson and Port-au-Prince airport when larger aircraft had trouble landing. (Photos by MC2 Adrian White and Sgt.
” said ABFAN (AW) Ryan Multerer. I felt I saved that guy’s life that day. Matthew Martin.S. There were injured people on almost every helo that landed. leading chief of the air department aboard Bataan. the flight deck saw a flurry of activity—relief supplies began moving ashore and search-and-rescue helicopters returning from the newly established landing zones began touching down with Haitians in need of urgent medical care. Bataan helped the people of Haiti. and hospitals throughout Port-au-Prince. “They had 48 hours to prepare. and we were all motivated and excited for the mission. but none of that mattered because in the long run we were saving lives. quick. In many instances cargo would arrive aboard Bataan for further distribution to other ships in the areas of operations. at least 10 people a day flew in needing medical attention. In less than two days.Making a Lasting Impact By MCSN Erin L. Bataan’s aviation team continued to push toward mission success without complaint. 16 Naval Aviation News “It was ridiculously busy the first few days in Haiti. (Photo by MC1 Christina M. we wouldn’t be able to help out Haiti as much as we did. and on the flight deck and in the hangar bay. We made sure their families were taken care of. medically evacuated 97 patients to Bataan. 23 patients were medically evacuated to the ship’s hospital. two of the ship’s hottest spaces. many Haitians couldn’t be reached by ground forces.” said Carrington.” Even in January and March.” Carrington’s story was similar to that of all the leaders spread throughout the ship. one of Bataan’s tower operators. Because of the natural barriers created by the earthquake. was wrapping up post-deployment standdown leave. We had to transfer this one guy who wasn’t breathing onto a [helicopter] to get him over to the USNS Comfort. “Everyone had a hand in the loading and unloading of aircraft. Carrington. In those early stages of Operation Unified Response. The crew was weary and still rekindling relationships with family and friends.” Working alongside on the flight deck and hangar bay. The moment the shores of Haiti were in reach. began recalling Sailors and preparing them for Haiti. Shaw) Summer 2010 Seaman Boyce serves with Bataan’s public affairs department.000 liters of water. piece of equipment.” said Lt. Bataan’s combat cargo team accounted for and loaded every person. Boyce. Marines. so whenever it came time to help with the relief it came naturally to them.5 million pound of relief supplies. they had their Sailors and Marines prepared. the outcome could’ve been different. “It was very hot outside and the hours were very long. “We pulled our divisions together and told them to pack up and prepare for a three-month deployment. “It was helos in and out. Through nearly 2.” said Carrington.” said ABF Brandyi Phillips. “If we didn’t have [the Navy -53s and -60s]. USN As news channels across the nation announced the devastation delivered by the earthquake in Haiti.200 sorties and participated in several international naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. transporting people to medical. the ship and 22nd MEU delivered nearly 620. If we weren’t there in a quick fashion. and they made a lasting impact on an entire country. and provided transport for another 524 Haitian patients to and from Comfort.” Bataan’s flight deck remained open for business until 24 March. The clinic was set up by the U. So the Navy/Marine Corps team established nine landing zones. They couldn’t have known an earthquake would strike Haiti on 12 January. Bataan’s “Blue/Green Team” had aircraft overhead conducting aerial assessments. and embarked staff from USS Bataan.000 flight hours. temperatures in Haiti hovered well above 90 degrees. “The pilots and air crew from those squadrons were already trained. UH-1N Hueys. Carl Vinson. assigned to HSC-26. MEU. “We had to be on deck at 0500 every day till 1900 in the blazing heat. and the team did everything necessary to maintain a safe. “Even with vertical replenishments. but when Carrington heard news of the quake. she had a feeling Bataan would surge and the air department would play a major role. air department. The ship’s crew had flight quarters everyday for the past seven months [of deployment]. Just 28 days earlier. along with other air department leaders. Bataan and the 22nd MEU were on-station four days later with a complement of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft— MH-60S Knighthawks. everybody chipped in—ship’s crew. “The MH-60s and CH-53s had the ability to fly into landing zones and other remote locations that were hard for the ground support to reach because of the washed out roads or unserviceable docks or damaged airports. and every squadron involved in Operation Unified Response. The 22nd MEU and HSC-22 had completed 2. ABCM (AW/ SW) Peggy Carrington. But when it happened.” The ship departed mid-Atlantic waters on 14 January—48 hours after the earthquake shook Haiti’s capital city of Portau-Prince and outlying areas. and CH-53E Sea Dragons—tailored for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. and continuous flow. Carrington had congratulated her Sailors on a successful deployment. more than 4. helps a Haitian girl fill out her immunization card at a clinic in Grand Goave. Bataan’s assistant air officer. Haiti. 10 weeks after the ship arrived in Haiti. and the rotary-wing aircraft went to work.” said Multerer. that there were no issues. Public Health Service and Sailors. We issued camelbaks and the proper flight deck gear. AM2 Pierre Doreus. 17 . and we had no issues. and shipment of supplies that left the deck. jerseys of all colors. as Bataan pulled pierside to her homeport of Norfolk.
058 sorties over Afghanistan since Nimitz had arrived in the 5th area of operations on 18 September 2008. deployed from NB Kitsap to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Arabian Sea. at NAS Whidbey Island. “The Year in Review” chronicles the highlights of Naval Aviation accomplishments during 2009. to conduct counter-piracy operations. arrived at Lockheed Martin’s facility at Owego.Year in Review 2009 By Mark L. the year witnessed two extraordinary phenomena: an epidemic of piracy across the globe. challenging the resources of U. Evans and Dale J. Stolarski aval Aviation overcame enormous challenges in battle and against natural disasters during 2009. and narcotics traffickers while still providing humanitarian assistance to victims of natural disasters confirmed the value of Naval Aviation to national security. 13 The John C.000 and 41. The cruise included the maiden deployment of HSM-71.000 feet. Bailey) 19 . W. The service intends to procure 88 operational Growlers to replace EA-6B Prowlers. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group. Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) flew in increasingly diverse and difficult environments. The Navy accepted the final E-2C Hawkeye 2000.. 9 PP-3. In addition.S. the first operational squadron equipped with MH-60Rs. and acceptance sea trials from 7 to 10 April. had flown more than 2. Gordon With special assistance by Andrew R. Sailors and Marines adapted to these trials by integrating new theories and technologies. Navy signed a record of decision concerning the Mayport Homeporting Environmental Impact Statement. terrorists. 9 The Boxer (LHD 4) Amphibious Ready Group. The first of the P-8A Poseidons was rolled out. the first EA18G Growler maintenance trainer. is the U. W. Navy announced its decision to base P-8A Poseidons at NAS Jacksonville with a fleet replacement squadron. Ford (CVN 78). pirates. New weapons entered the Navy’s arsenal. and naval aircraft and vessels coordinated operations with allies to protect mariners and ensure the free international passage through the strategically vital area. W. deployed from NS San Diego to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Arabian Sea. Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 14 The Sailors aboard George H. The aircraft flew for the first time on 13 January. and bid farewell to its last H-3 Sea King. In addition to naval aircraft flying an average of 30 percent of coalition sorties over Afghanistan and supporting efforts to curtail the flow of illicit narcotics. The ship. and a virulent storm season in the Pacific. Bush was commissioned at NS Norfolk. The authorization affects all of the Super Hornets produced from Lot 22 and beyond—approximately 340 aircraft. The continued lack of law and order in Somalia bred an increase in pirate attacks around the Horn of Africa. The ship completed builder’s sea trials from 13 to 16 February. and F-35 Lightning IIs took to the sky during first flights. to begin the integration and final production process. commissioned on 10 January 2009. (Photo by MC2 Nathan A. with the 21 The Navy accepted the delivery of G4. and MCB Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay with three squadrons. Bush man the rails during the carrier’s builder trials in February 2009.S. N November 2008 Addenda 8 Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 was established at Manama. and prepared another when the keel was laid for Gerald R. A series of tropical storms and typhoons ravaged multiple countries across the Pacific Ocean. 4 The Navy certified F/A-18E/Fs to fly at altitudes between flight levels 29. 10 George H. Naval aircraft and ships rescued people trapped by the devastation who were otherwise inaccessible to relief workers on the ground. McKee and Ellen M. The group returned on 1 August.250 sorties during the deployment. periodic Detachments will operate periodically from NAS North Island. Bush (CVN 77) was commissioned. with CVW-9 embarked. The group returned on 10 July. N. Three UH-1Ys from the air combat element of the 13th MEU made the initial deployment of the Yankees. 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked. the first pilot production VH-71 Presidential He- JaNuar y 2 The 2009 licopter. Bahrain. The achievement of fighting insurgents. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier and the last of the Nimitz class.Y. The fleet gained a carrier as USS George H. embarked on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 18 5 The US 5th Fleet announced that aircraft from CVW-11. BuNo 166858. MV-22B Ospreys made their first deployment to Afghanistan. Aircraft from the wing flew more than 7. EA-18G Growlers and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes received approval to enter production. and allied forces. NAS Whidbey Island with four squadrons.
The forces involved in the rescue included amphibious assault ship Boxer and a ScanEagle UAS. returning to sea on 12 May. The Lightning II took off at 1129 and landed at 1244. but the ship repulsed the attackers. made its first flight at Fort Worth. Marques Jackson) 23 Dwight D. On 23 March. Calif. and others to NASA. embarked aboard Boxer.010 combat missions over Afghanistan—during the cruise. An (apparent) Iraqi surface-to-air missile shot down 403. 21 Following an environmental study. munications program office accepted the first modified E-6B Block 1 Mercury at the L-3 Integrated Systems Group facility at Waco. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group. Schirra Jr. the highest ranking naval prisoner held by the North Vietnamese. (Photo by Lt. Fla. of Marinette.600 sorties—including 2. Control. piloted by Speicher from VFA-81. John L.-flagged motor vessel Maersk Dwight D. 19 Maj. Winter announced the name of the third littoral combat ship as Fort Worth (LCS 3).. and held him hostage on the Maersk Alabama’s 28-foot lifeboat. had launched for a night strike over Iraq. embarked aboard USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Together with a conventional takeoff and landing F-35A. Bahrain. logging the 90th mission of the jet’s flight test program. 23 The Airborne Strategic Command. and a Spanish P-3M. An AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH1Y Huey. Michael S. Lightning IIs had logged a total of 84 flights. 6 Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Calif. 10 DoD announced that the final decision concerning the potential home porting of an aircraft carrier at NS Mayport would be made during the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. Capt. Eisenhower flies alongside an Air Force B-1B Lancer after a close air support mission over Afghanistan. Eisenhower launched its first sorties over Afghanistan during this deployment. USS Lake Erie (CG 70) had begun the installation of the subsequent spiral of the system. at Lockheed Martin’s facilities at Fort Worth. ployment to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and Arabian Gulf. the second short takeoff/vertical landing F-35B Lightning II. Aircraft from CVW-7 flew more than 4. an F/A-18C. The ship had relieved USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Walter M. Fifteen sailors aboard the submarine received minor injuries. pursued the suspects. Some of the Vikings were transferred to VX-30 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at Point Mugu. suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden. 16 The Navy accepted the delivery of amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. 24 USS Green Bay (LPD 20) was commissioned at Long Beach. periscope. the Navy changed the status of Capt. Stockdale (1923–2005). Kennedy Space Center. The ship had deployed on 8 September 2008. Texas.000 gallons of diesel fuel) and damaged the sail. in the Gulf of Oman. In addition. 29 A skiff 31 april Fe b r u a r y 21 The 8 Pirates briefly captured U. Naval Aviation News 18 Theodore Roosevelt returned to NS Norfolk from a de- 20 21 . deployed from NS Norfolk to the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas and Indian Ocean. Joseph T. 20 USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Hartford (SSN 768) collided in the Strait of Hormuz.implementing the service’s preferred alternative to homeport a single nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at NS Mayport. rescuing Phillips. Marinette Marine Corp. Two days later. Calif. BuNo 163484. Four suspected pirates in a skiff attempted to board Maersk Alabama again in early November. and port bow plane of Hartford. On 12 April. but the three surviving pirates kidnapped the vessel’s skipper. Bachmann was the first Marine to pilot AA-1. Aircraft 403. the service announced the signature of a record of decision concerning the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement. An F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Jolly Rogers of VFA-103 embarked aboard Dwight D. By 2010 the system had been installed in 18 ships. an SH-60B from Spanish frigate Victoria (F 82). and Com- 25 BF-2. casualty of Operation Desert Storm. The mission included the delivery of the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment to the International Space Station. the Navy also retired the last 10 active S-3Bs from fleet service. the Navy decided to continue the current level of training on the Southern California Range Complex.” On 17 January 1991. Pascagoula. James B. Both vessels made Al Manama.S. Miss. Three task forces representing seven nations. The 21 crew members recaptured their ship along with one of the pirates. Based on the study and the effectiveness of the measures in place. 12 Secretary of the Navy Winter announced the name of the fourth littoral combat ship as Coronado (LCS 4). 10 Following a review of additional information received since 1991. including Boxer. The submarine was repaired in the United States. The ship is named in honor of naval aviator and astronaut Capt. 15 Space shuttle STS-119 Discovery launched from pad 39A at John F. 31 During the deactivation of Sea Control Wing Atlantic and VS-22 at NAS Jacksonville. Texas. improving on board computing capabilities and including the Standard Missile-3 Block IB. carrying seven pirates attacked German oiler Spessart (A 1442) in the Gulf of Aden. San Diego. SEAL snipers on board destroyer Bainbridge (DDG 96) killed the pirates. Wis. 8 The Navy launched and christened the auxiliary dry cargo ship Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. The carrier’s aircraft had flown 3. The crew members included retired Naval Reserve Capt. 18 Destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) was commissioned at Port Hueneme.105 sorties over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. making Speicher the first U. At about 0430 Philippine-flagged motor vessel Bison Express sent a distress call concerning its apparent pursuit by a skiff containing the suspects. The suspects were taken to Boxer for questioning. Dominic A. New Orleans underwent repairs in dry dock. embarked aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60). The ship honors Medal of Honor recipient Vice Adm. Speicher from “Missing/Captured” to “Missing-In-Action. Calif.. The group returned on 30 July. Dwight D. Phillips and Navy Cmdr. and a team from the cruiser boarded the vessel. Texas.. Task Force 50. and assumed duties as Commander. the Navy selected the “No Action Alternative” to continue the current protections. at approximately 0100. there were no casualties aboard New Orleans. Discovery returned to Kennedy on 28 March. Eisenhower deployed to 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility from February to July 2009. the first F-35B. The impact ruptured two ballast tanks and a fuel tank on New Orleans (which spilled about 25. An SH-60B from HSL-46. march 20 The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group apprehended six 18 Lockheed Martin announced the Navy’s certification of the terminal phase capability of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. proved instrumental in delaying the escape of the pirates until a German boarding team from Greek frigate Psara (F 454) took the culprits into custody for transfer to German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz (F 209).. an F-35A Lightning II. with CVW-7 embarked. Richard Phillips. was selected as the company to build Fort Worth. with CVW-8 embarked. spotted the crew members of the skiff throwing objects overboard. Summer 2010 Alabama about 300 miles from the Somali coast. Antonelli. and BF-1. USS Tarawa (LHA 1) was decommissioned at NB San Diego.S. under their own power.
Texas. stone C. fabricate. and disrupted shipments of 18 tons of cocaine and three tons of marijuana. Owego.. The service had purchased 44 retired Swiss Air Force F-5E Freedom Fighters over a six-year period for $50 million to replace F-5E Tiger IIs in the dedicated adversary role. an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye test aircraft. develop. affecting all activities associated with the helicopter’s systems design and demonstration requirements. the 11 The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program reached Mile- 13 The Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Ready Group. crewed 2 A Naval Research Research Laboratory experimental fuel2 The U. McKenna and Cmdr. embarked aboard Bataan. trapped aboard at 1503 the ship catapulted the Super Hornet for its return flight to NAS Patuxent River. St. 28 The Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group.35 billion in principal for funds advanced under the contract plus interest accrued—a total of $2. W. U. with An MV-22B Osprey from VMM-263.. completed its first flight near Seattle. Hodges. Augustine. General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas. Johnson. 4.000-square-foot facility capable of accommodating up to 33 P-3C Orions. series of acceptance trials off the Virginia capes through 22 May. The Navy intends to purchase 108 production aircraft.. opened at NAS Jacksonville. The Navy accepted the delivery of the 400th F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. cell-powered UAS achieved a flight endurance milestone when it completed a six-hour flight test. 22nd MEU embarked. On 19 May. completed its first flight near Seattle. The Seahawk directed the cruiser to the area. An SH-60B from HSL-46 Det. The group returned on 8 December. BuNo 166449. Beau V. to NAS Patuxent River in preparation for initial operation and test evaluation. Brazil. The Poseidon took off from Renton Field at 1032 and landed at Boeing Field at 1328. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Cir- 5 Hangar An SH-60B from HSL-45 Det. Lawrence Nance of VX-20 and civilian test team members Tom Boutin. 1 A P-3C of VP-5 received orders to Augusto Severo Air- field in Natal. On 7 January 1991. a 277. killing all 228 people on board. The fighters are expected to serve in squadron inventory until at least 2015. the ogy. Atlantis touched down at Edwards AFB on 24 May. Newport News. Wash. On 1 June the Navy issued a letter of termination to the company for Increments I and II. The decision requires the contractors to repay the government more than $1. Altman and Gregory C. deployed from NAS North Island to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Arabian Gulf. deployed from NS Norfolk to the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas and the Indian Ocean. At approximately 1530.. by Lt. Patrick M. 22 23 . reported to HSC-22. takes off from the flight deck of Bataan in June 2009. A team from the cruiser discovered a variety of weapons aboard the dhow and apprehended its 17 passengers for questioning. an F/A-18F. embarked aboard Gettysburg. At 1407. cuit affirmed the 5 May 2007 decision by Judge Robert B. basing his action upon the inability of the principal contractors. flew from the Northrop Grumman Manufacturing Center. revealed that 27 successful and 85 unsuccessful pirate attacks had occurred from 1 January to 28 May 2009. W. Fla. The ship and its embarked SH-60B from HSL-43 Det.S. 15 The under secretary of defense for acquisition. Jr. The Poseidon took off from Renton Field at 1043 and landed at Boeing Field at 1414. sustaining the government’s default termination of the A-12A aircraft contract. received a $2. 9. second P-8A flight test aircraft. The hangar is the largest of its kind to support the maritime patrol community. 3 Lockheed Martin Corp. 29 The Navy accepted the delivery of the final refurbished 18 George H. Adams Jr. cruiser Gettysburg and South Korean destroyer Munmu the Great (DDH 976) responded to a distress call from Egyptian-flagged motor vessel Amira. assemble. N. receiving approval to begin low-rate initial production. then-Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney had canceled the Avenger. an Airbus A330203 that had crashed into the Atlantic during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. (which owns McDonnell Douglas) and General Dynamics have appealed the ruling. Augustine.8 billion on this date. to assist in the search for survivors and wreckage of Air France Flight No.S. An SH-60B from HSL-46 Det. Va. 11 The Navy accepted the delivery of George H. 18 USS Freedom (LCS 1) completed its second and final 23 511. embarked aboard Gettysburg. during the tilt-rotor aircraft’s first at-sea deployment. technol- area. Crew members included retired Navy Capts.. Cmdr. 21 USS Rodney M. and test A-12As within the contract schedule. responded to Yemeni motor vessel Alaseb. The Seahawk directed the ship to the 11 Space shuttle STS-125 Atlantis launched from pad 39A at John F. Davis (FFG 60) returned to NS Everett 25 T1. located a dhow suspected of serving as a “mother ship” for pirates. The mission was the final flight to the Hubble Space Telescope. Fort Worth. and logistics issued a stop work order to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration. Scott D. 2 intercepted and seized six tons of cocaine and 160 pounds of marijuana. Fla. Yemen. Fla. Bush completed flight deck certifications in Atlantic waters through 29 May. The Navy concluded its support of search-and-rescue operations on 13 July. Wash. JuNe 26 CWO Michael S. and will also house P-8A Poseidons. (Photo by MC3 Ryan Steinhour) Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 15 An F-35 signature test Lightning II equipped with production-representative very-low-observable airframe structure and coatings was rolled out at Lockheed Martin Corp. 447.from a counter-narcotics deployment to the Eastern Pacific. 22nd MEU. Bush from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. crewed by Lt. The Boeing Co. which rescued 52 people who had been adrift in the vessel for about seven days. and Bill Zegarski.Y. 13 CTF-151 defeated a piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden. Salty Dog 121. with CVW-14 embarked. initial P-8A flight test aircraft. spotted a skiff in distress in the Gulf of Aden. with the initial operational capability in 2013. Duarte of VX-23 from NAS Patuxent River. Bahrain. to design. Court of Federal Claims. the ship recorded its first recovery and launch of aircraft. the first helicopter pilot to complete his training in the Flying Chief Warrant Officer program and to deploy. which reported being attacked about 75 nautical miles south of Al Mukalla. for Increments I and IV of the VH-71A Presidential Helicopter contract. may 30 D1. Ray Collazo. 9.1-billion contract 5 T2. modification to produce 17 F-35 Lightning IIs in the third lot of low-rate initial production. leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Aden. 28 The Combined Maritime Forces at Manama. Kennedy Space Center. F-5N Tiger II at St. which towed Alaseb and its 11 passengers to a rendezvous with the Yemeni Coast Guard for repairs. The dhow’s engine had failed two days previously. embarked aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).
6 31 The Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group deployed august 7 A P-3C and a British warship from CTF-150 coordi- 1 Consolidated Maintenance Organization 10. NAS Brunswick. from San Diego for the Western Pacific. 24 An aviation boatswain’s mate directs an EA-6B Prowler with VAQ-139 on Ronald Reagan during flight operations in the Gulf of Oman in August 2009.. The carrier’s aircraft flew more than 1. Douglas G. Truman (CVN 75) at sea. This 29th mission to the International Space Station included five spacewalks and the launching of the Naval Research Laboratory’s satellite suite. the final nated the seizure of 10 tons of narcotics with an estimated value of $70 million from a dhow in the Gulf of Aden. the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment 2. on 14 August. with an SH-60B from HSL-42 Det. Bedouins had directed a recovery team from Multi-National ForceWest to two sites in the Iraqi desert approximately 62 miles west of Ramadi in Anbar province. Fla. Speicher was interred at Jacksonville Memorial Gardens Cemetery. During June the school had completed its transfer of five F/A-18Bs to VFA-125 and VX-23. the fourth U. 2 The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology positively iden- 10 Makin Island sailed from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.helicopter pilot when he received his wings of gold with TAW-5 at NAS Whiting Field. such command in service. Gary Roughead welcomed the F-35C Lightning II to the fleet during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s plant at Fort Worth. and assumed duties as Commander. recommended the aircraft for introduction to the fleet. 19 Marine 1st Lt. 39A at John F. Wash. cepted the delivery of the first F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-106 at NAS Oceana.S. Kennedy Space Center. Miss. Michael S. The group returned on 26 March 2010. was the first Lightning II to be refueled aerially using a probe-and-drogue refueling system from a KC-130 near Fort Worth. Eisenhower. Carr transferred the vessel.600 combat sorties from the ship in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by MCSN Amanda L. Task Force 50. water. The ship arrived at San Diego on 14 September. Miss. the second F-35B. Hurley. Texas. 18 USS Carr (FFG 52). was disestablished at NAS Whidbey Island. Ronald Reagan launched its first sorties over Afghanistan during this deployment. Michael Brown became the 30. and medical supplies from sea to shore to assist Taiwanese relief efforts.. triggering severe flooding and mudslides that claimed hundreds of lives. 15 The Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River ac- 13 BF-2. Oman. Ray) 25 . Pascagoula. at Boeing’s manufacturing facility at Renton.. two of the suspects. The crew members included Marine Col. During the transit Makin Island inaugurated the ship’s flight operations by Army CH-47 Chinooks attached to Joint Task Force Bravo. Pascagoula. intercepted a go-fast vessel and its three crew members in the Caribbean. was laid at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Ingalls. Texas. 28 July 29 DoD rated the EA-18G as operationally effective and 30 The P-8A Poseidon was rolled out during a ceremony 2 The Navy declared the AGM-84K Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) operationally effective against land-based moving targets following an operational evaluation. Va.000th naval 25 25 The first four C-130Ts of VR-62 arrived at NAS Jacksonville following the disestablishment of their previous station. on a voyage around South America to its commissioning. Corp. 8 embarked. and Coast Guard HH-60Js and HH-65s. HSC-25 Det. conducted the first ship-to-shore emergency medical evacuation by deployed Ospreys. and their illicit cargo to Venezuelan frigate General Soublette (F 24) on 23 August. seizing 46 bales of cocaine amounting to more than one ton of the material with an estimated import value of $22 million. Wis. of Marinette. tified the remains of Capt. their first traps aboard USS Harry S. Ronald Reagan relieved Dwight D. Gary Roughead delivered remarks. 11 The keel for Fort Worth was laid at Marinette Marine 15 Space shuttle STS-127 Endeavour launched from pad 5 EA-18G Growlers from VAQ-129 and -132 completed 7 Typhoon Morakot struck central and southern Taiwan. naval vessel to carry the name. embarked aboard Bataan in the Red Sea. CNO Adm. Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 17 The keel of America (LHA 6). CH-46Es and CH-53Es. Speicher. Endeavour returned to Kennedy on 31 July. 6 helped move food. where the remains were removed for examination over 22 to 29 July. CNO Adm. An MV-22B from VMM-263 of the 22nd MEU. about 150 miles southeast of Salalah.
canceling the existing sea frame construction solicitation for 2010. with an embarked 26 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 27 . including the attack on Maersk Alabama. The decision was made to include F-35Cs in the review process. Fla. Washington I. U. and Marine Col. han. The Seahawk directed the ship to the area. 4 lands aboard Lake Champlain. Calif. and the second phase of system functional demonstration commissioning replicated full-scale launching capabilities. 26 Somali pirates aboard Taiwanese-flagged motor vessel Win Far 161. Task Force 50. This 30th mission to the International Space Station included the delivery of the Leonardo MultiPurpose Logistics Module. Chambers (1856–1934). San Diego. and Filipino service members rescued 52 people from rising flood waters in the capital. The ship relieved Ronald Reagan. beginning the turnover from T-34Cs for primary flight training. embarked aboard USNS Alan B. program for the GBU-40 Small Diameter Bomb when an F-15E Strike Eagle dropped one of the weapons at Eglin AFB. delivered relief supplies. Shepard (T-AKE 3).S. which assists explosive ordnance disposal Sailors and Marines. 21 The Navy accepted the delivery of New York (LPD 21) at 25 The keel was laid for Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and more than 30 crew members near the Seychelles Islands on 6 April. San Diego. Sturckow. 27 The first two T-6Bs arrived at TAW-5 at NAS Whiting Field. La. The crew included 28 designs of the littoral combat ship. USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46). San Diego. retired Army Col.. with elements of the 31st MEU embarked. generating a tsunami with 15-to-20-foot waves that inundated the eastern coast of Samoa and parts of Tonga. killing more than 250 people around the Manila area and rendering tens of thousands homeless. killing more than 160 people. On 4 October. 21 The Navy accepted A-205. Va. 28 The Navy announced the completion of two steps in the introduction of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). The ship is named for Navy Capt. Two MH-60Ss from HSC-25 Det. Space shuttle STS-128 Discovery launched from pad 39A at John F. On 23 May 2009. Frederick W. the final production E-2C Hawkeye 2000. The first phase of highly accelerated life testing gauged the EMALS launch motor’s ability to operate in simulated at-sea conditions. and the helo did not return fire and recovered aboard the cruiser. which rescued 52 people. concluded a 42-month risk reduction 29 An 8. Augustine Manufacturing and Flight Test Center. Calif. 16 The Navy announced that it would chose one of the two 21 The Navy announced the decision for “full fielding” eval- 22 Construction began on William McLean (T-AKE 12) at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. The ship’s name honors William B. 22 The EA-18G Growler attained initial operational capability. 2) at Hampton Roads. 17 Super Typhoon Choi-Wan struck Alamagan and Agri- september 1 The Navy accepted the delivery of auxiliary dry cargo ship 18 Nimitz launched its first sorties over Afghanistan during this deployment. The pirates missed the Seahawk. Forrester. who helped conceive and develop the heat-seeking Sidewinder air-to-air missile . anchored south of Garacad. The pirates had seized the vessel An SH-60B with HSL-46 Det. The delivery of 90 systems was expected by the end of the year. (Photo by MC2 Daniel Barker) USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. 1. uation of the T-Hawk micro air vehicle. embarked aboard USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). and were suspected of using Win Far 161 as a mother ship in multiple incidents.. New York had completed acceptance trials on 24 July. Somalia. Augustine. 25 Tropical Storm Ketsana (known as Ondoy in the Philippines) struck central Luzon in the Philippines. who had graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School. 29 The Boeing Co. at Northrop Grumman St.Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Patrick G. Calif. and assumed duties as Commander. arrived to provide humanitarian relief. Discovery landed at Edwards AFB on 11 September. at General Dynamics–National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. McLean (1914–1976). who arranged the world’s first aircraft flight from a ship when aviator Eugene B. Ely flew off the cruiser Birmingham (Cruiser No. On 27 and 28 September. about 146 nautical miles north of Saipan in the Marianas Islands. The service would award a single prime contractor and shipyard a fixed incentive contract for up to 10 ships of the class (two for 2010).. The bomb is under development for Air Force and Navy aircraft. St..3-magnitude earthquake struck 125 miles south of Apia on American Samoa. Kennedy Space Center. a Seahawk from Lake Champlain spotted a skiff in distress in the Gulf of Aden. fired an apparent large-caliber weapon at an SH-60B from HSL-49. Avondale. USS Ingraham (FFG 61). on 14 November 1910. 28 The Navy announced the delay of the release of an environmental impact statement that examines five sites in Virginia and North Carolina concerning an outlying landing field to support aircraft operating from and in transit to NAS Oceana and NS Norfolk.
and two SH-60Bs of HSL-51 Det. flew more than 60 sorties totaling more than 1. of a series of flight tests for the Paveway II Plus laser guided bomb guidance kit. which had completed its midlife refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding. 20 The Navy accepted the delivery of its final T-45C—the 221st Goshawk delivered—at the Boeing plant in St. declared VAQ-132 15 USS Anzio (CG 68). two MQ-8B Fire Scouts. USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Mo. The BAMS-D. and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived on 9 October to support international relief efforts. 7 An EA-6B Prowler. 19 USS Jarrett (FFG 33) returned to San Diego from a counter-narcotics deployment to the Eastern Pacific. a Coast Guard HC-130 flew aerial surveillance missions. Ten CH-46Es operating from the two ships were among the aircraft that provided airlift support to U..5 tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was integrated into the ship’s construction. with elements of the 31st MEU embarked. Va. Joint Interagency Task Force-South. The ship made first interception of drug smugglers using Fire Scouts—during a post-maintenance check flight—on 3 April 2010. 9 The Naval Research Laboratory’s Ion Tiger.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the Padang area of western Sumatra. respectively. Harpers Ferry and Tortuga. Three CH-53Es of HMM-265 from Denver. The ship’s operations resulted in the apprehension of nine smugglers and the seizure or disruption of more than nine tons of narcotics with an estimated street value of $266 million. 2 Typhoon 7 USS Hawes (FFG 53). 1 Carrier Strike Group 1 was established at San Diego. Afghanistan. 17 minutes. seized approximately four tons of hashish with an estimated street value of $28 million on board a skiff in the Gulf of Aden about 170 miles southwest of Salalah.. which utilizes the RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. the first operational EA-18G Growler-equipped electronic attack squadron “safe for flight operations” at NAS Whidbey Island. Louis. The mission initiated a 36-month formal naval flight test Summer 2010 15 T1. 2 Electronic Attack Wing. 1 aboard Nimitz at sea. In addition. USS Denver (LPD 9). a hydrogen- An F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Black Aces of VFA-41 refuels from an Air Force KC-10 tanker. U. T2. 29 November 6 5 N-8 and N-9. The Black Aces deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to 5th Fleet in July 2009 and returned in March 2010. and commenced a supplemental restricted availability until 3 December. The Navy concluded its humanitarian assistance on 16 October. evaluating three Poseidons: T1. Parma (known as Pepeng in the Philippines) struck Luzon in the Philippines. McInerney returned on 15 April. during a test at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Wasp returned from her deployment—the first of its kind to that fleet—on 22 December. with HSL-48 Det. transferring to VMM-261—attached to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. setting an unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel-cell powered flight. Roger Stanton and Boeing pilot Doug Benjamin. A second BAMS-D deployed prior to the return of the first. 4th Fleet. flew 23 hours.S. completed the first flight of a Poseidon by a Navy pilot over Puget Sound. piloted by Cmdr. program by VX-1 and -20 and the Boeing Co. made the first deployment of the UAS during a counter-narcotics deployment with HSL-42 Det. Byrd (T-AKE 4) reinforced these operations. with elements of the 31st MEU embarked. crewed by Lt. october 1 The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) returned from its first eight-month deployment to Central Command. Approximately 7. Md. the Drug Enforcement Administration. killing more than 750 people and triggering landslides that wiped-out villages and blocked roads.000 hours. 10 embarked. and Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 405 during counter-narcotics operations. (Photo by Lt. the 7 USS New York (LPD 21) was commissioned at New York . group operated temporarily without its flagship. and T3. The 30 A 7. Indonesia. returned to NS Norfolk from a counter-narcotics deployment to the Caribbean and Western Atlantic. 18 Independence (LCS 2) completed builder’s trials in the Gulf of Mexico.000th aircraft to launch from Catapult No. BuNos 167791 and 167792. 5 from McCampbell delivered relief supplies and rescue workers. Graham Scarbro) 28 powered fuel cell unmanned aerial vehicle. Oman.SH-60B. Vincent Johnson. Additional aircraft including two SA-330J Pumas from USNS Richard E. with an SH-60B from HSL-48 Det. The ship’s operations resulted in the seizure of 200 barrels of cocaine. 7 Naval Aviation News first P-8A test aircraft. arrived the following day and helped members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Army National Guardsmen assess the damage. City. responded. 7 embarked. and Filipino service members and relief workers. 29 Lockheed Martin announced the completion of the first 4 USS Wasp (LHD 1) deployed from NS Norfolk to the the executive officer of VAQ-135. Pacific Fleet. for the first deployment of Ospreys to that country. Ten MV-22Bs from VMM-263 of the 22nd MEU launched from Bataan to Camp Bastion. became the 100.S. The aircraft lifted off in three waves and made the 510-nauticalmile flight in slightly more than two hours. on 11 July. aboard USS McInerney (FFG 8) from NS Mayport to the Caribbean. The ship completed acceptance trials during early November. The ship served as a forward operating base with the Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Bresnik. Atlantis returned to Kennedy on 27 November. piloted by Maj. 14 AF-1.9 The Boeing Co. 20 The Navy released a draft environmental impact statement concerning the military build-up on Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands. into the following day. This was the fourth Lightning II to begin flight operations. departed for Norfolk. Bachmann. 15 BF-1. piloted by Lockheed Martin test pilot Jon Beesley. the first F-35B. Gordon an archivist. The flight initiated a series of Lightning II arrivals at Patuxent River for testing. authorizing the procurement and production of 54 Growlers remaining in the current program of record. Barry E. Evans is a historian. Charles O. the second F-35B. The construction of a deep-draft wharf and shoreside infrastructure improvements to support a transient nuclear-powered carrier at Apra Harbor. was retired at Hangar 109. who served as assistant navigator aboard USS Monterey (CVL 26) during World War II and subsequently became the 38th President of the United States. piloted by Lockheed Martin test pilot David Nelson. and transferred to HMX-1 for use as a trainer. NAS Corpus Christi. Randolph J. the last operational Navy UH-3H Sea King. In December. the final MH-53E Sea Dragon stationed at 17 The keel of Coronado (LCS 4) was laid at General Dy- 16 16 The Ion Tiger completed a flight of 26 hours. The achievement bettered the record of 9 October. Ala. made its inaugural 89-minute flight at Fort Worth. 23 24 USS Makin Island (LHD 8). flew from Fort Worth. the first nine Sailors received the Navy’s new professional aviation maintenance officer warfare designator. Joseph T. 7 Hurricane 17. Requirements include a minimum of 24 months at both an organizational and intermediatelevel maintenance activity while assigned in an aviation maintenance officer billet and one operational deployment of at least 90 days.. and the expansion of aviation facilities ashore for Marines transferred from Okinawa are among the proposed actions. 11 H-3. Mobile. N. flew from Fort Worth. Newport News. The 31st flight to the International Space Station was the final crew rotation mission to the facility. Ford at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. USMC. Texas. Space shuttle STS-129 Atlantis launched from pad 39A at John F. (Photo by MC1 LaTunya Howard) Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 31 30 . setting an unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel cell-powered flight. Col. and Andrew R. Ford Jr. Mark L. to NAS Patuxent River. Hobaugh. The ship is named in honor of Gerald R. retired Navy Capt. Va. namics Austal USA. BuNo 154121. Foreman. Wilmore. December 4 Nine officers at Navy Personnel Command were among 12 The Navy opened the EMALS armature at a system functional demonstration site at Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst. the eighth and final vessel of the Wasp class. The following day the Navy accepted the delivery of Independence at Mobile.J. including BF-1’s subsequent first hovers and vertical landings. Dale J. 14 The keel was laid for Gerald R.900 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits for delivery to the Air Force and Navy in 2011 and 2012. Marine Lt. Kennedy Space Center. NAS Patuxent River. one minute. Guam. to NAS Patuxent River. announced its award by the Air Force of a $72-million contract for more than 2. and Navy Capt. was commissioned at NAS North Island. Texas. McKee and Ellen M. 29 BF-2. the first Sailors to receive the professional aviation maintenance officer warfare designator. the first optimized F-35A. Texas. DoD approved the EA-18G for full-rate production. Stolarski are interns in the Histories and Archives Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command. The crew included Marine Col. Michael J.
.............................................................................................................................31 Mar Csg-11 Major Carrier Strike Group Deployments in 2009 Csg-7 WestPac 29 May 09-10 Oct 09 Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CVW-14 (Tail Code: NK) Squadron Aircraft VFA-113 F/A-18C VFA-22 F/A-18F VFA-115 F/A-18E VFA-25 F/A-18C VAQ-139 EA-6B VAW-113 E-2C HS-4 SH-60F VRC-30 Det................................... assigned to the Indians of HS-6........... Hawaii .......................................... (Photo by MC2 Jason Graham) DeaCtivations Commander................ fly in formation to a live fire exercise on the Oki Daito Jima range near Okinawa on 30 August 2009.................................................Major Aviation Command Changes in 2009 Commissionings George H................. armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 29 May HS-3 to HSC-9 Tridents ....................... 12 May Tarawa (LHA 1) ............................................................................................................................................. Bush (CVN 77) ...8 Oct HSL-40 to HSM-40 Airwolves ... GA .................................28 Feb MCAF Kaneohe Bay to MCAS Kaneohe Bay ......................................................................1 Feb HS-5 to HSC-5 Nightdippers ..................................................... W...................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................30 Sep aCtivations HSM-70 Spartans ......... 1 Jun Consolidated Maintenance Organization 2 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 1 Jun HMM-161 to VMM-161 Grey Hawks ............................................................... 22 May HMM-264 to VMM-264 Black Knights ................ 12 May Naval Aviation Forecast Detachment.... Atsugi ......................................................................................................................................31 Mar establishments Navy Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5 Det................................................................................................................... 15 Jan HSL-47 to HSM-77 Saberhawks ........................................................................................................................................................................1 Feb HMLA-469 Vengeance ..................1 Aug Commander..................................................................... 30 Jun Two HH-60H Seahawk helicopters.............................................................................................................. 1 Jan HMM-365 to VMM-365 Blue Knights.................1 Nov WestPac 31 Jul 09-26 Mar 10 Nimitz (CVN 68) CVW-11 (Tail Code: NH) Squadron Aircraft VFA-41 F/A-18F VFA-14 F/A-18E VFA-86 F/A-18C VFA-97 F/A-18C VAQ-135 EA-6B VAW-117 E-2C HS-6 HH/SH-60F VRC-30 Det..............31 Mar VS-22 Checkmates............................................................. 1 Aug Consolidated Maintenance Organization Det.............................................................................................. Carrier Strike Group 1 .................................................. VQ ......................................................................................................14 Oct Disestablishments Consolidated Maintenance Organization 11 ................ 3 Jun Commander.............. 1 Aug Consolidated Maintenance Organization 10 ............ Sea Control Wing..........................24 Oct DeCommissionings Kitty Hawk (CV 63) ...................................................................... Bahrain ................................................ HS-6 is a part CVW-11 and is embarked aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68).................................... 10 Jan Makin Island (LHD 8) .... Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet Det............................................................................................................................................................ FSU 5 ................................................................................................................................................................... Atlantic Fleet..............................1 Oct Naval Aviation Forecast Det.. 1 C-2A Chancellorsville (CG 62) Decatur (DDG 73) Gridley (DDG 101) Howard (DDG 83) Thach (FFG 43) 33 ReDesignations HS-2 to HSC-12 Golden Falcons..........1 Aug NAS Atlanta........ 3 C-2A Chosin (CG 55) Pinckney (DDG 91) Sampson (DDG 102) Rentz (FFG 46) Bridge (T-AOE 10) Summer 2010 32 Naval Aviation News ......... Pearl Harbor.............................................................................................................................
Stennis (CVN 74) CVW-9 (Tail Code: NG) Squadron Aircraft VFA-154 F/A-18F VMFA-323 F/A-18C VFA-146 F/A-18C VFA-147 F/A-18E VAQ-138 EA-6B VAW-112 E-2C HSC-8 MH-60S HSM-71 MH-60R VRC-30 Det. (Photo by MC2 Remus Borisov) 34 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 35 .Csg-2 Indian Ocean/Mediterranean Sea/North Arabian Sea 8 Sep 08-18 Apr 09 Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CVW-8 (Tail Code: AJ) Squadron Aircraft VFA-31 F/A-18E VFA-213 F/A-18F VFA-15 F/A-18C VFA-87 F/A-18C VAQ-141 EA-6B VAW-124 E-2C HS-3 HH/SH-60F/H VRC-40 Det. 5 C-2A Cowpens (CG 63) Shiloh (CG 67) Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) John S. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CVW-7 (Tail Code: AG) Squadron Aircraft VFA-143 F/A-18E VFA-103 F/A-18F VFA-83 F/A-18C VFA-131 F/A-18C VAW-121 E-2C VAQ-140 EA-6B HS-5 HH/SH-60F/H VRC-40 Det. 4 C-2A Antietam (CG 54) Kidd (DDG 100) Preble (DDG 88) Two F/A-18E Super Hornets with the Blacklions of VFA-213 launch from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 2 C-2A Bainbridge (DDG 96) Scranton (SSN 756) Gettysburg (CG 64) Vicksburg (CG 69) Stout (DDG 55) Halyburton (FFG 40) Big Horn (T-AO 198) Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) Csg-3 WestPac/North Pacific 13 Jan 09-10 Jul 09 John C. McCain (DDG 56) Fitzgerald (DDG 62) Stetham (DDG 63) Lassen (DDG 82) McCampbell (DDG 85) Mustin (DDG 89) Csg-8 Mediterranean Sea/North Arabian Sea 21 Feb 09-30 Jul 09 Dwight D. 1 C-2A Monterey (CG 61) Nitze (DDG 94) The Sullivans (DDG 68) Mason (DDG 87) Csg-5 WestPac 10 Jun 09-3 Sep 09 George Washington (CVN 73) CVW-5 (Tail Code: NF) Squadron Aircraft VFA-102 F/A-18F VFA-27 F/A-18E VFA-192 F/A-18C VFA-195 F/A-18C VAQ-136 EA-6B VAW-115 E-2C HS-14 HH/SH-60F/H VRC-30 Det.
Cuba/Caribbean 04 Oct 09-22 Dec 09 Squadron Aircraft HMH-461 (CJ) CH-53E HSC-28 Det. (RB) MH-60S Bataan (LHD 5) Mediterranean Sea/Indian Ocean 13 May 09-08 Dec 09 VMM-263 (Rein) (Tail Code EG) Squadron Aircraft VMA-542 Det. (Photo by Scott Lehr) 36 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 37 . AH-1W/UH-1N HSC-23 Det. AH-1W/UH-1Y HSC-21 Det. AH-1W/UH-1N HSC-25 Det. CH-53 HMLA Det. AV-8B HMM-166 CH-46E HMH Det. Iraq. The det. (RB)1 Boxer (LHD 4) WestPac/Indian Ocean 09 Jan 09-01 Aug 09 HMM-163 (Rein) (Tail Code YP) Squadron Aircraft VMA-214 Det. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrives at Port Everglades for the start of Navy Week Port Everglades. 3 (VR)1 MH-60S Essex (LHD 2) WestPac 26 Jan 09-07 May 09 HMM-262 (Rein) (Tail Code ET) Squadron Aircraft VMA-211 AV-8B HMM-262 CH-46E HMH Det. CH-53E HMLA Det. 2 The four CH-53E Sea Stallions flew off Boxer on 3 Mar to augment Marine Aircraft Group 26 at Al Asad Airbase. AH-1W/ UH-1N HSC-22 Det. (BR) MH-60S (Endnotes) 1 While on deployment. Afghanistan. helicopters therefore retain their own squadron tail codes. 3 (WC)1 MH-60S Wasp (LHD 1) Guantanamo Bay.2 CH-53E HMLA-267 Det. AH-1W/UH-1N MH-60S HSC-25 Det. 3 The 10 MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 were launched from Bataan on 6 Nov and flown to Camp Bastion. 4 (AM)1 MH-60S Essex (LHD 2) WestPac 12 Jun 09-18 Aug 09 HMM-265 (Rein) (Tail Code EP) Squadron Aircraft VMA-513 AV-8B HMM-265 CH-46E HMH Det. AV-8B HMM-264 CH-46E HMH-461 Det. AV-8B HMM-163 CH-46E HMH Det. CH-53E HMLA-167 Det. AH-1W/UH-1N 1 HSC-25 Det.Major Amphibious Assault Ship Deployments in 2009 Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Mediterranean Sea/Indian Ocean 26 Aug 08-27 Mar 09 HMM-264 (Rein) (Tail Code EH) Squadron Aircraft VMA-231 Det. CH-53E HMLA Det. to be transferred to VMM-261 and serve as part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s aviation combat element. (RB)1 MH-60S Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) WestPac/Indian Ocean 24 Sep 09-14 Apr 10 HMM-166 (Rein) (Tail Code YX) Squadron Aircraft VMA-513 Det. AV-8B MV-22B VMM-2633 HMH-461 Det. HSC squadron detachments are assigned to the amphibious assault carrier rather than to the embarked Marine helicopter squadron (reinforced). CH-53E HMLA Det.
VP-4 25 Jan 09-06 Aug 09 09 Nov 09-06 May 10 15 Jan 09-09 Aug 09 Oct 08-31 May 09 Dec 08-10 Jun 09 May 09-Dec 09 3 Jan 09-16 Dec 09 18 Feb 09-02 Aug 09 01 Feb 09-01 May 09 28 Apr 09-18 Jun 09 29 Jul 09-17 Sept 09 bagRam aiRfielD. Iraq. netheRlanDs antilles VQ-1 Det.S. (Photo by Lance Cpl. and to provide a portable movie projector to watch movies. Djibouti. Victor F. in November 2009. el salvaDoR 09 Sep 08-12 Mar 09 04 May 09-04 Nov 09 Jan 09-Mar 09 Jul 09-Aug 09 Apr 09-Jun 09 Oct 09-Nov 09 02 Apr 09-05 Sept 09 May 09-Dec 09 12 Jan 09-12 Apr 09 al UDeiD aiR base. VR-56 Det. iRaq VAQ-133 Det. VQ-1 Det.Major Land Based Deployments 2009 al asaD aiRfielD. both members of the Red Lancers of VP-10. CUba PO2 Jojuan James. Japan VQ-1 Det. VTC-12 VQ-1 Det. VAQ-142 Det. VAW-77 VAW-77 VAW-77 ali aiR base. afghanistan VAQ-133 Det. atsUgi. VAQ-134 Det. gUantanamo bay. pUeRto RiCo Comalapa. During the launch evolution. B VR-56 Det. (Photo by MC1 Larry Foos) KaDena afb oKinawa. and PO2 Chris Schoene. play soccer with a boy from a small village outside Camp Lemonnier. qataR CURaçao. right. C VR-57 VR-62 VR-64 VR-59 nsa bahRain westeRn paCifiC 19 Mar 09-15 Apr 09 29 Nov 09-02 Jan 09 30 Mar 09-03 Jun 10 13 Feb 09-17 Apr 09 30 Aug 09-10 Dec 09 27 Nov 09-31 Dec 09 29 Mar 09-02 Aug 09 39 Sailors from various flightline sections conduct a launch evolution for an EA-6B Prowler assigned to VAQ-142 in May 2009 during the squadron’s deployment to Al Asad. all flight line sections of the squadron are involved in preparing an aircraft for take off. VR-48 VR-51 VR-56 VR-57 Cgas boRinqUen. iRaq VP-8 VP-10 Det. mCas iwaKUni Japan seyChelles VP-10 Det. Army’s 4-78th Civil Affairs Special Operations Battalion (Airborne) to donate balls and clothes to local children. Cano) 38 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 . The Sailors volunteered to team up with the U. 27 May 09-09 Dec 09 10 Jan 09-20 Jan 09 04 Jun 09-02 Aug 09 May 09-Dec 09 nas sigonella VQ-1 Det. Japan DJiboUti VAW-125 VP-10 Det.
10 HSL-60 Det.Major Independent Helicopter Deployments in 2009 Squadron HSC-9 HSL-43 Det. 2 HSL-46 Det. 7 HSL-48 Det. Davis (FFG 60) Chafee (DDG 90) Lake Erie (CG 70) Sampson (DDG 102) Simpson (FFG 56) Gary (FFG 51) McClusky (FFG 41) Halyburton (FFG 40) Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) Vicksburg (CG 69) DeWert (FFG 45) Gettysburg (CG 64) Underwood (FFG 36) Leyte Gulf (CG 55) Anzio (CG 68) Hawes (FFG 53) Samuel B. 4 HSL-46 Det. 2 HSL-48 Det. Martens) 40 Naval Aviation News 41 . 5 HSL-46 Det. 9 HSL-48 Det. Roberts (FFG 58) Date Jan 09-Feb 09 Nov 08-21 Apr 09 24 Feb 09-24 Aug 09 16 Nov 09-13 Apr 10 31 Jul 08-26 Mar 09 05 Apr 09-06 Oct 09 2008-08 Apr 09 5 Oct 09-TBA Feb 09-Jul 09 May 09-Jul 09 Feb 09-Jul 09 Sep 09-18 Mar 10 Feb 09-Jul 09 01 Jan 09-03 Apr 09 01 Jan 09-11 May 09 13 May 09-05 Dec 09 05 Apr 09-05 Oct 09 05 Nov 08-06 Apr 09 BuNo 160821 160824 165050 162563 163926 165055 165332 165333 164596 162575 165045 154020 156450 153975 157723 153960 154849 154789 157651 156445 154828 153956 153350 157670 156464 156457 156429 156422 155315 154850 154829 154805 154792 153377 157724 153380 157703 157649 156473 156439 154015 164488 160709 161347 158801 159912 161774 161948 162470 162826 163093 163507 160829 160834 Summer 2010 Aircraft Stricken in 2009 Action Date 13-Apr 5-May 12-May 17-Jun 14-Jul 7-Aug 22-Oct 26-Oct 29-Oct 7-Dec 7-Dec 28-Jan 26-Feb 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 12-May 12-May 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Jul 28-Sep 14-Oct 12-Nov 12-Nov 12-Nov 12-Nov 19-Nov 27-Oct 30-Apr 2-Jun 15-Aug 17-Sep 22-Oct 26-Mar 22-Jun 4-Dec 18-Dec 8-May 28-Jan 6-Mar Type AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W AH-1W CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E CH-46E E-2C EA-6B EA-6B EA-6B EA-6B EA-6B FA-18A FA-18A FA-18A FA-18A FA-18D HH-1N HH-1N Name Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Super Cobra Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Sea Knight Hawkeye Prowler Prowler Prowler Prowler Prowler Hornet Hornet Hornet Hornet Hornet Iroquois Iroquois BuNo 158552 158286 158256 158272 158551 158259 158766 158248 158264 165117 149815 148894 160628 166363 166389 158568 148889 696160 161585 160766 160141 159747 160588 160161 160153 160134 159744 162344 162109 161553 161570 162137 161566 161554 164088 164448 164455 164451 163287 163284 164082 164443 159705 159173 158909 158601 158321 160521 162247 161198 160448 159190 151550 Action Date 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 7-Apr 7-May 20-May 4-Jun 16-Jul 28-Jul 20-May 6-Mar 28-Jul 6-Mar 6-Apr 14-Jul 7-May 6-Mar 25-Feb 6-Feb 9-Sep 8-Jan 3-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 15-Apr 16-Apr 1-Jun 17-Jul 14-Aug 9-Nov 19-Nov 20-Feb 29-Apr 17-Jul 17-Jul 17-Jul 17-Jul 28-Jul 17-Nov 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 6-Mar 16-Sep 28-Oct 10-Sep 15-Jul 26-Oct 22-Oct Type HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-1N HH-60H KC-130F KC-130F KC-130R MH-60S MV-22B N P-3C N P-3D OH-58C P-3C P-3C S-3B S-3B S-3B S-3B S-3B S-3B S-3B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F SH-60F T-2C T-2C T-2C T-2C T-2C T-34C T-34C UC-12B UH-1N UH-1N UH-3H Name Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Iroquois Seahawk Hercules Hercules Hercules Seahawk Osprey Orion Orion Kiowa Orion Orion Viking Viking Viking Viking Viking Viking Viking Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Seahawk Buckeye Buckeye Buckeye Buckeye Buckeye Turbo Mentor Turbo Mentor Huron Iroquois Iroquois Sea King An SH-60B Seahawk with the Battle Cats of HSL-43 flies a routine training flight near San Diego. 2 HSL-45 Det. 3 HSL-46 Det. (Photo by PM1 Edward G. 5 HSL-48 Det. 3 HSL-46 Det. 2 HSL-43 Det. 2 Aircraft HH-60H SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B SH-60B Ship or Station San Antonio (LPD 17) Rodney M. 2 HSL-37 Det. 3 HSL-44 Det. 10 HSL-45 Det. Calif. 1 HSL-43 Det.
167106 167791 .167806 167809 167824 .166567 166736 .167985 167986 .165843 166010 .168249 168245 -168249 Quantity 4 5 1 1 28 12 5 7 5 8 9 5 7 2 8 1 27 2 3 1 5 Type MV-22B T-6B TE-2C E-2C MH-60R MV-22B F/A-18E F/A-18F EA-18G F/A-18E F/A-18F EA-18G T-45C MQ-8B UH-1Y AH-1Z MH-60S MV-22B KC-130J MQ-8B UH-72A Name Osprey Texan II Hawkeye (Trainer Model) Hawkeye Seahawk Osprey Super Hornet Super Hornet Growler Super Hornet Super Hornet Growler Goshawk Fire Scout Venom Viper Seahawk Osprey Super Hercules Fire Scout Lakota ABH2 Dustin Shipman with Pre-Commissioning Unit New York (LPD 21) directs an MV-22 Osprey as it lands on the flight deck. (Photo by MC1 Corey Lewis) 42 Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 43 .166892 166896 . This was the first aircraft to land on the New York.166747 166868 .16690 166901 .167792 167799 .166014 166507 166508 166540 . commissioned on 7 November 2009.166872 166886 .167903 167927 .166908 166915 .166923 166928 .167850 167902 .Aircraft Accepted in 2009 BuNo 165840 .166933 167100 .
There are the obligatory tables of aces and their kills. with 37 Finnish pilots achieving at least five kills or more. It is in these examples that his skills as an illustrator shine through. and the cover illustration by Mark Postlethwaite. The top score of 39 kills was attributed to a Finnish Brewster pilot (as part of his overall wartime score of 75). 2010. and his work included notable murals throughout the Southwest commissioned under the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.. 169 pp. Mersky. and that story remains to be written. 228 pp. ed. which appears to be limited to only one.500 pounds lighter than the F2A-3 equipping VMF-221 at Midway. The last aircraft retired in November 1967. its brief career aboard ship was marked by poor performance.K. the narrative focuses on action outside American service. most closely associated with Summer 2010 A The Martin P5M Patrol Seaplane Capt. as well as a number of NATOPS and maintenance manual pages and brief descriptions of each squadron. or in the jungles of a Pacific island.S. a good one by the Japanese company Hasegawa. During the war. Navy and Marine Corps. The Buffalo—the name came from the British. Lea achieved his greatest notoriety while as a combat artist and correspondent with Life magazine depicting the Pacific island campaigns. The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II Tom Lea. Combined with well-written supporting text from the artist as well as by editor Brendan Greeley. to the actual final pieces that were in oil or watercolor—in all of which he was a master. and utterly relentless. Finnish pilots also benefited from considerable combat experience as a result of their Winter War in 1940 with the Soviet Union.: Osprey Publishing. the Buffalo saw action in such diverse arenas as Singapore and Burma against the Japanese and over the snow-covered forests of Finland (against first the Soviets.S.S. Marlins were the last “flying boats” to serve in the U.) Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman and Andrew Thomas. Calif. the Flying Tigers and the enduring Chinese people who often worked side by side with their aviator protectors. producing riveting portraits of the pilots and ground crews who flew and serviced the fighters and bombers that took the war to the Germans. this overview of one of the most well-known American combat artists of World War II presents many recognizable paintings and drawings along with less-familiar works. as did Dutch pilots in the Netherlands East Indies. and his stunning. this large twin-engine “boat” was a development of the earlier PBM Mariner. bloody. N An F2A-2 Brewster Buffalo with VF-2 circa 1940. from the pencil sketches used to prepare for his more finished studio works. He trained as a muralist before the war. Appearing just after World War II. 96 pp. umber 74 in Steve Ginter’s Naval Fighter series. squadrons.S. With the U. famous and not-so-famous. Royal Air Force pilots managed only a few kills in the Brewster. however. Texas. however. the portly Brewster F2A Buffalo had an unusual career among front-line aircraft during World War II. 45 . liked the way it handled in the air and bemoaned the need for more horsepower and heavier armament. USNR (Ret.S. Thus. Following the series’ established format. 91 in Osprey’s aces series) is especially welcome. Originally built to operate from U. Lea also showed the rough and tough side of other aviation venues. The Buffalo was the U. Like the combat participants he depicted. the Buffalo managed to give a fairly reasonable account of itself before being overwhelmed by numbers and superiority of design. are among the best I have seen in the series. but he saw the war for what it was: brutal. combining the writing talents of two established experts along with a team of artists to bring the little Brewster fighter’s wartime story to light. Oxford. ne of the most famous least-known fighters of the war. Contrary to many published reports of the time and in subsequent histories. the premier naval fighter of the day. these men appear as they fought their war.95. Somehow. he also visited the European action. Ill. Navy’s first monoplane aircraft. his eyes a set of unfocused black circles showing little left underneath after all the man had seen of war. who were fond of replacing the mundane government designations of the American aircraft and other equipment they encountered with colorful titles—was the first U. Texas: Texas A&M University Press. however. his portrait of an F4F Wildcat pilot brings the air war in close and personal. dispensing with the Mariner’s twin-tail layout. The Marlin saw service with a number of U.” Besides the Pacific. but was quickly replaced by the more capable F4F Wildcat in early 1942.: Steve Ginter. Commonwealth pilots stood their ground—at least for a while. the Buffalo experienced the briefest of front-line service. the P5M Marlin. The F2A’s main adversary was the Zero. service was at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Peter B. as well as with France’s Aeronavale. and a general reputation for falling short of expectations. however. U. 2008. realistic depictions of America’s combat servicemen. Thomas Calloway Lea (1907-2001) was born and raised in El Paso. Part of the reason for the Finns’ impressive tally is attributed to the fact they flew the Model 239.S. which was some 1. this new book (No. He may not have fired weapons. not to mention Chris Davey’s outstanding profiles. Lea seemed the most involved when he was depicting people: as individuals in the cockpit of a battered fighter. carriers.S. Ill. it is difficult to imagine them being able to offer a credible resistance against the cream of the Japanese Navy and Army air forces. the P5M (designated P-5 after 1962) saw limited combat duty in the first half of the Vietnam War. College Station. the paintings display Tom Lea’s capabilities as well as the great distances and many places he visited during the war. monoplane carrier aircraft. Lea was a portrait artist. but has never enjoyed a book devoted to it (discounting an inadequate soft cover book of the 1960s). Navy. this book gives a mainly pictorial look at the last U. Looking at the rotund fighters. Botley. The book’s title and cover come from Lea’s most well-known painting—depicting the battle of Peleliu in 1944—of a shell-shocked infantryman staring into oblivion. such as a companion volume on Finnish aces in this same Osprey series or other books devoted to Navy aircraft. waiting for the next mission. mostly black and white (except for the two outside covers). The lack of details about the P-5’s Vietnam service is disappointing. Its history usually can be found in abbreviated form in larger works. The book describes the hopeless defense put up by Royal Air Force Buffalos against the Japanese onslaught on Malaya. are a who’s who of the so-called “Greatest Generation. with VP-40. then later the Finns’ erstwhile German allies). It was the Finns who found the fighter to be an acemaker. 2007. Above all. terribly weak landing gear. n ambitious large-format book.S. Its pilots. this book includes lots of photos.). Serving throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Lea’s tour up front left him with his own demons. “China hit me right between the eyes. or as groups relaxing on the flight line. Flying with the British and the Finns. Richard Hoffman. Brendan M.Professional Reading By Cmdr. especially the China / Burma / India Theater. (National Naval Aviation Museum Collection) 44 Naval Aviation News A Martin P5M-1 Marlin with VP-42 circa 1958. Simi Valley. Greeley Jr. For the aviation side. USN (Ret. This large book is an excellent compilation and well deserving of being included in anyone’s library. There is also the regular discussion of model kits of the subject aircraft. on the bridge of a ship. Ill. $22. or suiting up for that coming flight.95. $34. The examples of Lea’s work are shown in various media. Navy flying boat to see squadron service. O Because of the Buffalo’s extensive overseas employment. $40.” Often shown in a rumpled uniform and with a five-o’clock shadow on their jowls. its only combat use in U. As Lea said in 1944. the export version of the Buffalo.
S. Myers IV. Fleet Readiness Center East was announced in February as one of 25 winners in the 2009 CNO’s Environmental Awards. Awards In 2009. Thomas J. Karachi. nomination for the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. 15 January. as Commander. relief efforts in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake 12 January. Eisenhower (CVN 69). cleared roads. 6 April for the start of the second and final phase of the ship’s Africa deployment. arrived in Dakar. The deployment. Truman (CVN 75). the Commander. Bush (CVN 77). The aircraft will enhance the Pakistan Navy’s maritime patrol operations. 16 air-cushioned landing craft. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) on 2 November 2009. Naval Aviation News . at right. White) 46 On the Move A team of 30 people from U. Va. (Photo by MC2 Adrian T. W.People–Places–Planes Edited by Josh Phillips Milestones A U. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet completed the first captive carriage test of the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 variant at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake on 4 March. USS George H.S. the Navy’s 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. who was lost in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains after he spent the night alone in subfreezing temperatures. Miss. concluded its successful maiden deployment with arrival at its homeport of San Diego. Allen G.S. Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing U. 4th Fleet and U. and Pakistani officials commemorated the delivery of two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to the Government of Pakistan from the United States. and one of two commands chosen in the sustainability industrial installation awards category. The Green H goes to commands who demonstrate commitment to the health and welfare of their Sailors and Marines throughout the year.S. Bataan and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed support to Operation Unified Response and departed Haiti 24 March after 10 weeks on station.and rotary-wing aircraft participated in “Dawn Blitz. honoring the ship with the most outstanding aviation safety record for 2009. Naval Air Forces Atlantic.S. six days after a 7.S. 23 April. USS Bataan (LHD 5) was announced as a 2009 Force Health and Wellness Unit Award. Fleet Readiness Center East delivered the last H-53E to come out of desert retirement to HMT-302 on 7 May. made its initial. Talon Award. designed for use aboard Navy aircraft carriers. which supported operations in the U. Naval Air Forces. Fleet Forces Command presented the 2008 Battenberg Cup to the crew of the amphibious assault ship. U. Vice Adm. USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) departed the waters near Port-au-Prince. Southern Command deployed to Haiti in support of U.” the weeklong amphibious assault exercise in June at Camp Pendleton. An F/A-18C Hornet with the Rampagers of VFA-83 flies over the Kajaki Dam reservoir in Afghanistan in May 2010. along with an embarked international staff. the Sikorsky Golden Wrench Award. The battalion received the tasking the day Summer 2010 Elements from Enterprise and the Dragonslayers of HS-11 conducted an emergency medical evacuation from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) on 22 May. and provided construction support. The F/A-18 & EA-18G program office’s (PMA-265) Green Hornet team won the CNO’s Environmental Excellence Award in May. the CNO Safety Award. U. 60 amphibious assault vehicles. Haiti. In an induction ceremony held 1 June at Pakistan Naval Station Mehran. The Navy’s first littoral combat ship.S. Atlantic Fleet.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility from 2 January to 28 July 2010. USS Freedom (LCS 1). USS Denver (LPD 9) was selected for the second consecutive year for the annual CNO Ship-Helicopter Safety Award in May.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation. and a Commander. before and immediately began preparations to get the 690 short tons of cargo ready to roll. 3rd Fleet areas of responsibility. The commander of U. the first for its class. The ceremony marked the conclusion of Kilcline’s 37-year career as a naval aviator. came more two years ahead of schedule. and numerous fixed. 47 Scan Pattern The Navy search and rescue team assigned to NAWCWD China Lake delivered a late Christmas present to Ruben and Crystal Arroyo on 28 December 2009 as the crew saved the couple’s teenage son. during a ceremony aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) 1 July. conducted its first vertical replenishment with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) on 18 May.500 sailors and Marines. Naval Surface Forces. relieves Vice Adm. Battle Effectiveness Award. Ben Stickney) As part of interoperability operations with the French Navy. Coast Guard law enforcement det. taking the ship to three countries and through the U. including the Commander. Approximately 4. VFA-83 was embarked aboard USS Dwight D. a maintenance crew for the French aircraft Rafale F3 performed a 4 June jet engine swap-out on board USS Harry S. USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).S.. seven ships. Following a three-day cross-country delivery flight from Camp Pendleton. Cmdr. Kilcline Jr.. the ship’s third consecutive award. Atlantic Fleet. The first test version of the F-35C.S.S. Eighty Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 deployed to Haiti from Gulfport. Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing. 57-minute flight on 6 June. NMCB 7 Seabees removed debris. During a routine 3 April test flight.000th landing or “trap” since the ship got under way for flight-deck certification and carrier qualifications was completed on 27 May. the Grandmasters of HSL-46 won several awards. or Green “H. an MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle supported its first drug interdiction with USS McInerney (FFG 8) and a U. and 14 Seabee divers from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 deployed from Virginia Beach. a freshly overhauled UH-1N Huey arrived at NAS Patuxent River in April to become the only maritime science and technology test bed helicopter in DoD.” winner March 12 by Commander. 11 March. the flagship for Africa Partnership Station West. The ship arrived in Haiti 18 January. Senegal. the largest such exercise since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Lt. During flight operations the crew of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) briefly celebrated as the 1.
Thad Dobbert handed over the reins of VT-10 to Cmdr. Col. Cmdr. Peter A. Richard A. Wiley as the commanding officer of VRC-30 on 29 April. Fleet Readiness Centers.. Dupree from his duty as commanding officer of VAQ-209 on 7 November 2009. Col. Col. Gilbert J. Mark Storch passed the NAWCWD reigns to Capt. David Architzel took the helm of Naval Air Systems Command from Vice Adm. Buss relieved Rear Adm. Torgerson) Change of Command Capt. Warner III.Rear Adm. Hammond relieved Cmdr. John N. Matthews.A. Kenneth G. Cmdr. CV/CVA/CVS 12) will take place in Tucson. Va. The former crewmen of the USS Tarawa (CV/CVA/CVS 40) will be holding their next reunion in April 2011 in Baltimore. Cmdr. John W. Middleton relieved Cmdr. USS Pioneer (MCM 9). Reavey. Bulis as the commanding officer of VT-21 on 5 November 2009 at NAS Kingsville. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed NAS North Island for sea trials on 18 May. Cmdr. USS Freedom (LCS 1). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2010 exercises. Mark I. at a 25 March change of command ceremony for the Electronic Attack Weapons School. McIrvin relieved Cmdr. Ostrowski relieved Cmdr. Romeo A. USS Cleveland (LPD 7). Pete Hall relieved Capt. Robert Osterhoudt as commanding officer of VFA-41 on 23 October 2009 on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68). 465 Gardiner Rd. Eric Holmberg during a change of command ceremony on 15 January at NAWS China Lake. Fordham relieved Cmdr. Mathew Frost relieved Lt. Patrick R.. Stephen McKone as commanding officer of HSL-51 during a 3 May ceremony. Plummer assumed command of NAS Pensacola in April following the dismissal of Capt. Carson relinquished command of HMH-462 to Lt. Reunions The 2010 reunion for USS Sellers (DDG 11) will be held 30 September-3 October 2010 in Norfolk. For more information. Yelle relieved Cmdr. Hobmann as commanding officer of VR-55.com. USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). RI 02892. Timothy M. Mitchell as commanding officer of VR-48 on 6 November 2009. Md. 30 Jan. The event marks the first time that Ronald Reagan has been underway since 21 October 2009. Buckon as the commanding officer of VFA-31 on 5 February at NAS Oceana.org. USS Comstock (LSD 45).com. Jay A. or on the web at: http://www. Markus Gudmundsson relieved Cmdr. Cmdr. Brian M. Cmdr. Rear Adm. Mat Winter on 19 May. Commander. Brad Garber relieved Cmdr. Warren N. or on the web at http:// www. Vice Adm. on 20-24 October 2010. as Cmdr. Cmdr. 7th Fleet area of operations on 30 May as part of its regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. Fox relinquished command of Naval Strike Air Warfare Center to Rear Adm. Cmdr. VA 23453. Douglas Thompson from his command of HSL-46.W. Cmdr. Col. Sil Perrella relieved Cmdr. Larry A. He can be reached by phone at 757-615-7089 or by email at seldewcarwas@aol. Timothy S. Cmdr. Lt. Michael S. Clay Stackhouse to assume command of HT-28 on 4 December 2009 at NAS Whiting Field. mlrsinc. Ariz. Lipscomb III (USN) on 18 December 2009. VP-26 Tridents made history on 8 June when the squadron’s last P-3C Orion arrived at its new home at NAS Jacksonville. Christopher P. USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Sojourner on 7 May. when it completed its fourth deployment in four years. Rosario as commanding officer of VR-56 on 5 December 2009. Lot 35. Crews as commanding officer of VT-31on 10 December 2009. William A. Capt. Sidbury relieved Cmdr. Roaring Spring. Capt. Naval Aviation News Summer 2010 49 . Kelsey relieved Cmdr. John L. HSM-70 held its inaugural change of command ceremony on 14 May. Arthur delaCruz of command for VFA-22 on 27 May. Gagne took the helm as commanding officer of HSC-85 from Capt. David Venlet during an 18 May change of command ceremony at NAS Patuxent River. E. Philip R. William A. Brady Bartosh took the reigns of VX-31 from Capt. William S. Cmdr. and USS Sampson (DDG 102). (Photo by MC2 Nardelito Gervacio) Cmdr. on 20 November 2009. Robert H. The Peleliu (LHA 5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) entered the U. Darryl L. Roger W. McGuire (USCG) assumed the duties of commanding officer for VT-2 from Cmdr. Weinstock relieved Cmdr. Lt. Cmdr. Cmdr. William P. You can also call 814224-5063 or email hornetcva@aol. Enrique Sadsad as commanding officer of NAS Whiting Field on 5 November 2009. Chris A. Kovacich at a 24 September 2009 change of command ceremony for CVW-8. Mark E. Buckingham during a change of command ceremony for HSC-3 on 5 November. Kenneth R.usshornetassn. Johansen as commanding officer of VR-58 on 22 May. USS Benfold (DDG 65). Hearther relieved Cmdr. Japan. Ralph Lee. The 62nd reunion of USS Hornet (CV 8. and Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations. Virginia Beach. Kenneth E. please contact Delta Hinson as soon as possible at 2901 Bamberg Pl. Cmdr. mlrsinc. Cmdr. Rear Adm. second from right. Cmdr. Thomas A. An assumption of command ceremony took place in June. 23 June through 1 August. Carden F.com. Daniel K. including Ronald Reagan. Newman on 12 June. Jeffrey S. For more information contact Carl and Sandy Burket at P. Walsh. R. Cleary relieved Capt. USS McClusky (FFG 41). Herschel W.com/sellers. Christenson of his position as commanding officer of CSG12 on 20 October 2009 at Naval Station Norfolk. Kopp relieved Cmdr. Cmdr. Kevin Quarderer on 8 July at NAS Pensacola. Kevin J. Miller in an April ceremony at NAS Fallon. Col. The Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202) received a new commander on 16 January. USS Devastator (MCM 6). Ligon assumed command from acting program manager Cmdr. Paul C. W. please contact Cliff Gardner. (Photo by MC1 Shawn D. as Capt. Cmdr. Miller relieved Cmdr. If you served on Tarawa. PA 16673. on 18 May to conduct carrier qualifications in preparation for its upcoming annual deployment cycle.O. Box 108. Please visit the reunion web site at http://www. Long relieved Cmdr. Ships based at NB San Diego and NAS North Island began deploying on 15 June to the waters off Hawaii for the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise. Cmdr.S. David H. Kingston. Dennis R. USS Hopper (DDG 70). The George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Christopher W. Daniels on 26 May aboard MCAS Miramar. gets a tour of VAQ-132 at NAS Whidbey Island during a “Boots on the Ground” event on 23 June 2010. Naval Air Systems Command. James K.com/tarawa or http://www.usstarawavets. Capt. 48 Cmdr. Kennedy took command of HMLAT-303 from Lt. Walker of command of VAQ-139 at NAS Whidbey Island on 22 April. Jason R. Kevin Aanestad relieved Cmdr. Boots on the Ground is designed to give leaders the opportunity to interact directly with a command’s various components. by phone at: 401-539-1149.
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