215,000 Traps and Ike is Still Counting | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.17.14 **
** Airborne 09.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.15.14 **
** Airborne 09.12.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.12.14 **

Fri, May 13, 2005

215,000 Traps and Ike is Still Counting

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) reached a significant milestone in her long and storied history May 4, trapping her 215,000th aircraft since the ship's commissioning in 1977.

The historic landing comes after completing a comprehensive four-year Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in March.

“This is a major milestone for an aircraft carrier to reach 215,000 traps,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) (AW) Frederick Hardy, leading chief petty officer of air department’s V-2 arresting gear division.

“It’s a real morale builder for these guys because we are up 17 to 18 hours a day underway, and recognition is good,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Luisito Castro, petty officer in charge of arresting gear engine one.

Sailors from Ike’s V-2 Division were especially thrilled to be a part of the occasion. During the RCOH, Sailors from Ike’s V-2 Division put the arresting gear engines back together. The ship has come a long way since then.

“A group of young Sailors have brought the arresting gear engines from scratch and taken them to where they are now,” said Hardy. “[Carriers] usually average [6,000] to 8,000 arrests during a deployment,” he added.

With those averages, Ike has been a busy carrier over the years. Maintaining the arresting gear engines and cables on an aircraft carrier is no small task.

“Sailors from V-2 stand 14 to 15 hours a day of watch, then three to four hours of maintenance,” said Hardy.

The Sailors from V-2 are diligently working morning and night to make sure the arresting gear engines are maintained to the highest degree. With their capable hands, Ike is primed for another 215,000 traps. [ANN Thanks Photographer's Mate Airman Christopher Molinari, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs]

FMI: www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn69

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.17.14: Boeing/SpaceX Win CCtCap, Flying Docs Endorse, Jetpack Bucks

Also: Chris Heintz, Lear 70/75 Certs, Beluga Birthday, Leap Frogs 9/11 Jump Cancelled, Lawyers Sue NTSB The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of >[...]

Aero-Analysis: The Choice Has Been Made

NASA Down-Selects Spacecraft For The “Commercial Crew” Program Just after 4:00 pm Eastern Time, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced the agency’s choice of>[...]

Aero-TV: MGL’s Mighty Mite – The Tremendously Versatile Discovery Lite

Small But Feature-Packed, The Discovery Lite Impresses While at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, checks in at the MGL exhibition to see how glass p>[...]

Latest Space Item Up For Auction Is A Viking Lander Engine

>[...]

Reno Results Questioned By Some Fans And Pilots

Committee Judge Ruled That Thom Richard Crossed The Showline, Was Disqualified Sunday, Sept. 14 concluded what was one of the most competitive National Championship Air Races in re>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC