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
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]