The US Navy’s Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the sixth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) has successfully completed its carrier qualifications (CQ).
With this new development, both the CVW 5 pilots and the flight deck crew of USS George Washington proved their accuracy and proficiency in successfully landing and recovering aircraft.
CVW-5, the embarked air wing of George Washington, is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
George Washington flight deck officer lieutenant Eric Alexander said that such trainings will keep the crew trained and well prepared to operate at sea even during the ship’s six-month maintenance period.
According to Alexander, USS George Washington successfully performed approximately 100 arrested landings on the very first day of CQ.
CVW-5 commander captain William Koyama said: "We have to do this because we are always deployed.
"We do not get gradual work ups prior to cruise, so we have to be ready to quickly complete CQ and then get on with the business at hand.
"(George Washington) literally goes from zero to full speed on day one. We have to be ready to integrate as a team all the time. That’s what’s behind the ‘911’ nickname we have."
Earlier this month, USS George Washington’s engineering, weapons and air departments have successfully conducted the testing of critical firefighting systems.
During the test, the crew members onboard carried out tests on the carrier’s fire suppression systems, also know as countermeasure wash-down systems, which form a significant part of damage control efforts aboard the vessel.
Image: An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the USS George Washington. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist seaman Matthew Riggs / Released.