Aircraft Carrier USS George HW Bush Certified for Flight Ops
Focus on Defense:
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea, May 29, 2009 -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) reached another milestone when she successfully completed her first flight deck certification May 26.
An aircraft carrier's flight deck certification is a two-part certification that ensures the crew can safely and effectively conduct independent flight operations.
The Navy's newest aircraft carrier, along with the aircraft and personnel of Carrier Air Wing 1 and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 safely completed 695 catapult launches and arrested landings while underway in the Atlantic Ocean May 18-29. The event was evaluated by Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic and received a stamp of approval.
According to Capt. Jeffrey Austin, George H.W. Bush air boss, it was hard work, dedication and can-do attitude that achieved this certification.
"This is a significant milestone in the history of our ship," said Austin. "I couldn't be more pleased."
George H.W. Bush, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk is the 10th and final Nimitz-class carrier. She was commissioned Jan. 10 at Naval Station Norfolk.
(Report from a USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs news release.)
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