Browsing: Maritime operations

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play. 2200 “Taps! Taps! Lights out! All hands return to their racks and maintain silence about the decks. Taps.” Scoop Deck makes one more trip to Pri Fly to see how the evening’s quals are going. So far, so good. Tonight, the pilots will wrap up two days of carrier landings. Tomorrow, they will shift into cyclic flight operations, which are mission oriented. We’re about 50 miles east southeast of the Outer Banks. As such, the fighters will take advantage…

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.   1800 Scoop Deck has laid down the challenge. We have a couple of open hours, and we want to spend them with some deck plate leaders, some sailors who are never in the spotlight and some petty officers who are making a big difference. MC1 (SW/AW) Denise Davis of the public affairs office answered that challenge well.

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.  Cmdr. William Bulis is Truman’s new Air Boss. He’s the one who keeps the chaos under control. (Photo by Lance M. Bacon) 1715 We’re one deck above the bridge, and six stories above the flight deck, in a tight space called “Pri Fly” (short for Primary Flight Control). This is the nerve center for flight ops on the carrier. From his chair the Air Boss, Cmdr. William Bulis, controls the launches, landings and patterns of aircraft flying near the…

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play. Capt. Jay “Spock” Bynum talks with Scoop Deck as closed circuit TV gives live feed of an F/A-18 trap over his shoulder. (Photos by Lance M. Bacon) 1630 Scoop Deck is in the office of Capt. Jay “Spock” Bynum. This is a pretty cool meeting – some 20 years ago, Spock and I were aboard Independence as she kicked off Operation Desert Shield. I was with the Marine Detachment and he was a lieutenant with the VFA-113 Stingers. Small…

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.   ABCS (AW/SW) Ernest Taylor (left) gives Scoop Deck a full tour of the flight deck during flight ops (Photos by Lance M. Bacon) 1445 Scoop Deck has hooked up with ABCS (AW/SW) Ernest Taylor, the safety LCPO. We spend the next 45 minutes traversing the flight deck – 4.5 acres of controlled chaos.

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.    The view from the Mini Boss’ seat in Pri Fly as Rockhound launches from catapult 1. (Photo by Lance M. Bacon) 1400 Scoop Deck has copped a squat in Ready Room 7, home of the VFA-105 Gunslingers, based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. This F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron boasts a storied history, and a number of “nuggets” – junior pilots on their first operational deployment.

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon took a day trip with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead this week. This is the play-by-play report. 1915 Dinner time. CS1 Russell Allison served up a field green salad with citrus vinaigrette that opened the festivities, followed by spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast with white wine cream sauce. Wild rice and sautéed green beans accompanied, and culminated with cheesecake that could make your tongue smack your forehead. I’m beginning to think we should host a cook-off among this squadron’s culinary specialists. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific, (right) and…

Tell Congress to rest easy – there may be a new way to cover shipbuilding costs. The Pakistan Navy in late February sealed the deal to buy the 30-year-old frigate McInerney for $78 million. This is a real bargain for Pakistan, which is getting one versatile ship. The second ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, Mac has twice received the “Hook ‘Em” Award for excellence in Anti-Submarine Warfare, was awarded the Battle “E” during the first Gulf War, has served above the Arctic Circle and as part of SouthCom’s counter-drug operations. Most notably, the ship on Sept. 13, 2008,…

Top Photo:  A helicopter of the Chinese naval fleet patrols above the Gulf of Aden on Feb. 25 to ensure ships’ safety from pirates. Bottom Photo:  About 50 suspected pirate vessels approach a ship escorted by the Chinese naval fleet in the Gulf of Aden. The vessels harassed the 31 Chinese and foreign ships that the naval fleet was escorting. They were driven out soon after the fleet dispatched vessels and helicopters. These photos were sent to Navy Times and accompanied by a blunt question: “Will historians look back at this as the first signs of declining U.S. influence worldwide…

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