Theodore Roosevelt on First Post-COVID Carrier Qualifications

September 23, 2020 = USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed Naval Air Station North Island, Sept. 23, to test the ship’s capabilities and to complete fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRS CQ). This is the first time the ship has been underway since returning from a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, July 9. “It is…

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Carl Vinson, Navy’s first operational F-35C squadron conduct flight deck certification

September 18, 2020 – USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) successfully completed several certifications, including flight deck certification (FDC) and carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) certification, Sept. 17, after nearly a week of flight deck operations designed to ready the carrier for future operations. The underway also marked the first time that Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Vinson, both…

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Completes Carrier Qualifications

June 2, 2020 – USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed carrier qualifications, June 2. During this period, Theodore Roosevelt qualified pilots from the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87, “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, “Black Knights” of VFA-154, “Liberty Bells” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, “The Gray…

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Gerald R Ford Commences Second Round of Carrier Qualifications

May 14, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the only carrier qualification (CQ) asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, commenced its second round of CQs for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots May 10, with a healthy and mission-focused crew. Ford, operating at-sea at the same time as four other U.S. aircraft carriers, is conducting its…

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Gerald R Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment

April 12, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) concluded its first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) for Naval aviators while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 4. The mission of the FRS is to train pilots, naval flight officers and maintainers on the specific front-line aircraft they have been assigned to fly. Some pilots may be…

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