Into the Fold: F-35C Carrier Qualifications Aboard Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed fleet carrier qualifications (CQ) for the F-35C Lightning II program, marking another milestone for the new aircraft, while underway March 17-21. Pilots assigned to the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and the “Grim Reapers” of VFA 101 accomplished day and night qualifications with 140 traps in anticipation of F-35C operational testing…

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Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11. Along with Abraham Lincoln, the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, and VX-9 accomplished many first steps including first-time…

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USS John C. Stennis completes at-sea training period

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to its homeport of Bremerton after a successful three-week underway period, Sept. 22. During the underway, the longest since completing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard five days ahead of schedule, the crew accomplished important milestones in their return to operations by conducting training, testing systems and equipment, and…

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Carrier Air Wing 5 completes carrier qualifications

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed carrier qualifications, Sept. 9-12. To certify, Ronald Reagan and CVW-5 were required to conduct approximately 200 sorties, take-offs and landings, as well as demonstrate proficiency in flight related operations during both day and night. Each pilot must complete four landings during the day and one…

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Future Pilots Make First Arrested Landings on Ike

February 13, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) is currently underway hosting pilots-in-training for their carrier qualifications (CQs). CQs are an instrumental part of the naval aviation training process and the first time these prospective pilots will execute an arrested landing on an aircraft carrier. “We go through about a year and a half of training,…

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