An F/A-18E Super Hornet recently landed aboard USS Gerald R. Ford’s flight deck marking the 1,000th recovery of a fixed wing aircraft using Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) on March the 19th.
The U.S. Navy say that this significant milestone in the ships’ history began on July 28th, 2017 with Ford’s first fixed wing recovery and launch using its first-in-class AAG and EMALS technologies.
Capt. J.J. “Yank” Cummings, Ford’s commanding officer, said in a release:
“I couldn’t be more proud of our crew, their motivation is amazing,” said Cummings.
“We’ve been working extremely hard to get here today, and to see this 1,000th trap completely validates their efforts and the technology on this warship.”
Lt. Scott Gallagher, assigned to VFA 34, said:
“There are a lot of people who are working night and day to make sure that this ship is ready to go be a warship out in the world,” said Gallagher.
“To be a part of that; and this deck certification is super cool. Also getting the 1,000th trap helps the ship get one step closer to being the warship that it needs to be.”
With 1,000 launches and recoveries complete, Ford will continue its flight deck and combat air traffic control certifications in preparation to deliver to the fleet regular flight operations in support of East Coast carrier qualifications say the U.S. Navy.