The primary mission of the EP-3E ARIES II is accomplished by a multiple disciplines team of 24 -- 7 officers and 17 enlisted aircrew. The EP-3E typically carries three pilots, one navigator, three tactical evaluators, and one flight engineer. The remainder of the crew is composed of equipment operators, technicians, and mechanics. To identify the unique talents of it's officer and enlisted aircrew, VQ-2 uses the following terms: Electronic Warfare Mission Commander (EWMC); Electronic Warfare Aircraft Commander (EWAC); Senior Electronic Warfare Tactical Evaluator (SEVAL); and Electronic Warfare Operator (EWOP).
The EP-3E has unique operator and maintenance manpower requirements. The Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) provides direct support operators, as required, through area Cryptologic Shore Support Activities. The operation and maintenance of the Ground Support Station (GSS) II is provided by the Information Systems Technician (IT) rating. A Fleet Introduction Team is assigned to Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Detachment Indianapolis.
Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) enlisted aircrew members in the EP-3E ARIES II community serve dual roles, as both operators and maintenance technicians. The Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) provides direct support operators, as required, through area Cryptologic Shore Support Activities. The operation and maintenance of the GSS II is provided by the Information Systems Technician (IT) rating.
The EP-3E ARIES II SSIP is operated by a crew of 24 including eight officers and 16 enlisted aircrew personnel. This requirement remains unchanged from the basic EP-3E ARIES II. The following operator positions are directly affected by the EP-3E ARIES II SSIP:
- Positions 8, 10, and 11 remain ESM manual search positions. Position 9 becomes the Story Book operator.
- Naval Aviation Officer, position 14, will no longer be "I" branch capable and becomes a Story Teller operator.
- Scientific and Technology Operator, position 20, becomes "I" branch capable.
- NFO positions 12 and 13 become Story Teller operators.
Pilot and aircrew training for the EP-3E ARIES II is provided by Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Peculiar EP-3E ARIES II aircrew training has historically been provided by VQ-1 and VQ-2, under cognizance of the Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific, and Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, following completion of applicable signal recognition curricula at FASOTRAGRU DET, Whidbey Island.
Follow-on training for common EP-3E and P-3C maintenance is provided by Maintenance Training Unit (MTU) 1011, Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment (NAMTRAGRU DET) Jacksonville, Florida, and MTU 1012, NAMTRAGRU DET Whidbey Island, Washington. The EP-3E SST initiative shifted EP-3E ARIES II specific organizational maintenance training to MTU 1012 in FY97. Remaining training courses being shifted require new Course Identification Numbers (CINs) and training tracks.
All initial training for the EP-3E ARIES II SSIP has been completed. Follow-on training for EP-3E flight engineers and pilots is provided by Patrol Squadron Thirty. EP-3E/P-3C common maintenance training is provided by Maintenance Training Unit (MTU) 1011 Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment (NAMTRAGRU DET) Jacksonville, Florida, and MTU 1012 NAMTRAGRU DET Whidbey Island, Washington. Naval Flight Officers receive Inter-Service Navigation training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Basic and Advanced Electronic Warfare Officer training and EP-3E ARIES II specific aircraft operator training are held at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Detachment (FASOTRAGRU DET) Whidbey Island, Washington. Enlisted aircrew personnel receive Basic Electronic Warfare and EP-3E specific aircraft operator training at FASOTRAGRU DET Whidbey Island. Organizational level maintenance and intermediate level Mission Avionics Systems maintenance training is provided by MTU 1012 NAMTRAGRU DET Whidbey Island. NAVSECGRU Communications Evaluators and Special Operators will receive EP-3E specific aircraft operator training at FASOTRAGRU DET Whidbey Island.
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