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Kitty Hawk Successfully Completes SRA with Sea Trials

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Story Number: NNS050124-09
Release Date: 1/24/2005 5:40:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Christopher Koons, USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs

USS KITTY HAWK, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) ship's restricted availability (SRA) successfully came to an end with the conclusion of sea trials Jan. 15.

Kitty Hawk had been in SRA for the past four months conducting various repairs and upgrades inside the ship.

In order to assure that Kitty Hawk is mission ready, a series of tests were performed on equipment during the ship's sea trials, the final portion of SRA.

Some of the final portions of SRA included rudder swing checks, which tested the ship's ability to maneuver in extreme measures. High-speed runs were conducted to see how the ship's propulsion system would react when put under the stresses of steaming at high speeds for extended periods of time.

In addition to ensuring the ship can maintain high speeds and still maneuver well, the ship also tested many of its self-defense systems.

Also during sea trials, combat systems' weapons division ran tests such as the operational combat system operability test (OCSOT), according to Fire Controlman 3rd Class Deffrey Moore, of weapons systems maintenance division.

"[OCSOT] is basically a test of interfaces between the target acquisition system, fire control system, and the NATO Sea Sparrow and rolling airframe missile defense systems," said Moore.

After the tests, Rear Adm. Jamie Kelly, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5, congratulated Kitty Hawk's crew on their performance.

"Cmdr. Sassone (Cmdr. Jeff Sassone, head of Kitty Hawk's weapons department and ship's SRA coordinator) and everyone else involved did a superb job," he said. "Kitty Hawk is now in better shape than it's ever been."

The success of the SRA far exceeded expectations for the ship's leaders, as well.

"In my 31 years of experience, this has been the most productive SRA I've seen," said Sassone.

"We've done 314,164 man-hours of work on the ship and accomplished 3,481 jobs," he said. "Kitty Hawk exceeded all of its goals for SRA. Each department did extremely well."

All Kitty Hawk Sailors should be proud of themselves for the ship's performance during SRA, said Capt. Thomas Parker, Kitty Hawk's commanding officer.

"Organization was the key to our success," said Parker. "If we have more SRAs like this one, we should remain in pretty good shape."

The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Cowpens (CG 63), and Destroyer Squadron 15.

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