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Enterprise Flight Deck Open for Business

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Story Number: NNS051019-05
Release Date: 10/19/2005 9:21:00 AM

By Journalist 2nd Class Daniel Vaughan, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At sea (NNS) -- An S-3B Viking from the “Maulers” of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 signified the start of USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) return to operational status as the aircraft touched down on the Big E’s flight deck Oct. 17 - the first aircraft to land on the ship’s flight deck in more than a year.

Members of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 have been on board Enterprise since the aircraft carrier departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 13 for sea trials after completing an Extended Selected Restricted Availability at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News, Va.

Following the successful completion of sea trials, the ship began its flight deck certification.

“We’re here to support the Enterprise team in certifying the flight deck, as well as ship familiarization for our squadron and wing personnel,” said CVW-1 Command Master Chief CMDCM (SW) Robert Gudge.

Both Gudge and Enterprise Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/SS) Robin Spelman agree that it’s good to have the air wing back aboard. “I have been extremely pleased with how everything is coming together,” said Spelman.

“It’s been a year-plus since CVW-1 has been on board Enterprise,” said Gudge. “We’re one ship, one team, and to be here, to take part in Enterprise’s flight deck cert, as well as in prep for TSTA (Tailored Ship’s Training Availability) coming up later this month, we’re the natural choice, and we needed to be here.”

Enterprise and the squadrons of CVW-1 will conduct TSTA in November in preparation for an anticipated Spring 2006 deployment.


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