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Joint Operations Help USS Gettysburg Achieve 10,000th Aircraft Check-in of Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS131215-08
Release Date: 12/15/2013 9:46:00 PM

By Ensign Kiley Provenzano, Public Affairs, USS Gettysburg (CG 64)

GULF OF OMAN (December 6, 2013) (NNS) -- Guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducted its 10,000th aircraft check-in while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 6.

Gettysburg communicates with aircraft conducting support operations throughout Afghanistan and the Middle East. Part of that responsibility includes working with joint military forces.

'The exchange between the Gettysburg and the U.S. Air Force has led to an immense level of understanding and made it possible for full integration of service branches in order to successfully complete the mission.' said Lt. Justin Kelch, liaison officer between Gettysburg and Air Force support in the region.

Gettysburg is responsible for controlling aircraft operating within the area, regardless of their branch of service.

As aircraft move in and out of the region, watch standers aboard Gettysburg communicate with pilots, checking their communications systems, radars, and sensors to ensure the aircraft is able to safely conduct their mission.

A team of three Sailors helped achieved this milestone. Known as air intercept controllers, they are capable of checking, controlling, and communicating with aircraft supporting joint operations.

'[Air Force] pilots and our team worked successfully together to ensure we both received the training we needed,' said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Bamby, one of Gettysburg's aircraft controllers. 'Having the opportunity to work with the Air Force has made me more confident in our ability to conduct joint operations.'

Gettysburg is currently deployed as part of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U. S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.



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