ABE, ABF, ABH
Aviation Boatswain's Mates play a major part in launching and recovering naval aircraft quickly and safely from land or ships. This includes preparing and fueling planes prior to take-off and after landing. They may specialize in launching and recovering aircraft on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, ABE; aircraft fueling and fuel systems, ABF; or aircraft handling, fire fighting and salvage and rescue operations, ABH. Later in their careers ABs can earn the advanced AB rating that requires supervision of all these individual specialties.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Aircraft Handler - (ABH)
The duties performed by ABHs include supervising the movement, spotting and securing of aircraft and equipment ashore and afloat. They perform crash rescue, fire fighting, crash removal and damage control duties in connection with launch and recovery of aircraft, and perform aircraft-handling duties related to the operation of launching and recovery of naval aircraft.
The V0 Division consists of:
The Air Department Office is the organizational
center for the divisions of the air department.
The Air Department Office is responsible for
the paperwork of the department as a whole.
The Air Boss, together with the Mini Boss
supervise all departmental functions.The two
are ultimately responsible for the successful
accomplishment of the Air Departments mission:
To conduct aircraft handling, parking, launching,
recovering and fueling operations, including
control of airborne aircraft in the immediate
vicinity of INDEPENDENCE."
Pri Fly assists the Air Boss and the Mini Boss aka
Assistant Air Boss in running a smooth launch
and recovery operation. This is accomplished
by keeping an up to date status board of the
day's flying schedule.
The Landing Signal Officer (LSO or Paddles).
During recovery operations, approaching aircraft
receive "coaching" on their landing technique from
the Landing Signal Officer. Assisting the LSO are
two phone talkers that make a visual inspection
of each approaching aircraft to insure that the
wheels and tailhook are down and locked.
As the hub of the entire Air Department, more than 700 Sailors depend upon the outstanding administrative support provided by the V-0 Division . From evaluations and awards to re-enlistments and retirements, every facet of vital administrative needs are met with unmatched attention to detail. Providing 24/7 service with a smile, Air Admin personnel are hard chargers who take great pride in leading to excellence. Whether staffing the office, manning the LSO platform or filling vital positions in the control tower, V-0 personnel are truly levels above the rest!
V-1 division is complied of several work centers, each supporting the mission of the carrier and the embarked air wing. These Sailors are responsible for the security and movement of aircraft on the flight deck, towing, and elevator operations. V-1 provides a crucial link in leading the air wing's impressive sortie completion rate, while setting a benchmark in flight deck performance standards across the boards.
Good. Better. Best. Never rest until your good is better. And your better is best. This describes the more than 200 personnel in V-2. Maintaining and operating four steam catapults, five arresting gear wires and the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFOLS), they ensure the safe launch and recovery of all aircraft during arduous combat operations. Working long hours is a common trademark of the V-2 team. Sporting green jerseys and weary smiles, these young men and women take great pride in launching and recovering a 30-ton aircraft in the area smaller than a football field. Although averaging a mere 22 years of age, they definitely can be counted on to get the job done.
In the land where mere inches is plenty of room to move a 30-ton aircraft lives the world's finest Aviation Boatswain's Mates Handlers. The hard-charging motivated ABH's of the Hangar Deck keep their work tight, because they must consistently make tight moves.
The men and women of V-4 can amassed some impressive numbers during deployment, including receipt of more than 18 million gallons of fuel and distribution of more than 17 million gallons to embarked aircraft. The Quality Assurance Lab is responsible for taking thousands of fuel samples each month, resulting in a total of more than 30,000 during the deployment. During an average day of flight operations, 140 to 150 birds are fueled for a total of more than 14,000 aircraft during cruise. Not only do V-4's "Grapes" pump fuel to aircraft, they provide aviation lube oil to the catapults and JP-5 to yellow gear, liberty boats and emergency diesel generators.