29 Jun '13, 9pm

USS Wasp passes aviation certification @FlyNavy

USS WASP, At Sea (NNS) -- Helicopters and AV-8B Harrier jets roared to life on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) June 24-27 as crew members went to work qualifying and passing the Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic Aviation Certification (AVCERT) 1.4 Bravo. A large portion of the crew tasked with major parts of the graded AVCERT are fresh from boot camp or newly transferred making the process even harder than normal, but Wasp Sailors were ready for the challenge. "When the ATG staff came aboard Wasp for the AVCERT they came to a ship whose crew was fully prepared," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Steven Vlasich, flight deck leading chief petty officer. "We knew from the last underway when ATG was aboard our crew had a good grasp on the operating and safety procedures for aircraft." To prepare for the upcoming AVCERT Air Depar...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=75118

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