Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Face of Defense

Face of Defense: George Washington Sailors Keep Aircraft Flying

By Navy Seaman Matthew Riggs, Courtesy Article.
USS George Washington  – (AFPS) – June 12, 2014 – Aircraft maintainers serving aboard here help keep the carrier’s planes mission ready.

Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington fight a simulated fire during a mass casualty drill on the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the United States and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington fight a simulated fire during a mass casualty drill on the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the United States and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr.

Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department 2nd Division disassembles, repairs, rebuilds and tests specialized jet engines used by the George Washington’s aircraft.

“We’re basically the ship’s engine repair shop,” said Navy Seaman Jacob Lichty, from Waterloo, Iowa. “Our job is to ensure every jet engine we receive is perfectly ready to go in every way possible.”

According to Lichty, the carrier’s Super Hornet aircraft use two F414 jet engines and each engine is capable of producing more than 21,000 pounds of thrust. “We used to use the F404, but this newer iteration is much more powerful, lighter, and generally much more efficient,” Lichty said.

The engines are split into several component parts called modules. Each module is dedicated to a particular part of the engine’s function. For example, the afterburner delivers more fuel into the engine, which boosts the aircraft’s thrust by more than 50 percent.

“These engines have six different modules,” said Navy Seaman Corbin Riley, from Akron, Ohio. “We rarely ever have to fix an entire engine; we replace particular modules or install newer ones as necessary.”

According to Riley, the jet engine maintenance shop has a time to repair or replenish schedule that allows each job to typically take less than 32 working hours.

The amount of work the mechanics perform depends on how often the air wing is flying. Engines only need to be serviced once they reach a state called "high time." “High time is defined as more than 3,000 total hours of use,” said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Ligtenburg, from Amboy, Illinois. “To give an example of how long that is, I’ve worked here for two years and I have never seen the same engine twice.”

Jet engines are incredibly sturdy but remain vulnerable. A single foreign object getting inside an engine can damage or ruin it. “Although we have enough space and personnel to work on two engines at once, we prefer to only work on one at a time to keep us from mixing up parts or paperwork. Foreign object damage is something we focus to avoid,” Ligtenburg said.

The jet engine shop performs intermediate level maintenance. More extensive repair requires sending engines to shore facilities that are better equipped to work on module assemblies. “We basically act as the quick repair shop for the jets,” Ligtenburg said. “However, we can only do so much with the equipment we have to maintain these engines.”

Contact Author

Related Sites:
USS George Washington


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact