ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ENTERPRISE — Capt. William Hamilton stands on the footrest of his chair on the bridge, looking through a window and down at the flight deck below. A mechanical pencil, a notebook and an iPod Touch with a stopwatch program are all within arm’s reach.
The skipper is trying to prove his ship can quickly launch and recover airplanes, one of the requirements to certify the Navy’s oldest carrier as ready for its 22nd and final deployment.
The 50-year-old Enterprise is expected to deploy this spring to 5th Fleet. The launch-and-recovery drills at the end of January were part of a composite unit training exercise, a comprehensive final exam designed to prepare the carrier and its strike group for any type of operation, emphasizing those it is most likely to encounter when it deploys.
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`But I would highly recommend watching the entire thing because the launches surprise me just as much as the pilots......
To see the full account of this and other aircraft including two that were shot down go to http://www.lucky-devils.net/afm.html and scroll down to Day Three...."