One of the most important roles on any ship is ensuring fire protection. The US Navy’s latest Super Carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, is no exception.
The ship received a very important training tool this week, the emptied shell of an F-18 Hornet fighter jet. This aircraft shell will be used by crew to practice fire fighting exercises, to ensure a proper response in the event of any mishaps on the flight deck or in the ship’s hangar.
The difference between an appropriate response and a delayed response in this instance can cost the lives of thousands of Sailors. Loads of jet fuel and munitions crammed in a very tight space, in addition to the hair-raising flight deck landings going on above, makes fire response on Super Carriers among the most critical of any in the world.
Proper training and regular exercises involving the new fire she’ll aircraft will ensure Sailors respond to any incidents as efficiently as possible.