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Loading F-18 Fire Shell on USS Gerald R Ford

NORFOLK (Nov. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department onload an F/A-18 Hornet shell onto the ship’s flight deck. The aircraft shell will be used for training by Sailors to simulate firefighting response to aircraft casualties. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

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.

Ensure a proper response in the event of any mishaps on the flight deck or in the ship’s hangar.

NORFOLK (Nov. 4, 2019) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jynishia Hines, from Lakeland, Florida, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, prepares to manuever an F/A-18 Hornet shell on the ship’s flight deck. The aircraft shell will be used for training by Sailors to simulate firefighting response to aircraft casualties. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

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.

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NORFOLK (Nov. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department onload an F/A-18 Hornet shell onto the ship’s flight deck. The aircraft shell will be used for training by Sailors to simulate firefighting response to aircraft casualties. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

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.

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NORFOLK (Nov. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department onload an F/A-18 Hornet shell onto the ship’s flight deck. The aircraft shell will be used for training by Sailors to simulate firefighting response to aircraft casualties. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

Proper training and regular exercises involving the new fire she’ll aircraft will ensure Sailors respond to any incidents as efficiently as possible.