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.