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ROUGH RIDER USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

AUGUST 28, 2013 • DAILY

TR executes Phase II PALS AFFF Testing


phase II FLIGHT OPERATIONS NEAR

PALS

story by MCSN Stephane Belcher photos by MC3 Eric Norcross and MCSN Bounome Chanphouang

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SS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) tested the Precision Aircraft Landing System (PALS) during phase II certification. Phase II PALS certifies that the SPN 46 Radar, or better known as “easy rider”, is working properly. This phase is more complex now that the ship is underway. The easy rider must pick up and lock onto aircraft while the ship is moving, though the aircraft don’t land. The ship will begin landing aircraft on the flight deck with the next PALS certification scheduled for this fall. “When we were sitting in Newport News it was as steady as can be,” said Air-traffic Controller (AC) 1st Class Viana Gros, referring to the first PALS certification. “Now we’re a moving target out to sea. It’s a little bit more difficult. Everything is moving and shifting. It’s about making sure the parameters of everything work properly.” Gros has been with the ship since it was in dry dock. She has seen the progress and is excited to see where the ship is going. “I’m enjoying it,” said Gros. “When I first checked onboard everything was all torn up and we were on 50th street in dry dock. Now we’re actually pulling away. We’re brand new.” Being underway provides Sailors the opportunity to get first-hand experience on the new equipment in an operational environment. “It’s amazing,” said Lt. Paul Greenough, the ship’s carriercontrolled-approach officer. “In the 18 months I’ve been onboard, everything is new. All of our radar scopes are brand new and our computer systems. Everything is upgraded as much as you can upgrade it.” Once all PALS certifications are complete the ship will bring flight operations back to where they belong, aboard Theodore Roosevelt.

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Cover: The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft carrier is underway for the first time in four years conducting sea trials. 1. Interior Communications Specialists Kijuanus Kelly communicates to the air boss while operating precision aircraft landing system (PALS) aboard Theodore Roosevelt. 2. Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Coleman observes Precision Aircraft Landing System (PALS) flyovers aboard Theodore Roosevelt. 3. Theodore Roosevelt tests its Precision Aircraft Landing System (PALS) with jet flyovers.4.


counter measure

WASH DOWN

photos by MCSN Bounome Chanphouang (JP), MCSN Anthony Hilkowski and MC3 Health Zeigler

Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt conduct a counter measure wash down after Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) system testing. AFFF testing is done to check for malfunctioning spray heads.


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During a rare exercise involving U.S. and Chinese naval forces in the Gulf of Aden, the two countries’ navies landed helicopters on each other’s ships for the first time. Commodore Joseph Naman, a U.S. Navy captain and commander of Destroyer Squadron 50, called it “a significant milestone.” In what could potentially be a small-scale rehearsal for the large-scale RIMPAC 2014 exercise in the Pacific, the two-day bilateral exercise in the Gulf of Aden that ended Sunday focused on counter-piracy operations. The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the Chinese destroyer Harbin conducted a series of drills that included members of both navies taking part in on-board search-and-

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seizure drills, live-fire proficiency and aviation operations, the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet said. “For me and for my crew, it was one of those once-in-a-career experiences,” said Cmdr. D. Wilson Marks, commander of the USS Mason. One of the events involved a combined U.S. and Chinese team boarding a Chinese oil tanker that was role-playing as a pirated vessel. The scenario included hostages and a mock medical emergency. The joint exercise comes in the wake of a meeting earlier this month between China’s defense minister, Gen. Chang Wanquan, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Both spoke of the importance of building a military-to-military relationship between the two countries, which often are politically at odds.

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‘Little Doubt’ Syria Gassed Opposition Calling Lethal Attack ‘a Moral Obscenity’

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By Adam Entous, Dion Nissenbaum and Maria Abi-Habib, WALL STREET JOURNAL In harsh, uncompromising language, Secretary of State John Kerry began laying out the U.S. case for possible military action against Syria, saying there was undeniable evidence that chemical weapons had been used in a deadly attack against a rebel enclave and that it was "a moral obscenity." Obama administration planning centers on carrying out any U.S. and allied strikes on Syria as part of a coalition without United Nations backing, U.S. and European officials said. Such a route could raise international law concerns but would let the administration avoid a potentially protracted diplomatic fight at the U.N. with Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's main backer on the Security Council. The U.S. has stepped up contacts with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and the Arab League about

supporting such an operation. The U.S.'s stepped-up public rhetoric and war planning laid the groundwork for President Barack Obama to make a swift decision on launching airstrikes, even as administration officials made clear they are still awaiting the results of a final U.S. intelligence assessment on alleged chemical attacks last week that activists and rebels say killed more than 1,000 Syrians. For now, senior administration officials said the U.S. has concluded there is "no doubt" chemical weapons were used in the incident. The administration said the evidence leaves "little doubt" that forces loyal to Mr. Assad were responsible for using the chemical weapons. U.S. intelligence agencies are now in the process of firming up those conclusions, officials said.

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RED CARPET

“Rough Riders, I go ashore inspired by your accomplishments today and I know that the rough rider team is exactly the right team to take the ship forward and get it ready to execute the rest of our agenda.” -Adm. John Richardson, Naval Reactors, during his visit aboard TR.

DOWN 1. Tears 2. Biblical garden 3. Roman emperor 4. Meal in a shell 5. Indolence 6. Orange pekoe 7. A musical interval of eight tones 8. Procedure 9. Certain 10. Flight attendant 11. Roof overhangs 12. Banish 13. Streamlets 18. Alkaline liquid 24. Astern 25. Segments of DNA 26. Thorny flower 27. Affirm 28. Close 29. Illogical

31. Bluefin 33. He plays a role 34. Buddy 36. Doing nothing 37. Away from the wind 38. Not more 42. Short-tailed monkey 43. Furrow maker 45. Push forcefully 47. Complete 48. San Antonio fort 49. Risk 51. A high alpine meadow 52. League members 54. Emollient 56. Snip 57. Conceal 58. A Freudian stage 59. In order to prevent 62. “Eureka!”

ACROSS 1. Leases 6. Spinning toys 10. Clairvoyant 14. Something to shoot for 15. Beige 16. Cab 17. Coffeepot 19. Wicked 20. Bigheaded 21. Card with one symbol 22. Water source 23. Throw with effort 25. Oxygen and helium, for example 26. Hindu princess 30. Suppurate 32. Ham it up 35. Ancient timepiece 39. Seek 40. Sewing tool

41. Typographical error 43. Bothers 44. Chief ingredient in ketchup 46. Views 47. Snouted animal 50. Swindle 53. Margarine 54. Tavern 55. Deadly 60. Mountain pool 61. Turquoise 63. Dogfish 64. Verdant 65. King with a golden touch 66. Take it easy 67. Anagram of “Meat” 68. Refine metal

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