Will Fly 70 Sorties Per Day
Crews aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air
Wing (CVW) 9 began conducting cyclic flight operations off the
coast of Southern California on June 21.
The training is the next step in Stennis and CVW-9's work-ups
for their next deployment.
"For us, it’s the next big step toward achieving our
battle rhythm," said CVW-9 Assistant Strike Operations Officer Lt.
Eric Sinibaldi. "It’s about being able to launch, fly the
mission, and recover quickly, safely and smoothly."
With approximately 70 aircraft aboard, Stennis and CVW-9 will
enter cyclic flight operations by flying about 70 sorties a day,
said Sinibaldi. Over the next couple weeks, the flight tempo will
be increased to 90 to 100 sorties per day.
"Up to this point, we flew carrier qualifications (CQ)," said
Stennis’ Assistant Air Operations Officer Lt. Rick Payne.
"Now we have progressed from simply launching, flying around the
pattern and recovering aircraft, to launching, flying missions and
According to Payne, it is the first time the ship and CVW have
been able to conduct cyclic flight operations since the end of
2004. It marks a dramatic increase in overall integration of the
ship and the carrier air wing.
"This is the essential piece of combat readiness," said
Stennis’ Commanding Officer, Capt. Brad Johanson. "Cyclic
flight operations are strike warfare focused to achieve power
projection in the international war on terrorism. This is what we
will be doing when we go to the Persian Gulf next year."
(Aero-News salutes Journalist 1st Class (SW/AW) Chris
Fowler, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs)