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Aviation Boatswain's Mate

This group is for all ABs (ABE/ABF/ABH) family and friends!

"Guardians of the Flight Deck"...

Website: http://www.navydads.ning.com/group/aviation-boatswain-s-mate-ab
Members: 47
Latest Activity: Oct 6

Job Description:

- ABs Rates & Rating -

  • E-1 Airman Recruit (ABEAR/ABFAR/ABHAR)
  • E-2 Airman Apprentice (ABEAA/ABFAA/ABHAA)
  • E-3 Airman (ABEAN/ABFAN/ABHAN)
  • E-4 Petty Officer Third Class (ABE3/ABF3/ABH3)
  • E-5 Petty Officer Second Class (ABE2/ABF2/ABH2)
  • E-6 Petty Officer First Class (ABE1/ABF1/ABH1)
  • E-7 Chief Petty Officer (ABEC/ABFC/ABHC)
  • E-8 Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (ABCS)
  • E-9 Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (ABCM)

ABs are ships company, not air-wing personnel. They work with and maintain catapults and arresting gear (green shirts), aviation fuel supply systems (grapes), and move aircraft on the hangar deck and flight deck (yellow shirts). They wear red shirts when they man the crash-and-salvage and fire fighting equipment. They do maintenance below decks where their equipment is housed-the parts you can't see on the flight deck...

The Air Department aboard the Aircraft Carrier consists of the following Divisions:

V-1 Division - responsible for moving aircraft on the flight deck and "spotting" catapults. They are also responsible for making sure the flight deck is free of foreign object debris (FOD).

V-2 Division - maintains and operates all of the catapult launching and arresting gear.

V-3 Division - has about 80 people and is responsible for moving aircraft in the hangar bay.

V-4 Division - has about 50-60 people who work on the flight deck; fueling aircraft, defueling aircraft and repairing fuel stations.

V-5 Division - consisting of approximately 15 Sailors, handles primary flight control. This division works with the air boss and keeps track of all of the aircraft.

Five People control Operations on the Flight Deck:

Air Boss - directs all aspects of flight deck operations from Primary Flight Control, the carrier's control tower, including launching, recovery and shipboard handling of the aircraft.

Mini Boss - the Air Boss' assistant in directing operations on the flight deck.

The Handler - directs the handling of the aircraft on the flight deck and in the hangar bay.

Air Bos'n - supervises crash crews and fire parties in handling aircraft emergencies during flight and general Quarters.

LSO - Landing Signal Officer, monitors and directs the final approach and landing of every fixed wing aircraft.



The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Prayer

I am convinced, Our Father, that your fondest feelings are reserved
for the least pretentions and most genuine of us.
I am sure that Aviation Boatwain's Mates are some of your favorites.
Certainly Aviation Boatwain's Mates have yet to find the virtues of
humility, or soft-spokenness or gentleness...
They do lead with their jaws...
And they always seem to be more ready to fight than to switch.
They can be singled out by their red eyes,
and by a grubbiness, which is a mark of their trade.
But their wills match their strong backs...
And their love of each other is a wondrous thing to behold.
They are the salt of the deck...
And the saltiness is honest and open...
And they are uniquely Your sons. We are grateful for them...
As you love them specially, we mark them particularly tonight.
Bless them every one...
And forever keep them from harm and hurt...
In Christ's name, Amen.

-- R. W. Bedingfield, Chaplain (USN)

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Discussion Forum

Where are your AB's?

Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary. Last reply by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary May 25, 2015. 20 Replies

My ABH is currently serving on the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) homeported in San Diego, CA. How about yours?Continue

Tags: handling, handler, fuels, flight, launch

From Blue to Yellow: Evolution of an Aviation Boatswain's Mate...

Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Jun 17, 2013. 0 Replies

Story Number: NNS130604-10Release Date: 6/4/2013 12:30:00 PMBy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public AffairsUSS KEARSARGE, At Sea (NNS) -- Imagine…Continue

Tags: LSE, Yellow Shirt, Blue Shirt, Aviation Boatswain's Mate, ABH

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on May 21, 2015 at 5:45pm

150515-N-BD107-070 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 15, 2015) Air department Sailors show chocks and chains to the pilots of an MH-60s Seahawk assigned to the "Greyhawks" of Marine Medium-lift Tiltorotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (REIN) during flight quarters aboard the San-Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The Anchorage is part of the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG). The Essex ARG is comprised of wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), and the USS Anchorage, which is embarking upon its maiden deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on May 21, 2015 at 5:23pm

There's my boy on the right in the V1 LPO yellow shirt! :)

150517-N-BD107-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 17, 2015) Air department Sailors observe crash and salvage firefighting procedures on the flight deck of the San-Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The Anchorage is part of the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG). The Essex ARG is comprised of wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), and the USS Anchorage, which is embarking upon its maiden deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)


Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 20, 2015 at 10:55am

Rod, BZ to your Son HOOYAH that's great news!

Comment by Rod Clark on March 20, 2015 at 10:37am

Great PIR today.  BZ to our latest booters. 

Got some great news from my son last night - March evals are in and he is the number one Ike Air Department E5 with a 4.86.  He is now in his 11th year and is hoping for E6 this year.

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 16, 2015 at 12:53pm
Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 2, 2015 at 1:27pm

Congrats to our Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year... ABH1 Dysart and ABF1 MathewS!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 1, 2015 at 3:56pm

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Luis Collazo monitors the launch of the aircraft from the waist catapults on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on January 30, 2015 at 6:24pm

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on January 22, 2015 at 9:42pm

Christopher Welcome to the Group!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on January 13, 2015 at 6:32pm
 

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