USS Harry S. Truman Makes First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Launch




 
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February 3rd, 2011  
bigeye1
 

Topic: USS Harry S. Truman Makes First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Launch


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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David R. Finley Jr, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the Navy's newest airborne early warning and control aircraft, made its first launch Feb. 1, from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 representatives and aircrew from Patuxent River, Md., are aboard Truman to conduct suitability testing on the new aircraft.

"Truman is here to provide the squadron with the platform they need to perform the testing," said Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Moss, USS Harry S. Truman aircraft handler. "We will be supporting their test equipment on board, as well as aiding them in launch and recovery efforts."

"The idea of the E2-D started in the late 90's as kind of just a concept," said Cmdr. Mike Santomauro, flight test director. "The aircraft they are landing today began its initial testing back in 2007. The fact that we are even coming out to this ship is the culmination of more than a year-and-a-half of effort to get to here."

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will not provide a significant change in the mission of early warning and control; however, it will enable the aircraft to perform its mission with greater improvements.

"It is a two-generation leap in surveillance capabilities, and it's going to be a game changer in information dominance for the U.S. Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said during a speech in 2010.
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58325
February 15th, 2011  
AVON
 

Topic: Re: USS Harry S. Truman Makes First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Launch


I will feel a lot better when all US carriers have the E-2D.