NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Air Department, V-2 division, have brought the aircraft carrier closer to operational status this March by disassembling and repairing the main components of the ship's emergency barricade engine.
In addition to conducting numerous routine maintenance checks on engine 5, V-2 Sailors also replaced its main cylinder, drive system, and constant run-out valve.
Additionally, the department's personnel conducted thorough cam torque tests on the engine's barricade wire. The barricade engine, along with the barricade system, is designed to stop inbound aircraft during emergency landing and recovery situations making it an emergency lifeline that is essential to aircraft operations at sea.
"We are responsible for the safe landing of aircraft," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class (AW) Donald Watters. "Air ops are the heart of a carrier."
The barricade wire is located between the third and fourth landing wires on the flight deck and is the only wire that is attached directly to engine 5. The wire can only be used once, unlike the other four landing wires which can be used multiple times.
"This is but one process of many to get this job done," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) (AW/SW) Matthew McCauley. "If the barricade wire is inoperable, the ship will not launch or recover any aircraft and there goes the mission."
The department is working to replace the 2,200 feet of barricade wire, stored in the hangar bay.
"It's a greasy job, but I love working with my hands," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Hao Li. "It's going to be awesome to get underway and see the equipment that I help put together work and work well."
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