USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) hit an important milestone during its deployment with its 100,000th arrested aircraft recovery Nov. 7.
Truman is expected to celebrate her 100,000th launch Nov. 9 as the carrier continues operations in support of ground troops in Afghanistan.
Truman's accomplishment is particularly noteworthy given the carrier's age, said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AW/SW) Ronie Josey, Truman Air Department Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) division leading chief petty officer.
"Usually older carriers will hit that kind of mark," said Josey. "Truman has only been commissioned for just over 12 years, so it speaks volumes of the crew's work ethic that we could reach that number in a relatively short amount of time. It's a big accomplishment for a ship so young."
In order for Truman to successfully launch and recover aircraft, the catapults and arresting gear must be constantly in prime working condition.
"We have to ensure everything is 100 percent ready to go at all times," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Equipment] 2nd Class (AW) Joseph Dalessantro, V-2 Division work center supervisor. "We do everything by-the-book so we can safely get it done right the first time."
"Each and every one of us takes great pride in completing safe launches and recoveries," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Equipment] 1st Class (AW/SW) Jose Correa, V-2 Division quality-assurance inspector. "These young Sailors have lives in their hands every day, so it's vital they do the maintenance correctly every time. They do a fantastic job and really take pride in their work."
Keeping the flight deck operational and ensuring that the Truman carrier strike group can carry out their mission often requires Sailors to work up to 18 hours per day. Regardless of their arduous work schedules, the team is dedicated to the team's success.
"They put their hearts and souls into the jobs they do," said Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Joubert. "They made this 100,000 mark possible because of the sacrifices they make every day."
"Once we caught the 100,000th aircraft, we were very excited, but then we got right back into the mindset that we still have a mission to accomplish," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Equipment] 2nd Class (AW) Jeremy Kreitzer, catapult captain. "This accomplishment shows the pride and professionalism the V-2 personnel take in their work. They always stay focused on the task at hand and make sure every launch and recovery goes smoothly."
Truman's crew will celebrate both the launch and the recovery milestones with a cake-cutting ceremony Nov. 12.
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