IKE Female Cat Team
Getting the job done
Inherently dangerous and what can be best described as organized chaos, the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is no place for the faint of heart.
As aviation boatswain's mates (equipment) (ABEs), they are responsible for maintaining and operating the systems that launch multi-million dollar aircraft off the flight deck. In this profession, where those beside them are predominantly male, these women have proven they are just as capable of doing the difficult and demanding work as their male counterparts.
"Working in this rate is actually pretty amazing," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Tanya Funez.
Being dirty and greasy most of the time doesn't bother me. I can do what any other male can do, and an all-female cat crew basically just proves there's a lot more females out there who can pull their own weight on the flight deck." -ABEAN Tanya FunezAviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Spela Marinsek said that the job is not just a dirty one, it's also one of the most dangerous on the ship.
It is scary at times. You always have to keep your head on a swivel. A motto every ABE lives by. It only takes a split second for you or someone else to get hurt." -ABE2 Spela Marinsek