USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- The deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 reached a milestone in his aviation career with his 1,000th carrier-arrested landing (trap) on board aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Feb. 16.
Capt. Scott Conn is the 325th naval aviator to successfully complete 1,000 traps. He made the landing in an F/A-18F Super Hornet.
"From a numbers stand point, that's about 41 or 42 traps for every year I've been in the Navy or 18 traps for every month I've been at sea, but it's more than just the numbers, it's what it represents," Conn said. "It's about the changes that have taken place in between that Halloween day in 1986, all the way to today."
During his 23 and a half year naval aviation career, Conn flew: T-2 Buckeye, A-4 Skyhawk, F-5 Tiger, F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Falcon, and six different models of the F/A-18 Hornet, said Capt. Brett Batchelder, commander, CVW-11.
"To celebrate 23 and a half years of living on the ball and at sea and doing what he does, it's awesome that we can be here to congratulate him on achieving this milestone," said Batchelder. "We know it didn't come easy and it's a great day for him and a great day for naval aviation."
Though many pilots have launched and recovered aboard Navy aircraft carriers, few have reached the milestone of 1,000 traps.
"Two or three times a year, someone gets to that milestone and that really helps us understand just how special it is," said Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 Rear Adm. John W. Miller. "And there's a certain amount of endurance to it, because 23 years is a long time to be flying off aircraft carriers and seven deployments is a long time to be away from home and be deployed, but that's how you get traps; by going to sea."
Conn reflected on his accomplishments over the course of his career and attributed much of his success to those around him.
"I've always been blessed and fortunate throughout my career to have seniors that have mentored me, peers that challenged me, and subordinates who inspired me and that has continued from day one to today," Conn said. "That's why I stay in."
Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is on a routine deployment in the region.
Nimitz CSG is comprised of USS Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, embarked Destroyer Squadron 23, and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin. Ships assigned to DESRON 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney, USS Sampson and the frigate USS Rentz.
Squadrons from CVW 11 include the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, the "Tophatters" of VFA 14, the "Warhawks" of VFA 97, the "Sidewinders" of VFA 86, the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Attack Squadron 135, the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 and the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron 117.
Helicopter detachments include the "Easy Riders" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 37, the "Battle Cats" of HSL 43, the "Wolfpack" of HSL 45, the "Scorpions" of HSL 49 and the "Wildcards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23. Also accompanying the Nimitz CSG are Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 and the USNS Bridge.
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