NORFOLK (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed its homeport of Norfolk to undergo various carrier qualification (CQ) operations in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb 10.
"CQs are primarily to help train new pilots," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Dwayne Williams, currently stationed on board George H. W. Bush. "We'll be training new pilots for carrier-based launches and recoveries."
The underway will include various shipboard training evolutions for each department. George H.W. Bush will also be receiving multiple air crews to conduct flight operations.
"CQs are an important mission that is often underappreciated," said Chief Operations Specialist Jermaine Moore. "It's vital to the Navy's mission readiness as it is geared toward new pilots, and periodically for experienced pilots, to achieve and maintain superior carrier landing proficiency levels."
George H.W. Bush recently returned from a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility and is currently underway conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean.
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