Dambusters Earn SECNAV Aviation Safety Award 2015


Story Number: NNS160721-11Release Date: 7/21/2016 1:04:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara B. Sexton, Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- The "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 were named the recipients of the Secretary of the Navy Aviation Safety Award for 2015, July 16.

The SECNAV Aviation Safety Award recognizes the Navy and Marine Corps commands that have demonstrated exceptional and sustained safety excellence.

"To put it simply, this year's many accomplishments are a direct result of the hard work, determination and relentless pursuit of excellence demonstrated by the squadron's most important strategic asset -- our Sailors," said Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, commanding officer of VFA-195.

The Dambusters executed more than 2,000 sorties, or take-offs and landings, and more than 4,000 mishap-free flight hours from seven locations including two aircraft carrier flight decks.

"The Dambusters have developed a culture of exceptional and sustained safety excellence that should be emulated by all naval aviation units," said Rear Adm. John D. Alexander, commander, Task Force 70.

VFA-195 is based at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. The squadron regularly embarks Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during the ship's routine patrols throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

VFA-195 regularly participates with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in exercises to continue the interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces.

VFA-195 is deployed in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
160618-N-GP548-187 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The form formation included E-2C Hawk Eyes, F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from the "Golden Hawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, the "Shadow Hawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, and the "Wizards" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133. The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Vidal Dejesus/Released)
June 21, 2016
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