By VAQ-139 Public Affairs
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Washington – The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 received a perfect score during an EA-18G Growler Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island September 19, 2016.
The inspection evaluated the squadron’s ability to upload and download conventional ordnance per established procedures and directives.
VAQ-139’s inspection progressed as follows:
- Demonstrate expertise in aircraft configuration changes to support the ordnance load plan, aircraft release and control system checks, and weapons acceptance inspections.
- Demonstrate loading weapons using Single Hoist Ordnance Loading System equipment while observing all applicable safety and electromagnetic Radiation Hazard precautions.
- Perform post-load checks to ensure weapons systems are ready for launch, and post engine turn-up and arming/de-arming procedures using applicable hand and arm signals.
- Review the command’s qualification and certification program.
The Cougar team was able to complete the evolution in three hours, as opposed to the more typical two days under the direction of Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Jarret Nitta and overseen by Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Marlon Blackmon.
“The ATs and AOs have put in a tremendous amount of time preparing for this important evolution, and all of that work has clearly paid off,” said Ensign Dave Harris, VAQ-139’s armament division officer.
Cmdr. David Skarosi, VAQ-139’s commanding officer, added that “there’s no need for luck when you’re prepared. Our ordnance and release and control teams can take justifiable pride in the professionalism of their work centers and their CWTPI accomplishment.”
CWPTI is a program that measures a command’s capabilities and readiness to prevent explosive incidents that can cause significant loss of life and material damage.