posted on Dec, 6 2016 @ 09:39 AM
a reply to: LordOfDestruction
There is a reason why some of those lines are painted on the deck. One of them is the maximum reach that an arresting cable can reach if it snaps.
During recovery you are not in that area unless it is absolutely necessary. I was way up on the angle deck and the catwalk that I was on was below
deck level. I was waiting for that last plane to land, so that I could go up and recover one of our helicopters. Safety is stressed heavily. My
first days working on the flight deck, I was assigned to a Petty Officer in my shop. When we were on the flight deck, I was right behind him,
literally holding on to his belt, while I learned my way around. First rule was to keep your head on a swivel. Keep looking around, be aware of what
is going on around you. I zigged when I should have zagged one time and got blown head over heels down the deck for about 100 ft. when a Tomcat
turned and I got caught in his jet blast. I wasn't hurt, thanks to the safety gear that I was wearing. After a while I was the guy who had someone
holding on to his belt.
There are things that are not in the books. Lessons learned the hard way. When you are taking a break between launches and the Chief starts talking
about the weird things that he has seen, you pay attention. He is passing on knowledge. Some where down the line you might find yourself about to
get into one of the situations that he talked about and recognize it in time to prevent something bad from happening.
The Russians and Chinese don't have that institutional knowledge. From the most junior enlisted up to the Commander of the carrier group, they all
have the same amount of experience. There is nobody who has been there, done that for them to learn from.