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This Date in Naval Aviation History – 14 Dec 1961

vaq137good14 Dec –Installation of the Pilot Landing Aid Television system (PLAT) was completed on Coral Sea, the first carrier to have the system installed for operational use. Designed to provide a video tape of every landing, the system was useful for instructional purposes and in the analysis of landing accidents making it a valuable tool in the promotion of safety. By early 1963, all attack carriers had been equipped with PLAT and plans were underway for its installation in antisubmarine carriers and at shore stations. (ed. – and a whole generation of Ready Room LSOs is born… – SJS)


Bad Landing On Aircraft Carrier


“George Washington – Arriving”

(Navy News Service)

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) form the phrase “Hajimemashite,” which means “Nice to meet you” in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)

Transitions, Carrier-style

There is, afterall, a certain degree of symmetry to things…

NORFOLK, Virginia (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the only forward deployed aircraft-carrier.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) enters Yokosuka’s Truman Bay after completing training with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the western Pacific Ocean. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka.