The 2022 Tailhook Association Symposium—Hook ’22—took place Sept. 8-10 and concluded with its annual banquet hosted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday. This year’s theme was the celebration of the centenary of the US Navy’s aircraft carrier. The three-day symposium featured presentations and dialogues from leaders across Naval Aviation and provided opportunities for Naval Airmen to discuss current readiness requirements and shape the future force.
In his speech, Gilday addressed four core priorities: Readiness, Capability, Capability and Sailors. “The carrier remains the deadliest and most flexible military machine, and the most effective tool for sea control and power projection ever created,” Gilday said, adding that the Navy will continue to adapt the aircraft carrier and the on-board air wing to maintain our combat advantage. .
Gilday spoke of the rich history and heritage of naval aviation over the past 100 years. “Your history and legacy have created an esprit de corps that is special among our Navy communities,” Gilday said.
This year’s symposium was the most attended in history, with nearly 4,000 military, civilian and industrial leaders from around the world.
National Museum of Naval Aviation historian and author Hill Goodspeed gave the symposium’s first major presentation on the central theme of the event: the centennial of US naval aircraft carriers. He spoke about the history of aviation at sea and the evolution of combat capabilities over the past 100 years, from the first trap aboard the converted straight-deck aircraft carrier USS Langley (CV-1) to October 1922, to the progress of the jet age and the evolution to the new class of carrier, the Gerald R. Ford class. Goodspeed highlighted the Ford’s angled flight deck, steam catapult and mirror landing system to illustrate the innovations that laid the foundation for modern fleet technology and safety.
“Cockpit crew [makes] the aircraft carrier function and [serves] as the backbone of transport aviation,” said Goodspeed.
On Sept. 9, Naval Aviation Flag and General Officers from across the fleet gathered for the Aviation Flag Panel to discuss current and future issues with Naval Airmen, industry partners and the veterans. Moderated by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, Commander of the Naval Air Forces, panel members included Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Lt. Gen. Michael Cederholm, deputy commandant of aviation, Marine Corps Headquarters; Vice Admiral Carl Chebi, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command; Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, commander, Navy Personnel Command; Rear Adm. John Meier, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic; Rear Adm. Andrew Loiselle, Director, Air Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98); and Rear Adm. Richard Brophy, Jr., Chief of Naval Air Training. Panel members answered questions from the audience as well as those submitted in advance.
Whitesell answered questions regarding efforts to continue to improve efficiency within the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) across the Type/Model/Series (TMS). “I’m very proud of the Naval Support System – Aviation and Performance-to-Plan that has evolved into a broader Navy perspective with the Get Real, Get Better movement.”
Retired Admiral Bill Gortney asked what lessons had been learned from setting up a maintenance operations center (MOC) a few years ago, designed to improve mission readiness numbers in the of the NAE. The MOC continues to function well, with each TMS having or planning to set up its own.
“We are setting aggressive goals to understand what capability we need now and what levers we need to pull now,” replied Chebi, who discussed the continued focus on delivering mission-capable aircraft to the fleet. and encouraged a renewed sense of urgency for support from our government and industry partners.
Whitesell, who responded to questions about accident reduction, trends and safety analysis metrics, said naval aviation is great for post-event assessment, but can improve in other areas. other areas. “The initiatives we are currently working on include historical deep dives with the Naval Safety Command (NSC) … so we can try to predict where the next incident will occur,” he said.
Following the Aviation Flag Panel, Whitesell and Cederholm met with junior officers from the Navy and Marine Corps, respectively, for open and candid discussions with naval aviators early in their careers.
Tailhook also hosted industry leaders, focusing on their ongoing collaborative efforts to support naval aviation. During the industry update attended by many senior active duty leaders, Cederholm, who assumed his role as DCA in July 2022, had the opportunity to speak about the first deployment of a squadron Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II, which deployed aboard USS Abraham. Lincoln (CVN 72) from January to August 2022. This squadron exemplified the importance of Navy-Marine Corps integration in providing combat capabilities to U.S. combatant commanders.
The annual wing ceremony was held on the last day of the symposium and was presided over by the last active duty A-6 Intruder pilot, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Czerewko, commander of Carrier Strike Group Four. Honored at the ceremony were Lt. jg John Kingman, 1st Lt. Thomas Warren and Lt. jg Alec Hunter. Paparo presented his Naval Aviator wings, or “Wings of Gold”, to Kingman. Cederholm donated his wings to Warren. Retired Vice Admiral Walter Carter donated his naval flight officer wings to Hunter. The transmission of the Naval Aviator wings symbolizes the camaraderie and tradition invested in the next generation of Naval Aviators by the generations of aviators who came before them.
The Tailhook Symposium is an annual event organized by the Tailhook Association, an independent non-profit organization that supports aircraft carriers and other maritime aviation.
The Naval Aviation Enterprise is a collaborative combat partnership where Naval Air leaders leverage their assigned authorities to deliberate and resolve interrelated issues across the entire Naval Air Force to provide combat-ready Naval Air forces to the fleet. .
For more information on the NAE, visit https://www.airpac.navy.mil/Organization/Naval-Aviation-Enterprise/.
|Date posted:||13.09.2022 08:51|
|Location:||RENO, NV, USA|
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