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NAVAIR Spearheads Corrosion Prevention on Prowler and Seahawk Fleets

New Antenna Gaskets Improve Aircraft Readiness and Accessibility

By Cynthia Greenwood

EA-6B Prowler
The Navy's EA-6B Prowler, a fixed-wing fighter aircraft, supports air strikes and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy.

It was dark and rainy around 7 p.m. when the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation conducted flight operations in the Strait of Malacca after leaving Singapore during a scheduled deployment. It was December 2002, and two Navy EA-6B Prowlers named SKYBOLT 500 and SKYBOLT 502 had returned from a routine training mission in the Arabian Gulf.

After landing, the aircrews, assigned to the Lancers electronic attack squadron 131 from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, went below deck to Maintenance Control for a debriefing.

"The crew of 502 reported that they lost communications in the heavy weather, but 500 reported all was clear," recalled Jay Shannon, the squadron's Quality Assurance Supervisor and a senior aviation structural engineer.

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NAVSEA Looks to Composite Technology to Improve Warship Components

By Gretchen Jacobson

Considering the numerous tasks involved in maintaining a typical U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, it is no wonder that it takes thousands of man-hours each year to protect the aircraft carrier fleet from the open ocean's extremely corrosive elements. The Navy's warships, which are more than 1,000 feet long and powered by steam turbines, have myriad features that enable them to live up to their legendary reputation.

Aircraft Carrier
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kathleen Gorby.

The carriers can launch aircraft with steam-powered catapults, recover planes with steel-arresting cables, and they have an expansive, four-acre flight deck. But the catapults, cables, and flight deck remain vulnerable to the sea's corrosive elements.

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Table of Contents

Volume 2, Number 1
Spring 2006

Top Stories

NAVSEA Looks to Composite Technology to Improve Warship Components

Coast Guard Responds to Hurricane Katrina—A Photo Essay

Services Join Forces at 2005 Tri-Service Corrosion Conference

Portrait of Rich Hays: DoD Corrosion Team Leader

Project News

Army Protects Hangars, Towers, and Tanks at Fort Campbell

Wheeler Army Officials Demonstrate Helicopter Rinse System

Navy Wraps Up Red Hill Pipeline Inspection

Technology News

Coast Guard Solves Slat Corrosion on Twin-Engine Falcon

Air Force Tests Packaging and Dehumidification Methods

Navy Researchers Use Nano-Robots to Build Minuscule Sensors

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