FRIDAY FOTO (July 8, 2011)
Watch Me Carefully
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley Pryor signals for sailors to set up the aircraft barricade during a drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Pacific Ocean. The George Washington is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
If you click on the photo to enlarge the image you can see (from right to left) a Northrop Grumman C-2 Greyhound cargo plane; a Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft, with its distinctive rotating radar dome over the fuselage; and what appears to be three Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters.
As we’ve explained in an earlier post, the flight deck personnel have color-coded jerseys and helmets to identify their speciality:
Purple jerseys indicate those who handle aviation fuel; crewmen in red handle ammunition and deal with fires and crashes;; blues are aircraft handlers, tractor drivers or aircraft elevator operators; those in yellow are aircraft handling officers and plane directors, green jerseys have a number of tasks including maintenance, cargo and helicopter landing signals,.