NAWCWD employees visit the fleet

NAWCWD employees visit the fleetA group of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees recently toured active-duty facilities at Camp Pendleton and Naval Air Station North Island.

According to Gina Niesen of China Lake’s H-1 Weapon Systems Support Activity, NAWCWD produces, installs and maintains the software and hardware on Marine light-attack helicopters. “NAVAIR employees, David Do and Chris Teli, train Marine pilots at Camp Pendleton before they are deployed,” she said, adding that the facility “allowed our employees to experience hands-on training in the flight simulators. This was a highlight for our visitors and helped put into context the warfighting capabilities in the fleet.”

The group visited the Maritime Helicopter Squadron Scorpions where they were briefed about the mission and capabilities of the NASNI squadron. This was followed by a tour of the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island, San Diego. The tour ended following a damage-control-focused visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is homeported on Coronado Island.

Eric Sievert, W1819 program manager, arranged the tour of USS Theodore Roosevelt, after his team hosted a training evolution for the Roosevelt’s “crash crew” at China Lake’s Fire Sciences Laboratory Mini Deck on Oct. 6. Sievert’s team conducted a simulated aircraft fire- extinguishing demonstration for many of the Point Mugu visitors when they toured China Lake on Nov. 30. Sievert single-handedly extinguished a 600-gallon pool fire using a P-25A shipboard fire truck within seconds of the deliberate conflagration demonstration.

“Tours across commands like this help to improve awareness of how we at NAWCWD impact the fleet and ultimately improve our fleet readiness,” said Theresa Goldstrand of the Workforce Engagement office.

Pictured: NAWCWD employees from Point Mugu and China Lake get a look at USS Theodore Roosevelt. -- U.S. Navy photo by Theresa Goldstrand

Story First Published: 2016-12-23