Carrier Air Wing 5 Departs George Washington

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 17, 2012) – The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, conducted their fly off to return to Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, Nov. 17.

“The 2012 patrol for the air wing went extremely well,” said Command Master Chief Jason Eckard, CVW 5’s command master chief. “The ships company and air wing integration came together with one focus, one team and one mission.”

Teamwork and cooperation are important elements that help Sailors safe and efficient to support the George Washington’s mission.

“In my 22 years of service and my fifth aircraft carrier, I haven’t seen a team work this smooth and effectively,” said Eckard. “The departments treated us well. They were also supportive, responsive and reliable.”

Sailors aboard George Washington work together to enhance readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The patrol was a huge success,” said Lt. James Fischer, a pilot from the “Chargers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, from Spokane, Wash. “I did a lot of flying, dropped a practiced com/photos/uss_george_washington/

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