USS Port Royal
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USS Port Royal Supports Army Flight Deck Qualifications
By Ensign Emma Mattson
USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) - Guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) supported flight deck qualifications for U.S. Army aircraft and crew assigned to the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), Aviation Task Force – Army Central Command (ARCENT) stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Sept. 3.

Two MH-60 aircraft flew to the ship from Camp Buehring to conduct deck landing qualifications (DLQs) aboard Port Royal’s flight deck.

In order to remain qualified to operate with Navy ships, the flight crews are required to periodically complete a number of landings at sea. “The capability for Army aircraft to operate with Navy ships is important because they need to maintain their qualifications and we were available to help them out,” said Operations officer, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Hoekstra.

The event took place just before sunset to maximize the amount of training completed by conducting DLQs during daylight and at night, using night vision equipment.

During the qualifications, U.S. Army pilots and crews also had a chance to come aboard Port Royal for a tour and see day-to-day Navy shipboard operations firsthand.

Port Royal is conducting maritime security operations and missions in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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