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Helo ops on the CGC Jarvis

November 9, 2018

LT Huddleston: I returned to my aviation detachment and told them that the ship may actually sink and we had better think about the probability of abandoning ship. Then I said that we had the best life boat on the ship and we ought to think about the possibility of launching the helo if it came to actually abandoning the ship.    We had experienced 40 degree rolls and 50 knot winds with the helo tied to the deck, but we certainly didn’t work on it in those conditions. Unfolding the blades manually in conditions like that seemed impossible, but AD1 Hawes and AT1 Lawson thought they could do it if we waited for a lull and timed the blade unfolding between gusts. So, I told them to brainstorm it and, if they could do it safely, Bill and I would fly it off the deck.   

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