THE AIRCRAFT LAUNCH AND RECOVERY
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
As a new ABE3 or as an ABE2, you will find
that most of your duties will be productive
TYPES, LEVELS, AND
maintenance, or the supervision of maintenance, on
catapults, arresting gear, and their supporting
equipment. At times you may also be assigned to
one of the support branches of V-2 division, such as
maintenance control, maintenance support, or
material control. Regardless of your assignment
and specific duties, you will need a working
knowledge of the Aircraft Launch and Recovery
Equipment Maintenance Program (ALREMP).
The primary objective of the ALREMP is to
achieve and sustain maximum operational readiness
of aircraft launch and recovery equipment in
support of carrier flight operations. This objective
is met through the achievement of maximum
material readiness, safety, and the conservation of
When you complete this chapter you should be
able to do the following:
Recognize rework and upkeep maintenance.
Identify organizational, intermediate, and
depot level maintenance.
Identify the maintenance concepts peculiar
to each of the three levels of maintenance.
Describe the duties of the maintenance
control (MC), quality assurance (QA), and
maintenance support (MS) branches of V-2 division.
Recognize the procedures used to complete
Describe the operation of the VIDS board
and maintenance requirement board with respect to
the maintenance data systems.
The term maintenance has a very general
meaning. It could mean maintenance that can be
performed in minutes at the work center, or
organizational level, or it could mean maintenance
of overhaul in an
industrial-type facility at the depot level. We need
more than the word maintenance to indicate that a
specific type of maintenance must be accomplished.
There are two major types of maintenance:
overhaul and upkeep. Categories within the major
types of maintenance are standard overhaul and
upkeep and special overhaul and upkeep.
Overhaul maintenance is restorative or additive
work performed on catapults, arresting gear, and
their associated support equipment. Much of this
work is normally done at naval overhaul and depot
facilities, contractor plants, and other industrial
Standard overhaul work is the comprehensive
inspection of selected equipment and materials, the
correction of critical defects, and the incorporation
of certain technical directives, which allows the
equipment or material to be returned to service and
complete its intended operating cycle. Standard
overhaul maintenance is normally accomplished by
the catapult and arresting gear crew members as
scheduled overhaul maintenance, with assistance
from local intermediate maintenance level activities.
Special overhaul work is done to improve or
change the capabilities or function of specific