personally attend to all the details involved. Figure 2-6
shows the standard aircraft carrier organization.
The executive officer aboard a carrier assists the
captain the same as the executive officer of a squadron
executive officer, the operations officer, and the air
officer also must be qualified naval aviators.
CARRIER AIR WING
Carrier air wings consist of squadrons assigned by
the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). The air wing is
under the command of an air wing commander. Air
wing commanders report for duty to the commanding
officer of the parent carrier. They have tactical
command of their wings during wing operations. When
ship-based, the air wing commander exercises the
rights conferred by U.S. Navy Regulations on heads of
departments. The air wing commander also has
responsibilities similar to that of a department head.
These responsibilities include internal administration
of air wing personnel and material upkeep of assigned
department functions, the air wing commander acts
under the direction of the air department officer. Under
the direction of the operations officer, the commander
department functions. Air wings, squadrons, and units
are established aboard CV and CVN, LPH, LHA, and
LHD types of ships. See figure 2-7.
Under the carrier commanding officer and the air
wing commander, squadron commanding officers
maintain the squadron organization. See figure 2-8.
The operations department has the responsibility of
air operations and the combat information center (CIC).
photography, meteorology, lookout, recognition, and
air plot are added responsibilities. These sections make
up the OA and OI divisions to which you, as a striker,
may be assigned.
The carrier air department is organized into
divisions that are responsible for landing and launching
operations. They also handle and service aircraft, and
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Figure 2-6.Typical aircraft carrier organizational chart.