LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Recognize safety
precautions to follow when handling
suspension, arming, and releasing equipment.
As an AO, you need to be concerned with safety
when working with suspension, arming, and releasing
systems. It is doubtful there is a petty officer in the Navy
who has not witnessed a minor mishap with suspension,
arming, and releasing equipment. Accidents can be
prevented if safety precautions and maintenance
instructions are followed. Accidents can be prevented
if personnel are trained and educated to work on the
equipment. As a petty officer, it is part of your job to
follow safety precautions and maintenance instructions
and train new personnel. A few safety precautions that
you need to follow, and train your subordinates to
follow, are shown below.
Keep all components of the various systems
clean, well adjusted, and lubricated as prescribed.
Make operational checks or periodic inspections
of the system under the direct supervision of fully
Never insert your fingers or tools into a rack
when the rack is cocked.
Check wiring and electrical fittings regularly.
Replace frayed or broken wiring. Check plugs for
condition and proper installation.
Never bypass safety circuits or devices or make
Dont use any safety pin other than the
When stores are loaded, install safety pins or
other safety devices as prescribed while the aircraft is
on the ground.
Never install or arm an ejector rack unless the
safety pin(s) and flag(s) are in place.
Don't use an ohmmeter to check electrical
continuity of an electrically primed cartridge.
Remove or electrically disconnect all cartridges
from the rack firing circuits before removing any
Install only the prescribed cartridges in ejector
Never allow a dual breech ejector unit to be fired
without two cartridges or a cartridge and authorized
filler plug in the breeches.
Never allow an ejector unit to be fired without a
store latched in place.
When loading stores, inspect all handling gear
carefully. Dont use doubtful gear.
When loading stores, make sure that the store is
in position and the rack is securely locked before
Dont place any part of your body under stores
being loaded or unloaded if it is possible to accomplish
the job without doing so.
When installing suspension equipment, torque
all installation bolts or screws to the prescribed torque
Make sure all final work performed
on the armament system is inspected by quality
assurance personnel familiar with the system.
Operational tests should be made on repaired systems