with less training may only be authorized to operate the
5,500-pound elevator systems at any station except the
2d deck main control station.
REVIEW NUMBER 3
What decks are serviced by lower-stage
What device is used to bridge the gap in the door
opening between an elevator platform and the
If an elevator suspension rope breaks, what
mechanism automatically operates to lock the
platform to the guide rails?
If an elevator overtravels upward beyond the
maximum up-stage position, what device
actuates, stopping the elevator and shutting off
power to the hoisting winch?
U p p e r - s t a g e e l e v a t o r s a r e u s e d
What decks are serviced by IWHS lower-stage
The platform machinery for an IWHS lower-
stage elevator is located on the_____ deck.
The only weapons elevators that provide
a c c e s s t o t h e f l i g h t d e c k a r e t h e
The primary responsibility for maintaining
weapons elevators belongs to the _____ rate.
What electrical power is required to operate the
weapons elevators ?
The movement of ammunition consists of routine
operations such as intramagazine movement (fig. 11-19)
and movement of weapons and components in support
of flight operations.
It may also consist of major
evolutions, such as ship rearmament or major loading
and off-loading operations. Regardless of the size of the
operation, anytime weapons or explosives are removed
from their proper stowage environment, the opportunity
for the occurrence of an ordnance mishap is much
greater. Therefore, one of the most important factors of
any ordnance evolution is preplanning. Additionally, a
safety-first attitude must be paramount.
Weapons Movement in Support of
To enable squadron personnel to meet the short
turnaround time of the flight schedule requirements,
weapons must be preassembled and located in staging
areas on the hangar deck with sufficient lead time.
The area of the hangar deck that is to be used as a
weapons staging area must be coordinated with the
hangar-deck control officer. The weapons cant
interfere with the movement of aircraft or obstruct fire
lanes, but they must be positioned so they are protected
by the hangar-bay sprinkler system. This area should be
located as close as possible to the aircraft elevator doors
to provide a means for jettisoning the weapons
overboard in the event of an emergency. Anytime live
ordnance is staged on the hangar deck, a security watch
must be posted to restrict the area to authorized
personnel only and to initiate movement of the weapons
in case of an emergency.
The weapons staging area on the flight deck is
located outboard of the island structure and inboard of
the catwalk or deck edge for aircraft carriers and behind
the island on LHA and LND amphibious class ships.
This area is commonly called the bomb farm.
Anytime live ordnance is present, this area is manned
by the bomb-farm watch. Bomb-farm watch personnel
maintain direct communication with the aviation
ordnance control station (AOCS). In addition to
security of the ordnance, the bomb-farm watch issues
ordnance to squadron personnel according to the ships
ordnance load plan.
The bomb-farm staging area also incorporates an
emergency jettison ramp. The emergency jettison ramp,
when in the rigged position (down), forms a ramp from
the flight deck edge to an opening in the outboard
bulkhead of the catwalk. This provides a path for
jettisoning weapons overboard during an emergency.
Additionally, jettison ramps are located fore and aft on
the port and starboard sides of the flight deck so
weapons can be jettisoned by aircraft loading crews
during an emergency. Be careful when the emergency
jettison ramps are rigged; they bypass the catwalk and
safety net. When the ramps are in the stowed (raised)
position, they form part of the catwalk structure.
The bomb farm is routinely replenished with
weapons from the hangar deck staging area between the
launch and recovery of aircraft. The weapons are
transported from the hangar deck to the flight deck by
the upper-stage weapons elevators or deck-edge aircraft