factors of any ordnance evolution is preplanning.
Additionally, a safety-first attitude must be paramount.
Weapons Movement in Support of Flight
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 officer. The weapons can't 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 ship's
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 aircraft
loading crews during an emergency can jettison
weapons. 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
There are three situations in which weapons onload
or offload operations are normally conductedpier
side, offshore at anchorage, or at sea. The location of
the ship during onloads or offloads operations affects
manpower, equipment, time, and the degree of safety
explosive munitions at piers is limited to those
designated by NAVSEASYSCOM as "explosive piers."
The pier area is restricted during ammunition and
Nonessential personnel (visitors) aren't permitted
access to the ship or pier area. All privately owned
vehicles, ship's vehicles, and assigned government
ammunition is being handled. Before loading or
offloading operations, the OOD is notified. The OOD
makes sure that a red flag is prominently displayed to
indicate that an ordnance evolution is in progress.
Pier-side ammunition handling operations are
restricted to daylight hours, except in an emergency.
Emergency operations can only be carried out at an
adequately lighted pier. An emergency may be dictated
SEASYSCOM. Therefore, ammunition isn't staged on
the pier in large quantities. Close coordination is
established between the ship's weapons department and
the station's weapons department to ensure that the rate
of delivery at the pier doesn't exceed the handling rate
of the ship's ordnancemen.
REVIEW NUMBER 3 ANSWERS
Lower-stage elevators service the 2nd
through 7th decks.
A movable ramp is used to bridge the gap in
the door opening between an elevator
platform and the deck.
If an elevator suspension rope breaks, a
operates to lock the platform to the guide
If an elevator over travels upward beyond the
maximum up-stage position, an over travel