UAE Military Pilots Conduct Landing Qualifications Aboard USS Lewis B. Puller
UAE Military Pilots Conduct Landing Qualifications Aboard USS Lewis B. Puller

UAE Military Pilots Conduct Landing Qualifications Aboard USS Lewis B. Puller

The expeditionary landing base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), conducted combined naval and air integration operations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command (JAC) in the central Arabian Gulf, May 11-12.

UAE JAC pilots successfully completed deck landing qualifications (DLQ) aboard the Puller, conducting day and night landings and refueling operations with their CH-47F and UH-60M helicopters.

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This series of training evolutions continues to enhance the readiness of UAE pilots and familiarizes the crew of the Puller with UAE rotary-wing platform, by increasing partnership capability and interoperability in the maritime domain.

UAE Military Pilots Conduct Landing Qualifications Aboard USS Lewis B. Puller
Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Stephanie Flynt directs a UH-60M helicopter attached to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command (JAC) to take off during flight operations aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). Lewis B. Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Logistics Specialist Thomas Joyce)

“DLQs expand interoperability between U.S. Navy and UAE military, making both forces more proficient and able to respond to regional challenges,” said Capt. Michael Mosbruger, commanding officer of the USS Lewis B. Puller.

UAE pilots have extensive flight experience and have previously performed landings and routine flight operations on the Puller and other U.S. naval assets deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).

U.S. 5th Fleet AOO encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern tip of Yemen.

UAE Military Pilots Conduct Landing Qualifications Aboard USS Lewis B. Puller
Aviation Boatswains’ Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Juan Troncoso directs a CH-47F helicopter attached to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command (JAC) to hold on deck during flight operations aboard the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). Lewis B. Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Logistics Specialist Thomas Joyce)
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