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The Navy is correct; it’s time to re evaluate the OLF requirement. F-35C base decision and a review of FCLP requirements will determine the need and possible location of an OLF. The Navy is reviewing Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) requirements for the F-35C. Present FCLP is not the way landings are done on the carrier.

A more realistic training environment is being discussed, another reason to consider a new OLF. It is not my decision or any retired persons ideas that should determine the Navy requirements.

The article mentioned, there is a study being conducted on the impact of noise on flight deck personnel. This study is a little late; it needed to be done in the 1950’s when the first jet’s operated from a carrier. The 85db level of noise is exceeded on all carriers operating jets.

For the old timers, remember the 40 plane (alpha strike) launch, when the RA5C launched it rattled the dishes on the mess decks. The flight deck on the carrier is not only hazardous but is one of the nosiest environments for people to work. There should be a flight deck noise study, but not because of the F-35C.

The Navy has invested a lot in Oceana, and recently the City of Virginia Beach has established a cooperative relationship with the Navy. The EIS is intended to evaluate all areas and options; we need to let the system work. The process allows for all concerns to be expressed, discussion times will be announced soon.

Adm. Fred Metz (USN, ret).
Virginia Beach


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Reid Greenmun  - UAVs comparied to pilotied aircraft |68.10.241.159 |09-17-2009 13:17:04
Fred, you mention that the future of Oceana may include expanded use of UAVs. Any idea of the ratio of support personnel that would serve at Oceana for each UAV as opposed to each F-18?

If Oceana remains, how will the futre impact the number of local jobs after the F-18s are phased out?
Wally Erb  - Duplication of Efforts. |192.91.147.34 |09-18-2009 11:10:09
Somehow the concept of the Joint in the Joint Strike Fighter is being overlooked. It would appear to the most casual observer that the simulation and operational training, as well as, operational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance would be better served by combining inter-service resources to take advantage of economies of scale.

I believe that was the premise by which the JSF was conceived.

More over, the simulation training facility being developed by the main and sub-contractors are to be centered in Florida.

If in fact the rudimentary physical, mechanical, and tactical data system characteristics of the platforms are identical, perhaps performance of tactical doctrine and operational training should also be joint.