Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin K. Walker, son of Tanda and Melvin Walker of Charleston, recently completed a 24-day underway along with fellow sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
For the first time in almost two years, Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW) Sailors and Marines embarked onboard the Truman prior to this underway period to prepare for the Strike Group's upcoming deployment.
The carrier's underway consisted of seamless teamwork between Truman's air department Sailors and CVW-3 as they conducted drills that simulated aircraft crashes and fires, barricade drills and mass casualty drills on the flight deck.
In total, CVW-3 pilots completed more than 1, 300 launches and recoveries even as Truman Sailors and CVW-3 personnel participated in a multitude of shipboard training scenarios, both on the flight deck and in the hangar bay.
After disembarking, CVW-3 is scheduled to conduct advanced tactical training in Fallon, Nev., until mid-December. The Truman is scheduled to continue training in preparation for an upcoming composite training unit exercise.
Walker is a 2007 graduate of Walker Valley High School of Charleston and joined the Navy in December 2012.
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