Aviation Boatswain's Mate

Infobox Military rating
name= Aviation Boatswain's Mate


caption= insignia
issued_by= United States Navy
type= Enlisted rating
abbreviation= AB
specialty= Aviation

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (abbreviated as AB) is a United States Navy occupational rating.

Aviation Boatswain's Mates

Aviation Boatswain's Mates (AB) operate, maintain, and perform organizational maintenance on catapults, arresting gear, barricades, and associated flightdeck launching and recovery equipment; operate and service aircraft ground-handling equipment and machinery; operate and service aircraft crash, firefighting, and rescue equipment; handle aircraft afloat and ashore; operate, maintain, and repair aviation fueling, defueling, lubricating oil, and inert gas systems; perform crash rescue, crash removal, and damage control duties.

Aviation Boatswain's Mates, Launching and Recovery Equipment (ABE)

ABEs operate, maintain, and perform maintenance on steam catapults, barricades, arresting gear, and associated equipment ashore and afloat; operate catapult hydraulic systems, retraction engines, water brakes, jet blast deflectors, deckedge and ICCS, and jet blast deflector control panels; arresting gear engines, sheave dampers, deckedge control station, and associated equipment; perform aircraft handling duties related to the operation of aircraft launching and recovery equipment.It is known throughout the fleet that ABEs have one of the most rigorous ratings in the U.S. Navy.

Aviation Boatswain's Mates, Fuels (ABF)

ABFs operate, maintain, and perform organizational maintenance on aviation fueling and lubricating oil systems in CV/CVNs, LHD/LHAs, and LPDs, including aviation fuel and lubricating oil service stations and pumprooms, piping, valves, pumps, tanks, and portable equipment related to the fuel system; operate, maintain, and repair valves and piping of purging and protective systems within the Air Department's spaces aboard ship; supervise the operation and servicing of fuel farms and equipment associated with the fueling and defueling of aircraft ashore and afloat; operate and service motorized fueling equipment; maintain fuel quality surveillance and control in aviation fuel systems ashore and afloat; train, direct, and supervise firefighting crews, fire rescue teams, and damage control parties in assigned fuel and lubricating oil spaces; observe and enforce fuel handling safety precautions.

Aviation Boatswain's Mates, Aircraft Handling (ABH)

ABHs direct the movement and spotting of aircraft ashore and afloat; operate, maintain, and perform organizational maintenance on ground-handling equipment used for moving and hoisting of aircraft ashore and afloat; supervise securing of aircraft and equipment; perform crash rescue, firefighting, crash removal, and damage control duties; perform duties in connection with launching and recovery of aircraft.

ee also

*List of United States Navy ratings


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