Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 the “Tridents,” completed the Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) July 19.
The purpose of CWTPI is to evaluate the squadron’s ordnance procedures and the proficiency of its aircrew when handling ordnance.
“CWTPI is an important milestone for the squadron as we get ready for deployment,” said VP-26 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Haymon. “Its completion certifies the squadron to conduct ordnance loads and flights while deployed.”
The inspection, which took place over the course of five days was conducted in three phases and covered the entirety of the Trident ordnance programs.
“CWTPI consists of three phases,” said CWO4 Joseph “Gunner” Doyle, VP-26’s ordnance officer.
“The first phase is a complete administrative review of our programs. The second phase consists of a series of practicals such as inert weapons inspection and loading procedures. The third phase is a torpedo exercise flight where inspectors fly with our aircrew and evaluate their inflight procedures for different ordnance.”
The Tridents are currently homeported in Jacksonville and are preparing to deploy in the fall.