Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, completed the operational readiness evaluation (ORE), qualifying 12 combat aircrews, June 15.
“The completion of ORE is a major milestone for the squadron as a whole,” said Lt. Cmdr. Travis Ream, VP-26 training officer. “It marks the culmination of the Fleet Readiness Training Program (FRTP), for the crews, and qualifies them to operate in a deployed status.”
Though it is normally broken up over the course of a few months, as a whole, ORE is roughly two weeks long and evaluates the aircrews through graded flights and simulations as well as written tests.
ORE also evaluated the readiness of the “Trident” Intelligence Department.
“Intel is evaluated on all of the tasks they will be required to perform on an actual deployment,” said Lt. Shaun Lillard, VP-26 intelligence officer. “They conduct graded pre-mission briefs and Intel updates and are also evaluated on their ability to interpret post mission products.”
With the completions of ORE, Trident aircrew has now completed FRTP, which also consisted of the Advanced Readiness Program, which evaluated the crew’s abilities to operate as a crew, and an inspection from the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation Team, which tested the Trident instructor cadre as well as the squadron’s NATOPS program.
The Tridents are homeported at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are currently undergoing FRTP in preparation for their upcoming deployment.