Norfolk, Virginia - The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Norfolk provided more than 100 hours of familiarization training on the E-2C New Propeller 2000 (NP2K) engine to Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) airmen, May 7-25.
Both the U.S. Navy and the JASDF use the E-2C Hawkeye, an all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft.
Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class Anthony Mullins and civilian instructor Percival Capati, both E-2/C-2 Power Plant instructors, trained nine JASDF airmen onboard Misawa Air Base, Japan, on basic aviation power plant procedures and operations.
"Teaching something new to an interested student is always a rewarding experience," said Mullins, a qualified Master Training Specialist. "Being able to share what I've learned and represent CNATTU Norfolk and the Navy to our partner nation was an experience I hope we're able to continue."
Using JASDF aircraft and flight simulators, Mullins and Capati delivered twelve blocks of entry-level instruction, including engine run-up procedures; inspection procedures; blade and component inspection; and support equipment familiarization.
They briefed the JASDF 1st Maintenance Group daily, reporting on student progress and any issues encountered during the three-week training session to ensure all training requirements were met.
"Petty Officer Mullins' and Mr. Capati's work gave us the opportunity to share some of our technical expertise with one of our partner nations," said Cmdr. Raymond Sudduth, CNATTU Norfolk commanding officer. "I'm happy these two CNATTU Norfolk team members were able to work with our Japanese partners to ensure the needs of the fleet and our allies are met."
While there, the two instructors were also able to make recommendations on two NP2K discrepancies on a JASDF aircraft resulting in the aircraft being cleared for flight.
In addition to this training, which was requested through the Tactical Data System Program Office, CNATTU Norfolk runs a Mobile Training Team (MTT) program, offering 11 MTT courses designed to bring the courses to commands, which results in time and cost savings.
CNATTU Norfolk provides rate-specific aviation technical training, specializing in aviation "C" school training to maintain and operate air weapons systems supporting MH-53E/MH-60S helicopters, E-2C Airborne Early Warning aircraft, C-2A(R) Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft, Airborne Mine Counter Measure (AMCM), Under Sea Warfare, Aviation Maintenance Administration Management, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AB), Aviation Ordnanceman (AO), Interior Communications Electrician (IC) and Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR) professional and rating skills.
CNATTU Norfolk is a training unit for CNATT, a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain Naval Aviation warfighting capabilities, under the Naval Education and Training Command domain.