Coloured flight deck jerseys



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English: Gulf of Alaska, 8 June 2004: Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command is rendered honors by "rainbow sideboys" on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) were at sea participating in a scheduled deployment. On US carriers the flight deck crew - here called "rainbow sideboys" - are wearing coloured flight deck jerseys in order to identify their trades in the noise:

Yellow: Aircraft handling officers, Catapult and Arresting Gear Officers, Plane directors
Green: Catapult and arresting gear crews, Air wing maintenance personnel, Air wing quality control personnel, Cargo-handling personnel, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) troubleshooters, Hook runners, Photographer's Mates, Helicopter landing signal enlisted personnel (LSE)
White: Squadron plane inspectors, Landing Signal Officer (LSO), Air Transfer Officers (ATO), Liquid Oxygen (LOX) crews, Safety Observers, Medical personnel
Red: Ordnancemen, Crash and Salvage Crews, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Blue: Plane Handlers, Aircraft elevator Operators, Tractor Drivers, Messengers and Phone Talkers
Purple: aviation fuel handlers

Brown: Air wing plane captains, Air wing line leading petty officers

8 June 2004(2004-06-08)


U.S. Navy photo 040608-N-6213R-017 [1]


Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Mark J. Rebilas , USN

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