NAS to Review Safety

All non-deployed squadrons in the U.S. Navy are under orders to perform a safety stand down before Mar. 10.

A stand-down includes a thorough review of operating environment, standard operating procedures, and maintenance, among other things.

Officials say it is to identify risks and take action to mitigate them wherever necessary.

"How are we conducting training specifically as NAS Meridian? Are we doing everything as safely as possible? We always want to review on a quarterly basis our safety procedures, which is when we review all of our emergency procedures for the particular aircraft. There is nothing specially that we are concerned with about the Navy's T-45 based here at NAS Meridian," said Commander Brad Burgess, Senior Staff Officer of Training Wing 1.

Burgess said the stand-down targets procedures so that lessons can be learned and potential disasters can be avoided.

Since October, Navy officials say there have been nine major crashes involving Naval jets. The latest was Friday in the northwest.

In all, 10 aviators were killed in those crashes and nine aircraft were lost.

This is the first time the Navy has had a stand down for its entire fleet since 1992. The stand-down will affect 38,000 Naval aircraft worldwide.

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