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USS Carl Vinson flyers complete super carrier’s 1,000th tailhook landing

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PACIFIC OCEAN — Two naval aviators aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined an elite group after achieving a major career milestone when they completed their 1,000th arrested landing on the aircraft carrier, Jan. 18.

“I hope that they recognize that getting 1,000 traps isn’t just me,” said Hutcherson, a naval flight officer. “It’s the ship, it’s the maintainers, and it’s all the supporters that we have as aviators.”

Since naval aviation began in 1911, more than 180,000 pilots have earned their wings, but less than 360 pilots and 120 NFOs have achieved the milestone of 1,000 traps. After Hutcherson joined the elite group of NFOs, he said he understood the honor wasn’t earned alone.

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“It was great to see everybody from my squadron and the air wing up on the flight deck,” said Hutcherson. “I was a department head of VFA 2 a couple of years ago and then to come back as the XO, and now as CO, and to get 1,000 traps with the same squadron, it’s been pretty rewarding.” XO is Navy slang for executive officer, a unit’s second-in-command.

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Barber said he was honored to complete the historic flight with Hutcherson and thanked the squadron and Hutcherson for allowing him to fly their aircraft named “Bullet 100.”

“It was very special that two people were able to fly and reach this milestone together,” said Barber. “This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the Sailors of Carrier Air Wing 2 and USS Carl Vinson. Thank you.”

For many who witnessed the 1,000th trap, the feat meant more than just an impressive number.

“I think it’s reassuring to know that we are being led with experience,” said Lt. John Cushing, a pilot with VFA 2. “Especially moving forward into this deployment, it helps to know the guys leading the way have literally done it a thousand times before.”

The Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The strike group includes Carl Vinson, CVW 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) from Destroyer Squadron 1.

The strike group’s deployment marks the second time it is operating in the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in region.

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President Trump Announces Planned Ban on Chinese-Owned TikTok App

The app has serious spying concerns.

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President Donald Trump announced that he’s preparing to ban the video app TikTok on national security grounds on Friday, citing the concerns over the Chinese app’s connections to Chinese government security, and the potential use of the nominally innocent app to surveil American citizens.

The President had made the announcement on an Air Force One flight to the press pool, later confirming that the media could report on the policy move on the record.

As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said the President bluntly.

TikTok is a viral video app marketed to teenagers and young adults that allows users to create short and edited videos. It’s frequently used for memes, pranks, and simple political content. It’s owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which is obligated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services under the laws of China.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously spoken of security concerns involving the Chinese app. Microsoft had recently offered to purchase the app from its parent company, but the surveillance and security surrounding it appear to have shelved such a possibility for now.

There are genuine surveillance and data-mining concerns with TikTok, but it’s also probably worth considering that banning the app will allow neoliberal tech monopolies such as Facebook and Apple to share up an even larger share of the demand for platforms designed for similar content.

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