Explained herein Today's lesson: The Green Shirt.
Here: Arresting Gear ABE's replace the Cross Deck Pendant (CDP). The 'purchase' cable is to the left, the CDP is that part of the wire that lays out on the flight deck. It is built different than purchase cable and is inspected many times during the day and if it becomes chipped or a strand of the wire wrap is broken, the CDP is pulled out of service. The sockets and turnbuckles are desigend to allow the quick removal and replacemtent of the CDP. Between landing quick. (USN Photo)
Weight Check!. This ABE runs out and stands next to the cockpit and holds this board up, it has the weight of the aircraft being connected to the Cat. The Pilot acknowledges that weight or with his hands he has them raise or lower the indicated weight. This board is shown to the Cat operators who in turn set the controls for the appropiate weight.
The Air Wing Green shirts include virtually every job specialty required to fly and maintain an aircraft. From jet engine mechanics (AD), electricians (AE), structural mechanic sheet metal (AMS), structural mechanic air frames (AMF), structural mechanic hydraulics (AMH), structural mechanic for crew systems, survival and escape equipment (AME), pararigger (PR) and electronics technician (AT). That was my rating or a branch of it. At one time there were three flavors of aviation electronics technician, your stock AT, your Fire Control Technician specialist (AQ) who were supposed to work mainly on RADAR systems, and the Anti-Submarine warfare Technician specialist (AX) which was what my specialty was. In my Squadron we used all our AT's like they were AT's, we worked all the systems without division.
Below,, a Squadron Elictricians Mate is working on a clearance light on the wing tip of an S-3 Viking. I've been up there many times as the fairing that light is attached to is actually an ESM Receiver POD, those black square boxes with the little bumps are antennas.
In this photo, the bunch of Green Shirts are shop Rep's or Troubleshooters waiting for the call if necessary to rush in and throw a fix to an ailing system. Each Shop usually supplies at least one person to be their Rep. (USN Photo)