Wicker Announces Visit to NAS Meridian Amid Reports of Safety Concerns With T-45 Training Jets

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, which has jurisdiction over the Navy and naval aviation, today announced that he will visit with Navy officials and pilots stationed at the Naval Air Station in Meridian on Saturday. Yesterday, Wicker met with Navy personnel in his Washington office following reports that some Navy instructor pilots were boycotting training flights because of potential safety issues with T-45 training jets.

“These Navy pilots are raising very serious safety concerns about the planes they fly every day,” Wicker said. “They deserve to be heard and so do those who are in charge of fixing this issue. I am hopeful that my visit with them and other officials at NAS Meridian will yield some answers.”

T-45 training jets are used at the Naval Air Stations based in Meridian, Miss., Pensacola, Fla., and Kingsville, Texas.