Almost All Hands on Deck
Cables are steel strands braided around a polyester core and weigh 3.72 pounds per foot. An arresting wire can handle 205,000 pounds—and its purchase cable up to 215,000—before breaking.
Connecting, reweaving, and replacing cables and emergency barricades take a fleet of sailors, beginning with a hook runner to ensure that the arrested aircraft is disengaged. This group is stowing arresting wires and a barricade.