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NNS020821-02 Enterprise Reaches Milestone at NNSY

Release date: 8/21/2002 12:22:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Christina M. Shaw, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) recently took another major step toward combat readiness while at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va.

On Aug. 21, Enterprise moved out of dry dock and got water under its keel for the first time since January.

With the ship moving to the next phase of its shipyard period, Enterprise Commanding Officer Capt. Eric C. Neidlinger said he is hoping to raise the bar.

"We have to be trained earlier and better than normal and we've been working to do that while we are doing all this work around the ship," said Neidlinger.

With more than 76 percent of the Extended Dry Dock Selective Restrictive Availability (EDSRA) completed, the Captain said he is pleased with the crews' work ethic.

"I couldn't be happier with the performance of the crew. Everybody is turning to and doing amazing work. We have increased our workload by over 67 percent and are even doing a lot of the heavier work ourselves that is normally done by contractors," said Neidlinger.

As January 2003 approaches, Neidlinger is working on the training of the crew as well as the condition of the ship.

"Each department should have their own goal about being ready making sure their equipment is all ready and also making sure their people are trained," said Neidlinger. "We have to be ready to go to sea and start normal work ups on time, or if called upon, be able to quickly respond to any other tasking we get before our original deployment date."

Enterprise's next major phase in the EDSRA includes putting on all the final touches. That includes getting all the ship's services back online, resurfacing the flight deck and getting the propulsion plants up and running.

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