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Carl Vinson Spray Team Changes Colors

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070330-13
Release Date: 3/30/2007 8:59:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) William Lopez, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Crew members from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are contributing to the aircraft carrier’s Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH), a project that has been ongoing since November, by making some important upgrades.

Thanks to the hardworking members of Carl Vinson’s paint team, the ship is looking brighter these days, as a team of boatswain’s mates approve, prepare, and paint the aircraft carrier’s spaces to help bring the ship back to life.

Leading this massive undertaking is the ship’s deck department, which manages the paint team and ensures the painting of shipboard spaces remains on schedule.

“The paint team finishes about six to seven spaces a week,” said Deck Department’s leading petty officer, Boatswains Mate 1st Class (SW) John Brown. “This is a job that requires lots of planning and preparation, as well as quite a bit of elbow grease and protective clothing.”

But the process involves more than just Carl Vinson’s paint team. A painting job requires the team effort and cooperation from the entire Team Carl Vinson organization in order to be completed correctly.

According to Brown, there is plenty of coordination involved in preparing a space for painting. The ship’s department that owns the spaces must assist in the preparation phase, and work must be coordinated with Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard employees, who are taking the lead in the ship’s overhaul.

For Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Alex Aguilar, space preparation is more than just a job, it’s about ensuring the communication and cooperation are in place to get the job done right.

“I’m in charge of the scheduling, coordinating work with zone managers and Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard employees, inspecting spaces, and basically getting everything ready for the painting of the space,” said Aguilar.

And with a small crew, this team of Carl Vinson painters has set out to repaint the spaces for an entire aircraft carrier.

The five-man paint team begins their work after the regular crew goes home, and they waste no time painting assigned spaces.

According to Brown, the diligence of the paint team is something he can depend on.

“These guys are where the rubber meets the road,” said Brown. “They come in, get to work, and don’t stop till the job’s done. They do this all while performing independently with limited supervision.”

Thanks to the efforts of Carl Vinson’s paint team, the ship is one step closer to building a new era for 25 more years of service to the Navy.

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled RCOH at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive shipyard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

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