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USNS Flint Visits Naval Station Everett

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070507-19
Release Date: 5/7/2007 4:24:00 PM

By Information Technician Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Wade-Brent, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Ammunition ship, USNS Flint (T-AE 32), arrived at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett for a brief port visit, May 2.

Flint pulled pierside following a deployment during which the ship completed the off-load of ordnance from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Capt. Robert Holly, the civilian master of Flint, said while on base they were planning on taking some much needed time off and conduct some security training in preparation for their 60-day mid-term overhaul.

“This is a very rare opportunity for us, so we are planning to relax, take care of some maintenance and use the recreational facilities here on base,” said Holly.

Flint is the fifth of the Kilauea-class ammunition ships and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the city in Michigan. As one of Military Sealift Fleet Support Command's assets, Flint consist of a crew of 135 federal service employees and four active-duty Navy Sailors.

Operation Specialist 2nd Class (SW) James Day has been stationed on Flint since January and said he is excited to spend some time in the Washington area.

“I plan to go and spend time with family members here and see some of the sites in Seattle,” said Day. “Naval Station Everett is a great base and I plan to go to the Navy Exchange and work on my skills at Navy College.”

Senior Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Brian Bohn said they have been on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility for the last 12 months and being able to visit the United States is a good opportunity to keep his guys current on what is happening in the fleet.

“We plan on using this opportunity to go over to the other ships so my guys can work on their (warfare qualifications) and some operational training,” said Bohn. “It is nice to be on a naval station to get some support from other ships and let my guys see how other ship’s combat centers work.”

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