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Carl Vinson Prepares for Crew Move Aboard

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070514-14
Release Date: 5/14/2007 4:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Stephen Tate, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors stationed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are moving into the next phase of their Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH), since the aircraft carrier left dry dock for a pierside location at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard on May 9.

Now that the ship is back in the water and pierside after nearly two years in dry dock, Carl Vinson Sailors and employees from Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in bringing the aircraft carrier back to operational status.

“April 2008 is the tentative crew move aboard date,” said Senior Chief Ship’s Serviceman (AW) Jeffrey Davidson, the outfitting coordinator for Carl Vinson. “The complete focus now for the rest of the ship's RCOH is the crew move aboard, which will demonstrate a culmination of integration, strategy, and workmanship that will require the effort of our entire crew.”

Like any large shipbuilding project, each phase in an aircraft carrier's RCOH is planned well in advance.

“We were getting ready for the crew move aboard before the ship even entered RCOH,” said Ken Spence, the Northrop Grumman Newport News outfitting coordinator.

Spence said measures currently underway include spaces being painted, furniture being installed, equipment previously moved off the ship is being inventoried, and habitability kits for berthings have been ordered.

Davidson is quick to point out that a successful crew move aboard evolution is a team effort that requires the contributions of all of the ship's force and Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard employees.

“This is a concentrated effort that will show success through teamwork,” said Davidson. “When shipmates pick up trash on the ship, or catch a problem in machinery installation, or even notice an issue outside of their realm of responsibility and report it, we are all successful. Our Sailors have ownership, we have interaction, we have teamwork with our shipyard partners, which all leads to success for USS Carl Vinson.”

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