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Bataan's Crew Moves Back Aboard

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Story Number: NNS080301-08
Release Date: 3/1/2008 10:27:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy L. Grisham, USS Bataan Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Bataan (LHD 5) Sailors passed yet another milestone in their depot planned maintenance availability (DPMA) period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) as they moved back aboard Feb. 26.

For more than five months, upgrades and habitability projects in the ship's galley and mess decks have prevented the crew from eating and living aboard.

Bataan's crew has been occupying several locations around NNSY, including a barge for office spaces, the base dental clinic and the base barracks, but as the ship nears completion of the DPMA period it is time for the crew to move aboard the ship once again.

Since her arrival at NNSY in early September 2007, Bataan's crew has been hard at work assisting contractors with the installation of various new equipment and systems throughout the ship.

"The food service divisions started planning and moving a week prior, as we had to move more than 200 pallets of food," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew Johnson, Bataan's food service officer. "But it is great to finally have everyone and all the quality of life services in one place."

The move-aboard included not only the physical movement of the ship's offices and personnel, but also everyday evolutions to take back ownership of the ship. The crew conducted a general quarters drill, man overboard and abandoned ship training. At the end of the day, Bataan rewarded the crew for all their hard work following a pirate field day with a special meal of pizza and wings, an ice cream social and cinema-at-sea.

"It is a little more complicated for everyone to be on the ship," said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alexander Vojinov. "But I look forward to actually going places and being on the ship while it's out to sea."

Earlier this month, Bataan flooded the dry-dock that had been her home for more than five months, where contractors and the ship's crew have been working on various modifications and habitability projects, such as the MV-22 Osprey modification in the hangar bay, and installation of a compensating fuel system.

Bataan is more than halfway through her eight-month DPMA period. Bataan is the fifth ship of the Navy's Wasp-class ships. She was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997, and is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name.

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