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Services Move Back Aboard USS Enterprise

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090904-11
Release Date: 9/4/2009 2:42:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devonte’ Jones, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Recently, a lot of changes have been happening on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Department-provided services have been moved back aboard, making the "Big E" self-sufficient once again, without the aid of the APL-61 support barge.

From the clean, hot water provided by Engineering Department to the management of service records and pay support provided by Executive Department, the crew of Big E is preparing the ship for sea. In addition, the ship's laundry services have started up again this week.

Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) J.B. Mitchell, the leading petty officer of Executive Department's X-1 Division, stated that moving back aboard Big E has improved customer service.

"It's easier for customer service to have everything in one area," said Mitchell. "We realize the impact that we have on everybody's lives on a daily basis."

Recently, the gym reopened. It was previously located on APL-61.

"Getting all of our equipment back on board has been a long and difficult process," said Brooke Newton, the ship's acting fit boss. "Typically, ships don't have gyms during shipyard periods, so it's been difficult in the sense of getting all the gear through the yards and getting them pieced together."

Overall, Big E is making great strides toward returning to full operational status and the ship's service departments play a huge role in making that happen.

Enterprise is currently undergoing a maintenance period in the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard and training to maintain proficiency in preparation to return to the fleet.

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