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Lincoln Fired Up To Be Test Bed for New Ovens

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Story Number: NNS091024-07
Release Date: 10/24/2009 5:24:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacquelyn Childs, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash (NNS) -- Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) has chosen USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to be the test bed for brand new technologically advanced ovens that could potentially be used onboard all U. S. aircraft carriers.

Lincoln is testing three different ovens, the Boldgett Hydrovection, Rational Combi, and Alto Shaam Combi-therm. They will be tested to see which is more suitable and durable.

The ovens can be programmed to cook a certain item at specific times, and will all be programmed with the Navy standard menu. Everything on the menu has an individual menu card that instructs the culinary specialists exactly how to prepare the item. Now it will all be saved in the oven's memory.

"Now the culinary specialist doesn't have to read off the card and set everything accordingly. It's as simple as pressing a few buttons," said Culinary Specialist First Class Eric Russell, the ship's oven expert.

For example, the menu card for beef roast rib says to roast the meat for three to four hours at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the oven knows this, the CS just has to look under the beef section for roast rib and the oven knows the exact temperature and time left to cook.

In cases like beef rib roast where the menu card instructs the CS to insert a thermometer and roast until it reaches a certain temperature in the center, the new oven has another convenient feature. There is a sensor the CS can insert in the meat so the oven can keep track of the temperature itself. It knows that according to the menu card, beef rib roast must be roasted until the center is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So it adjusts the remaining time according to the temperature of the meat.

The ovens can also have menu items added along the way. Originally it will have the basic CNAF menu but the ship can add special menu items as needed.

The items can also be adjusted. If Lincoln Sailors don't like the way the ovens cook the fries, the CSs can change the time and temperature to make the fries crispier.

Another feature the new ovens have is a self-cleaning application. This will save many hours of scrubbing the grime out of the ovens and keep the ovens in the best condition possible.

"Probably the best thing about these new ovens is the way it prepares food. It should increase the quality," said Russell. "Normal ovens prepare food with only heat. These new combination ovens combine steam and heat to keep moisture in the food while it is being heated at the same time."

These ovens are only one of the many upgrades the Lincoln is receiving during its Planned Incremental Availability to increase efficiency and morale of the Sailors onboard.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.



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