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Enterprise Completes Pad Eye Testing

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS091210-02
Release Date: 12/10/2009 2:12:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Martinez

USS ENTERPRISE, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully accomplished pad eye testing Dec. 5 in preparation to return to the fleet after more than 18 months in the shipyards.

The sliding pad eye is a mechanical tool used for the safe transfer of food, ammunition, mail and cargo during underway replenishments. It is an essential part of at-sea operations.

The pad eye was sent through nine different load checks to ensure it could operate safely.

"By running these tests we can make sure that all the maintenance we've performed throughout this shipyard availability was done properly," said Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Sequincy Culver.

Deck department Sailors and shipyard employees worked side-by-side to complete this evolution.

"Without help from the shipyard we wouldn't have been able to run these checks," said Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christopher M. Harris. "They provided us with the necessary equipment we needed such as the crane, cables and shackles."

Overall, Big E still has more evolutions to complete before heading back to Norfolk naval base. This event proved to be a step in the right direction.

"This event was a huge achievement for Deck department as well as for the ship as a whole," said Harris. "Now that we know the pad eye works properly, we can begin working on other projects we must complete before leaving the shipyards."

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.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

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