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Team Carl Vinson Begins PIA

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150814-24

Release Date: 8/14/2015 3:40:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Travis S. Alston, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) put on hard hats and safety goggles to commence a Chief of Naval Operations planned incremental availability (PIA) period, Aug. 14, just two months after returning to homeport following a near 10-month deployment.

According to Mark Warner, Carl Vinson maintenance program manager, one of the primary efforts is updating the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), the computer network on board, to help maintain the projected 50-year service life of the ship.

"A lot of work and coordination went into planning for this maintenance period," said Warren. "After completing such a long deployment, the ship needs a bit of work. It is our goal and mission to support the crew and assist with keeping the ship mission ready."

The ship is receiving more than $300 million worth of improvements over the next six months during this availability.

Many Vinson Sailors will be temporarily reassigned to teams focused on specific maintenance to include painting, tiling, or watertight doors, to garner expertise and assure these maintenance tasks are completed on time.

"Many Sailors living on the ship were relocated to a berthing barge so that spaces can be renovated and improved," said Capt. Karl Thomas, Carl Vinson commanding officer. "A significant amount of work goes into maintenance periods so that our ships stay technologically relevant and ready to answer the call."

Coordination and teamwork between the crew and their civilian counterparts is absolutely critical to the success of the maintenance period, Thomas added.

"Leaning forward, staying on track, getting done early, and doing quality work - that's what we must set out to do this PIA," said Thomas. "These are complex ships with a tremendous number of subsystems and components. We will inevitably have surprises, but I have every confidence in this amazing team's ability to succeed and deliver the ship on time."

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