Rear Adm. Berube Visits “Gold Eagle”


Story Number: NNS051018-13Release Date: 10/18/2005 10:05:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW/AW) William Lopez, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Raymond Berube, director of Logistics/Fleet Supply Officer, Fleet Forces Command, paid a visit to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Oct. 11 to see how the aircraft carrier's supply services are evolving as the "Gold Eagle" prepares for overhaul, as well as answer questions from the ship's supply corps officers aboard.

Berube, who oversees supply logistics for both the west and east coast fleets, received a brief tour of the "Gold Eagle" while its ship's coordinated offload & outfitting plan (SCOOP) is currently underway. During SCOOP, all equipment and material not permanently attached to the ship is removed in preparation for Vinson's upcoming overhaul.

Following the tour, Berube met with Vinson's supply corps officers on the command's floating accommodation facility (FAF), a floating office building, housing various ship offices during the overhaul.

"I just wanted to spend some time with the command's supply officers," said Berube. "I was hoping to get positive feedback on issues and thoughts from the supply community on the ship's current mission."

Berube answered several questions during the meeting, including several on the future of the Navy's supply corps community.

"Overall, a lot of good information was exchanged today, and I'm very happy with what I've seen here," said Berube.

Carl Vinson is currently being stripped of all items not permanently attached to the deck in preparation for its arrival in Newport News, Va., where it will begin its refuel and complex overhaul (RCOH).

Carl Vinson is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is preparing to move to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding this fall to begin its RCOH. During RCOH, Carl Vinson will have its nuclear fuel replenished and will be upgraded with the latest technology, enabling the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to serve for another 25 years or more.

For related news, visit the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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