USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- The crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), fresh from a global combat deployment and a change of homeport from Bremerton, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., are carrying out their Shipboard Coordinated Offload and Outfitting Plan (SCOOP) in October in preparation for Carl Vinson's mid-lifecycle overhaul.
SCOOP is the process of removing equipment, supplies and furniture from the ship in preparation for its Reactor Refuel and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
"Right now we are taking everything off the ship," said Lt. Cmdr. Marcia T. Coleman, Carl Vinson's SCOOP coordinator. "Everything has to be bar-coded and inventoried before it is taken to a warehouse for three years, delivered to DRMO (Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office), or sent to another activity for use."
For the crew of the "Gold Eagle," SCOOP has meant new challenges. Similar evolutions on other aircraft carriers were carried out by large groups of crew members who were assigned to SCOOP teams, but in Carl Vinson's case, the massive undertaking is in the hands of the men and women who care most for their gear - the crew members who ply their trade in each workspace.
"We set up our SCOOP differently than the last two ships," said Coleman. "They used 400- and 800-person SCOOP teams to perform the workload. Carl Vinson has left the departments in charge of SCOOPing their spaces because we believe in ownership. We believe that our Sailors will take better care of our ship and our belongings than anyone else."
Carl Vinson's SCOOP was originally expected to be completed Nov. 7, but has been accelerated and is now scheduled for completion Oct. 31, according to
"The completion date was accelerated because we are well ahead of schedule," said Coleman.
"One thing that put us ahead of schedule was the fact that we began to SCOOP spaces prior to arriving in Norfolk. Spaces like voids and passageways - 'low-hanging fruit,' as I call it - were SCOOPed and gotten out of the way prior to pulling in. Voids are very time-consuming as they have to be [certified gas-free] prior to entering, so we knocked out the large majority of them while we were underway and had gas-free engineers available 24/7."
Following SCOOP, Carl Vinson will be towed to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., where it will undergo its RCOH, which will prepare the ship for at least another 25 years of service.
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