NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., for the third time in its young life Jan. 9.
The following day, Truman slipped into dry-dock, out of water for the first time since she was built.
"I believe that since we've been doing carriers, this was one of the fastest dockings yet," said NNSY Project Superintendent Glenn Edwards. "I was extremely pleased with how well the docking was orchestrated."
"We parked overnight and waited until daylight to make the early tide into dry-dock," said Truman NNSY Project Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ed Bluestone, "which we needed to actually clear the dry-dock."
Truman's ongoing dry-docked planned incremental availability (DPIA), is a new experience for the ship.
"It's unique in that we'll do a lot of work that can't be done waterborne," said Bluestone. "It's extensive, and it creates the need for a longer availability, about 11 months."
Bluestone added that compared to last PIA's approximately 235,000 ship's force man-hours, this DPIA will see almost 800,000.
Even though Sailors won't live aboard ship during DPIA, they'll spend enough time aboard that they must stay aware of the heightened industrial hazards of their new environment.
In an all-hands address before transiting to NNSY, Commanding Officer Capt. James Gigliotti stressed the continuum of operational risk management, which is just as important on the blocks as it is on the ocean.
"This is a maintenance deployment," said Gigliotti. "The environment is going to change drastically from what we're used to.
As always, safety is the first priority for Truman Sailors working alongside NNSY civilians. There will be challenges above and beyond the ship's first two shipyard availabilities, but all hands are ready and willing to make DPIA 2006 a success.
"Safety gear is required on the ship at all times," said Gigliotti, "including safety goggles, a hard hat, earplugs on your person, and as always, steel-toed safety shoes."
Truman is expected to remain in dry-dock until August, and will leave the shipyard in the fall.
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