NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- More than 200 USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors marked a milestone in their naval careers when they were frocked to third, second and first class petty officers during ceremonies held June 9.
Ship's company packed the gymnasium at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Va., to witness their shipmates' promotion to the next enlisted rank, which, by tradition, honors the hard work and knowledge level of each petty officer.
"This advancement ceremony proves that hard work and dedication pays off. It's exciting to see the promotion of over 200 Carl Vinson Sailors," said Carl Vinson's acting command master chief, Master Chief Machinist's Mate Calvin Watson Jr. "These Sailors will assume additional responsibilities and be a part of the leadership team that molds junior Sailors toward future success."
Vinson Commanding Officer, Capt. Kevin Donegan gave his praise during his opening remarks at the ceremony.
"I just want to say 'great job' to everybody; it doesn't get any better than this," said Donegan. "Wear that rank proudly. It looks great. Thanks to the whole team that helped these Sailors advance."
As each petty officer received their new designation with one, two or three chevrons to signify their new rank, the room erupted with applause. For one new third class petty officer, the ceremony brought a reaffirmed sense of pride.
"This means the world to me," said Shopkeeper 3rd Class Jessica Hall. "I feel like I can breathe a little easier because I've worked so hard for this. It's great because this is recognition for all of that."
With their newly appointed rank, the petty officers inherit further responsibility in helping shape junior Sailors.
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.
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