Vinson Sailors Lay Happy Trails

Story Number: NNS060730-04Release Date: 7/30/2006 4:49:00 PM
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From USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (NNS) -- Thirteen Sailors from USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Combat Systems Radar Division helped restore walking trails at Endview Plantation in Newport News, Va., July 21.

The Sailors' efforts at Endview round off the division's goal to provide aid to a few of Newport News' historical treasures.

"[My division's] personnel have taken an active roll in the historical preservation of two publicly owned landmarks - Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion," said Vinson volunteer, Electronics Technician 1st Class(SW/AW) Jonathan Marrs. "City funding for maintenance is very tight, so our volunteer work provides a much-needed and well received 'repair boost' to the local community."

Built in 1769 by William Harwood, the "T"-frame Georgian-style house, renamed Endview in the 1850s, served as a Confederate hospital during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Endview acquired its distinctive name in the mid-19th century when the farm land, which originally led to the north (back) side of the house, was moved so that the dwelling was approached from the west. Thus, visitors were greeted with an "end view." The house retains this approach and has been restored to its 1862 appearance.

Endview was acquired by the city of Newport News in 1995. Shortly thereafter, the restoration of this historic plantation began to take Endview back to its original configuration.

Radar Division Sailors were looking for projects that would have a positive and lasting impact in the community. Through both the Endview and Lee Hall projects, the team was able to set up the groundwork for what would become a valuable relationship with the city of Newport News

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 her for another 25 years or more of service.

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