BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) in Bremerton from Naval Station Everett for a scheduled six-month maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Aug. 29.
Key to the success of the transit and the maintenance period were preparation and planning.
“We spent quite a bit of time coordinating the ship’s movement to Naval Base Kitsap,” said Senior Chief Aerographer’s Mate Dave Martinez. “Although the move is inconvenient for some, it will benefit Sailors' morale with improvements made to the berthings. The crew may also enjoy the ship’s proximity of the Navy Exchange and commissary while at Naval Base Kitsap.”
The nearly 1,100-foot-long vessel will use Dry-Dock No. 6 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, which is the largest on the West Coast and is suitable for aircraft carriers. While there, the crew and shipyard workers will perform major refurbishing and modernization maintenance on the ship.
“I work in reactor control and we have quite a bit of maintenance to complete,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Robert Desisto. “Some of the equipment will be upgraded and will greatly improve the ship.”
The ship will be in dry-dock for approximately 105 days as maintenance is being done on various storage tanks and airplane launching catapults. The ship will also receive upgrades to its restroom facilities, and new non-skid material will be applied to the flight deck.
“There will be lots of chipping, grinding and painting going on in my shop,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Erich Kent. “We will work on improving the flight deck during the dry dock period."
About one-third of the crew of 3,300 will be ferried by boat between Bremerton and Naval Station Everett daily, while Sailors who normally live on the ship will be housed in Bremerton during the Lincoln's shipyard stay.
“In my shop, the only time we can fix the equipment is during the yard period,” said Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Joy Vance. “It will make for lots of long days and hard work, but I plan to enjoy my time in Bremerton. It has a bowling alley that is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.”
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