NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. David Architzel, program executive officer for aircraft carriers, and Rear Adm. Denby Starling, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMNAVAIRLANT), came aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Aug. 31 to evaluate the progress of the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.
Architzel leads the team responsible for the acquisition and development of aircraft carriers and air platforms of the future, as well as modernizing and upgrading the present carrier fleet to support the Chief of Naval Operation's "Sea Power 21" concept. COMNAVAIRLANT ensures that Atlantic fleet squadrons and carrier crews are trained and their aircraft and ships are ready for action.
Carl Vinson crew members visited with Architzel and Starling throughout their tour of CVN 70, including Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Quinnton Lawson, who briefed them on the progress of maintenance performed by Carl Vinson's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department during RCOH.
"I spoke about my role in shipboard maintenance and discussed my shop's contribution to RCOH," said Lawson.
Architzel and Starling also met with personnel from Vinson's Inport Emergency Team, where the admirals were briefed on how the ship's damage control teams respond to emergencies during RCOH.
"The admirals commended our efforts and asked about the challenges our fire parties have," said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Scott Shore. "They were impressed that USS Carl Vinson is so well prepared for Deep Extraction and Vertical Rescue."
While aboard "America's Favorite Aircraft Carrier," Architzel voiced his praise to the Carl Vinson and Northrop Grumman team.
"The Vinson crew is very enthusiastic and dedicated to their mission here," said Architzel. "It's a very rewarding experience to come and see both the shipyard employees and the Sailors here, who are working so well together with a common focus on producing a carrier ready for task."
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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