Bechtel Engineers Tour USS Carl Vinson

Story Number: NNS060919-01Release Date: 9/19/2006 8:44:00 AM
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From USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Engineers from Bechtel Plant Machinery Incorporated (BPMI) of Pittsburgh, Pa., came aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sept. 16 to see firsthand how their work benefits an aircraft carrier.

The engineers from BPMI are responsible for the design and procurement of major components for nuclear-powered ships. By touring Carl Vinson, they were able to see their product in the hands of a customer.

"This familiarizes them with what happens in the shipyard, and gives them the opportunity to see the parts they have designed, and how they are put to use," said Mike Medlin, of the BPMI Reactor Plant Contractors Office in Newport News. "This also gives them a face-to-face with the end-user of their product."

The end-users are the Sailors of Carl Vinson. "Gold Eagle" crew members visited with the 41 engineers throughout their tour of CVN 70, including Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class (SW/AW) David Arends, who briefed them on the progress of Vinson's overhaul of catapult four, and how the system works.

"They had a lot of questions about how the catapult systems operate," said Arends. "This tour was fun and I enjoy showing people our ship."

The engineers also visited Carl Vinson's work control center to have a look at how Carl Vinson's team works around-the-clock, alongside the ship's partner workforce from Northrop Grumman Newport News, to complete the aircraft carrier's yard period both on time and within budget.

Other aspects of the engineer's tour included a visit to the ship's forecastle, where they met with Carl Vinson Deck Department personnel, representatives from Vinson's damage control team and zone managers, and a tour of the hangar bays.

"It's nice to meet the people who use our products," said BPMI Fleet Provisioning Engineer Lisa Leggett. "It's been great to come aboard USS Carl Vinson and see the actual part, or final product."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled Refuel and 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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