NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) put on some weight Nov. 20, when employees from the Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) shipyard installed the first portions of the port-side anchor chain.
Installing the 162-ton chain and 30-ton anchor was an important step in preparing Carl Vinson to leave dry dock by providing proper balance.
"The chain we are installing today will provide the proper weight to the front end and help balance her out," said Ship's Boatswain, Chief Warrant Officer John Singleton. "Tuesday [Nov. 21] we [installed] the port anchor, which should finish this two-day process."
In order for Vinson's anchor chain to be installed in a timely and successful manner, the integration and teamwork of the aircraft carrier's departments, along side Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard personnel, was crucial.
"The support of other departments and NGNN was very important to the completion of this task," said Singleton. "They [ship departments] organized their schedules to shut down their work centers in order to allow us to complete the mission. We couldn't have done it without them."
"Achievement of this important milestone, installation of one of the ship's anchors and its accompanying chain, is just another example of the effectiveness and professionalism of Team Carl Vinson," said Carl Vinson Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter. "Ship's force and Northrop Grumman Newport News have demonstrated the possibilities of precise coordination and close teamwork by accomplishing this evolution in such a safe, successful, and timely manner."
Carter said that this was one more step towards Vinson's goals.
"It's an important step in our work to build a new era for our ship, our people, and for the legacy of Carl Vinson," Carter said.
The 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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