Carl Vinson Sailors Brave Unknown


Story Number: NNS061226-02Release Date: 12/26/2006 9:30:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Chris Fahey, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs Office

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- Seven Sailors from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) braved the "adventure into the unknown" outing Dec. 15, sponsored by the ship's Moral, Welfare and Recreation(MWR) office.

The monthly adventures take Sailors to activities purposely kept secret until the group arrives on the location of the event, in an effort to motivate Carl Vinson Sailors to try new endeavors they would normally shy away from.

According to USS Carl Vinson's Afloat Recreation Specialist Erin Saluta, this month's excursion to Virginia Beach's Rock Gym - an indoor rock climbing facility - proved that Sailors can have fun despite stepping outside their norm.

"Indoor rock climbing is a great team builder and is a lot of fun once you try [it], but most are scared to give it a shot," said Saluta. "By keeping it a secret, we were able to get people to step outside their comfort zone. Despite never trying rock climbing, the participants said they had a fantastic time."

After arriving at the climbing facility, Saluta - a qualified climbing facilitator - gave a safety brief covering proper donning of the climbing gear and began teaching Sailors basic knot tying, belaying and climbing techniques. Shortly after, the would-be spidermen took to the wall and began scaling away.

"The trip was outstanding," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW) Todd Brown, from Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD). "I've never been wall climbing before and the trip provided the opportunity to connect with shipmates on a more personal level. It's definitely something I would do again."

Past adventures facilitated by Carl Vinson's MWR division have included kayaking and enjoying box seats at a local Norfolk Admirals hockey game. Saluta and her entertainment team plan to provide Vinson Sailors with more fun mysteries through the upcoming year.

USS 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.

For related news, visit the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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