NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Dr. Delores M. Etter, toured USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on Jan. 26 during her visit to the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.
While aboard, Dr. Etter saw firsthand the progress being made during Carl Vinson's current refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) and the outstanding level of teamwork that exists between Vinson's crew, employees from Northrop Grumman Newport News, and other team members such as supervisor of shipbuilding, Newport News.
"You don't realize what a real team effort this is until you come on board and visit with the personnel that are getting the job done," said Etter. "It's really clear to me that everyone here has a real sense of ownership of what they are doing. It's really exciting to get to see this."
Although brief, Dr. Etter's tour provided Sailors from Carl Vinson and employees from Northrop Grumman Newport News the opportunity to demonstrate their RCOH
success for the Navy's senior acquisition official.
"She witnessed the teamwork between our ship's crew, supervisor of shipbuilding, and the Northrop Grumman Newport News employees," said Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter. "This was the first time she ever saw the RCOH process during this stage, and she seemed very impressed by the scope and magnitude of what we are doing."
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled 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 to prepare her for another 25 years or more of service.
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