CNAL Tours Carl Vinson During RCOH

Story Number: NNS071003-06Release Date: 10/3/2007 4:08:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maja Dyson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew members welcomed Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL), Oct. 1, to review the progress of the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).

Visiting the ship for the first time since taking over command, Goodwin and his staff had the opportunity to tour Carl Vinson's updated berthings, Reactor, Combat Systems and Air department spaces. He also had the opportunity to meet with Carl Vinson's crew and Northrop Grumman Newport News project team members.

Carl Vinson crew members who met Goodwin in person said they were proud to have him on board for a tour.

"It was a great opportunity to meet USS Carl Vinson's former executive officer," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeremy Landry, of Combat Systems Department. "He was really down to earth and showed a deep care for not only the ship's progression with our overhaul, but also how the Sailors were [adapting to] this change of lifestyle."

While making his tour of ship's spaces, Goodwin commented on the memories brought back from his own experiences as an aircraft carrier commanding officer.

"When I walked around USS Carl Vinson, I noticed how well the crew is progressing with the ship's RCOH," said Goodwin. "They are certainly living up to the legacy of this great warship."

During Goodwin's final route through the ship's hangar bay, he was given a command ball cap and coin presented by Carl Vinson's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter.

"Admiral Goodwin had the opportunity to get a real good sense of the hard work and contributions of our entire project team," said Carter. "We're all dedicated to delivering USS Carl Vinson back to the fleet for 25 more years of service."

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 prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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