Gold Eagle Sailors Take Pride in Celebrating Navy Tradition

Story Number: NNS071015-03Release Date: 10/15/2007 2:11:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Sampedro, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Crew members aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) celebrated the Navy's 232nd birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony, Oct. 10, aboard the ship's floating accommodation facility.

During the observance, crew members shared stories from the Navy's rich history and emphasized the importance of learning naval heritage as part of a Sailor's professional development.

"I think it's awe-inspiring to take a moment to reflect on the Navy's history, especially as we progress with our refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) period and prepare to bring this mighty warship back to sea once again," said Carl Vinson's Command Master Chief Glenn Mallo. "Our crew is proud to celebrate this Navy tradition."

Carl Vinson's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter, said the celebration of the Navy's birthday was an opportunity to remind crewmembers of the important role they play in forging the history of tomorrow with the accomplishment of the aircraft carrier's current shipyard mission.

"Celebrating the Navy's birthday is one of our greatest traditions," said Carter. "The Navy is 232-years-old, with a volunteer force that began in 1972. Our crew is making history now as we work to rebuild this ship. What we do today during RCOH will have a great impact on the legacy of this ship, and our Navy."

For many Carl Vinson crew members, the observance brought forth a great sense of pride in their service as aircraft carrier Sailors.

"Being able to celebrate this day demonstrates our great pride and sense of tradition," said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Lamar Alexander, assigned to the ship's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance department (AIMD). "This same tradition and sense of history makes it an honor to serve aboard one of the Navy's 11 aircraft carriers."

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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