NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are replacing new space identification markers, commonly known as "bull's eyes," in their shipboard spaces during the month of October as the aircraft carrier prepares to transition its crew back aboard the ship beginning in late 2008.
Bull's eyes, which contain the applicable tack number along with the division responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a space, are a necessary part of the ship's organization and aid damage control teams in accessing and locating spaces during shipboard emergencies.
"They [bull's eyes] are like the road signs for a Navy ship," said Hull Technician 3rd Class Charlotte Moss, a damage control coordinator aboard Carl Vinson. "We use them to find our way around, and when we see a space that needs action, we know who to contact based on the information on the bull's eye."
The introduction of the new bull's eyes in Carl Vinson's spaces comes during a time when many of the aircraft carrier's spaces are being refurbished and repainted, which places an even greater emphasis on the careful and methodical installation of identification markers by the ship's crew.
"We've done extensive training with the DCPO's (damage control petty officers) on the placement of these bull's eyes," said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Robert Thomas. "We want to make sure our bull's eyes are placed on the bulkheads correctly so they will last for the duration of their intended life cycle."
To ensure a smooth introduction and application of these new space markers, Carl Vinson's damage control team is working with each space owner to ensure the bull's eyes are placed in locations where Sailors can benefit from their display.
"We don't want any of the bull's eyes to be placed until the space is completely finished; including all furnishings," said Moss. "These bull's eyes are meant to be obvious and easily identifiable
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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