Carl Vinson's Air Department Saves $5.1 Million

Story Number: NNS071113-05Release Date: 11/13/2007 3:04:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Air Department finalized the refurbishment of the aircraft carrier's island Nov. 7, as the ship prepares for its crew move aboard scheduled for late 2008 at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.

With the task of painting the aircraft carrier's island by ship's force personnel, the crew has helped save approximately $5.1 million for Carl Vinson's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) and helped the entire project team remain on schedule.

"Our team has sanded, primed, and painted every square inch of the entire island structure," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Adrian Deshotel, the painting project's leading chief petty officer.

In accomplishing this task, Deshotel said the "Gold Eagle" Air Department took a methodical approach to their work, placing more emphasis on the quality of work than on quantity of work performed; a work ethic that he said optimized the efficiency of man-hours through precision and attention to detail.

"It's our ship, so we're working on it with extra pride and professionalism," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW/SW) Jesse Parker, who was personally identified by Deshotel as one of the evolution's key players.

And for Carl Vinson Sailors, looking up at the flight deck island with fresh paint reminds them that Carl Vinson is well on its way to returning to operational status.

"Being that we're in the shipyard, we have to remember that all of these evolutions by our ship's force are helping the project-team deliver Carl Vinson back to the fleet on time," said Deshotel. "I'm very proud of the work that our Sailors have done. The new paint on the island is really starting to make USS Carl Vinson look more like a ship ready to go to sea."

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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