Carl Vinson Sailors Emphasize Electrical Safety Awareness

Story Number: NNS080122-09Release Date: 1/22/2008 5:42:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monika Rios, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began a weeklong electrical standdown Jan. 18 in an effort to provide refresher training on the potential dangers of electricity in shipboard environments.

The standdown was organized by the ship's leadership to heighten awareness and prevent mishaps as the crew makes preparations to move back aboard the aircraft carrier in late 2008.

Lt. Daniel Davignon, Carl Vinson's electrical officer, is leading the event and reemphasizing proper procedure and protocol from both a technical and operational standpoint.

"Using proper procedures and protective gear at all times may not only reduce the severity of a mishap if it was to occur, but it may very well prevent a mishap from happening all together," said Davignon. "All hands are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment throughout the ship, and routinely reeducating shipmates on how to effectively do this will go a long way with mishap prevention."

Davignon has a key message for Carl Vinson crew members in the effort to remain safe with electricity in shipboard environments.

"If you are not aware of your surroundings, you are doing nothing to prevent mishaps from occurring," said Davignon. "Always remain vigilant and continue to be observant of your surroundings."

Thus far, Carl Vinson Sailors who have attended the stand down classes have come away with a renewed respect for the dangers with electricity aboard ship.

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Kenyea Hamlin, a member of the ship's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance department, said the information helped her think about the simple dangers of a shipboard environment that Sailors can easily take for granted.

"None of us can afford to take our environments aboard ship for granted," said Hamlin. "Electrical safety awareness should be part of everyone's daily routine."

But even for the pros, the Sailors who work around electrical environments every day as part of their jobs, the training served as a reminder of the things they must do to keep safe while on the job.

"A basic reminder of safety precautions can only have a positive effect for Sailors," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Thomas Carlisle, of Carl Vinson's Combat Systems Department. "Today's training reminded me that getting the job done right means doing it safely."

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.

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