Carl Vinson Undergoes Medical Surveillance Inspection

Story Number: NNS080207-17Release Date: 2/7/2008 2:56:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nina Hughes, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Medical Department was recognized in January for it's excellence in maintaining the health care needs of the ship's crew, a distinction awarded during a recent visit and inspection by commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet surgeon.

Capt. Lee Mandel, the chief inspector involved in the examination, visited Carl Vinson. During the inspection, annual periodic health assessments were reviewed to ensure birth month recall and individual medical readiness programs are being managed efficiently. These important records ensure the ship and its crew are medically ready for operational commitments and remains qualified to serve on sea duty.

According to Mandel, Carl Vinson's medical team is performing at a high level.

"CVN 70 did incredibly well with the inspection," said Mandel. "It's living proof that life goes on, even in the yards."

Carl Vinson's Medical Department team was also satisfied with the results of the inspection, which affirmed the hard work Sailors contribute every day in maintaining a capable medical facility on board the aircraft carrier.

"Our Sailors are working so diligently," said Chief Hospital Corpsman (AW/SW) Richard Joseph. "The results of the inspection are proof of their profound dedication."

The assessment and inspection are performed routinely every 11 months to ensure Navy medical facilities are at or above planned medical readiness standard levels.

"I am very pleased with how well we did on this inspection," said Senior Medical Officer, Cmdr. Christopher Lucas. "I'm proud of all the hard work the entire Medical department has done to get us where we are now. Our Sailors do a great job and we're proud of them."

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