CVN 70 Operations Claims Latest Departmental Challenge Victory

Story Number: NNS080211-12Release Date: 2/11/2008 1:34:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monika Rios, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors came together for some friendly competition in the command's latest departmental challenge Jan. 29 at the Huntington Hall gym in Newport News.

Carl Vinson Medical Department personnel assisted the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee in organizing nine teams, a total of 90 Sailors, to participate and put their best feet forward in the dodgeball tournament.

A team from the aircraft carrier's Operations Department pulled together to claim victory in the tournament. With the winner's trophy in tow, Sailors from the department walked away from the games with smiles from cheek to cheek.

"We enjoyed the tournament, and we can appreciate the camaraderie of being a department outside of 'work,'" said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Chris Tyler, from Operations Department's security division. "We are always up for competition and a good challenge. And because we won, we have bragging rights until the next departmental challenge comes up. That's always fun."

MWR arranges positive sporting events for Carl Vinson's crew every month in an ongoing effort to keep Sailors' morale and motivation at optimum levels. An added bonus, the competitions encourage Sailors to stay involved with command-sponsored activities.

"The departmental challenge was a great opportunity to get our department together to interact with other departments on the ship in a fun and active setting," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels)(AW) 1st Class Jesse Lawless, from Air Department's V-4 division.

"The more we are able to come together as a team, the more our Sailors will be inspired to remain involved throughout the ship," said Lawless. "It's just another example of the esprit-de-corps we have on board with everything we do."

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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