NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Project Team leaders from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the "Gold Eagle" and Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard gathered together Feb. 6, for a planning conference to discuss strategies for managing the final phase of the ship's Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
The day-long meeting, called Project Management College (PMC), was an opportunity for Sailors and shipyard employees alike to sit down and examine processes, management techniques, lines of communication and to determine best practices to enhance teamwork and productivity across the project team.
Carl Vinson Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter opened the one-day seminar by telling crew members 2008 will be a very challenging, yet exciting year for Team Carl Vinson, highlighted by the crew's move back aboard ship scheduled for later in the year.
"This year, our Sailors will actually live, sleep and eat aboard Carl Vinson for the first time in three years," said Carter. "This is an exciting statement for where we're at in this overhaul project."
With almost three years into Carl Vinson's RCOH, team members have a healthy appreciation for the complexities of an aircraft carrier overhaul and realize every member of the project is critical for success.
"Accomplishing an RCOH is one of the most challenging industrial feats of our time," said Cmdr. John Markowicz, the ship's chief engineer. "We have a very busy year ahead of us; the big focus is production toward the move-aboard and getting out of the yards. Every person on this team will be critical to accomplishing our RCOH mission."
PMC gave Sailors the opportunity to interact with other project team members and focus on how to execute efficient methods of communication and coordination to achieve the "Gold Eagle's" overhaul objectives.
With a crew of more than 2,700 Sailors, production is expected to rise to higher levels, paving the way for Vinson to make its way out of the shipyard and back to operational status.
"Every crew member, from our junior to senior Sailor, is getting the big picture today, and the PMC is a milestone demonstrating where CVN 70 came from and where we need to go," said USS Carl Vinson Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Glenn Mallo. "Amongst all the challenges that come along with an arduous shipyard period, we can and will make this happen as one team – one fight."
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.
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