Cleaning Stations Making a Difference on 'Gold Eagle'

Story Number: NNS080221-10Release Date: 2/21/2008 2:12:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nina Hughes, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are manning their brooms this February as the ship revives the daily evolution of cleaning stations in support of the aircraft carrier's rapidly approaching crew move-aboard at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.

As the "Gold Eagle" draws closer to completion of its refueling complex overhaul, the ship's crew is doing their part to ensure the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returns to an operational tempo and routine on board.

"The cleaning stations evolution is important because it maintains day-to-day cleanliness on board," said Senior Chief Machinist's Mate (AW/SW) Shawn Schmoll. "Proper cleaning efforts now will prevent a major 'field day' toward the very end of RCOH, and will ensure that the crew's living, working, and eating spaces are in optimal shape by the time crew move-aboard comes around."

Not only are Carl Vinson Sailors taking care of daily dust and dirt build-up, they're also taking care of heavy-duty habitation projects as well. Grinding, priming, painting, and maintaining spaces are all part of the command effort.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW) Steven Rodriguez said the ship's upcoming crew move-aboard evolution will run a lot smoother and more efficiently because of the efforts by the crew with cleaning stations.

"Cleaning Stations brings us one step closer to manning the rails as our ship prepares to go back out to sea," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Keith Aiken. "It seems small, but it's very important because soon, we'll be living on this ship every day. This ship will become our home away from home. We must establish a high standard of cleanliness now, and sustain this standard."

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