Ronald Reagan's Weapons Department Receives Perfect Score


Story Number: NNS080225-20Release Date: 2/25/2008 4:15:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Torrey W. Lee, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The weapons department aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received a perfect score of 100 percent during the conventional ordnance safety review (COSR) performed Feb. 18-22 while the ship was in homeport.

The COSR is a week-long inspection that focuses on the ship's storage, management, and movement of ordnance. These inspections gauge how well the ship's ordnance is monitored and maintained for a consistent ready to issue status.

"It's a total inspection of 15 different programs," said Lt. Cmdr. Dion J. Edon, Ronald Reagan's ordnance handling officer. "It shows the individual knowledge of our young Sailors."

Edon said that the inspectors repeatedly remarked on how the junior Sailors aboard Ronald Reagan displayed their ability to use their knowledge in practical applications.

"We proved that our Sailors didn't only prep [for the inspection}, but they do it right, every day," said Edon.

Edon said that the inspectors were extremely thorough in their search to find possible safety discrepancies, and looked within the ship's ordnance workspaces for unsafe handling techniques to ensure the proper use of ordnance equipment.

"The inspectors were detailed, with the ship recently performing missile exercise and ordnance handling, the inspectors had a fresh look at how we conduct business," said Edon.

He explained that in order to pass this graded evolution, a ship must score the minimum of 80 percent or higher.

"I promised the [executive officer] if we got a 100 percent, I would do a jig," said Edon.

Ronald Reagan received the perfect score of 100 percent, and Edon kept to his word as he stood from his seat and performed the symbolic dance (jig) for his department.

"The whole purpose of this visit was to get an expert outside-eye looking at how we do business," said Cmdr. Thomas Karney, Ronald Reagan's "gun boss" and head of the Weapons Department. "I was extremely proud of our department and the score we received."

"Our Sailors prepped three months in advance. It was long hours and a lot of hard work for our junior Sailors," said Chief Aviation Ordnancemen (AW/SW) Matthew Wright, from Ronald Reagan's Weapons Department. "If we had failed, we wouldn't be qualified to store ordnance and that would affect the command. So it was essential that we maintained our mission for the entire command.

Edon said he was actually not surprised with how Sailors within the department performed during the inspection.

"Our department motto is 'safety, supervision and communication.' We do business the right way all the time," said Edon.

For more news from USS Ronald Reagan, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn76/.

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