NAVSEA Commander Tours USS Carl Vinson

Story Number: NNS080405-02Release Date: 4/5/2008 9:53:00 AM
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From USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) welcomed Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, (NAVSEA) April 2, as part of a visit to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard in Newport News.

While aboard Vinson, Vice Adm. Paul Sullivan received a first-hand look at the progress with the aircraft carrier's current refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) process. With the end of RCOH in sight, Cmdr. Steve Koehler, the ship's executive officer, noted the crew enjoyed the opportunity to host Sullivan, and show him the preparations they have made to successfully move the crew back on board.

"It was a pleasure to show off the product of the ship's work, and the shipyard to Admiral Sullivan and NAVSEA," said Koehler. "We're all proud of the teamwork here in the shipyard that is helping us to successfully accomplish this overhaul period."

During the course of the tour, Sullivan had the opportunity to see spaces where crew members will live and work once they move back aboard. Sullivan was shown newly refurbished berthing, and visited a new damage control repair locker already outfitted with equipment and manned with Sailors.

For Sailors assigned to Carl Vinson's damage control team and crew members throughout the ship, Sullivan's presence signified just how important their work is in transitioning the aircraft carrier from a shipyard environment back to operational status.

"The admiral's visit reminds us why we're all here," said Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Nichole Alt. "To prepare this ship to get underway and become operational once again."

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 lifecycle.

During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and to prepare her for another 25 years or more of service.

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