NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Chief Petty Officers (CPO) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) assembled at the ship's forecastle April 1, in celebration of the 115th birthday of the Navy chief.
The celebration kicked off with a recital of the Sailor's creed by all chief petty officers aboard and an address by Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Glenn Mallo.
"The 115th birthday for the chief petty officer signifies years of Navy tradition," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/SW) Jennifer Boles.
In one example of traditional practices at the ceremony, Chief Machinist's Mate (SW) Jeff Church, the youngest chief on board, and Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Mauro Vejano, Carl Vinson's oldest chief, cut a specially prepared cake to commemorate the event.
Currently, Carl Vinson has 191 chief petty officers serving aboard; all helping to ensure that the "Gold Eagle" succeeds in its mission of retuning the aircraft carrier back to the fleet and to operational status. This important milestone, according to Mallo, rests in the hands of the ship's senior enlisted leaders.
"I believe one of the best ways to honor the proud heritage of chiefs who have gone before us is by successfully accomplishing our RCOH (refueling complex overhaul) mission and properly training our relief," said Mallo. "We're striving to bring our mighty aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, back into the global war on terror[ism] and back to the 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.
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 prepare for another 25 years or more of service.
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