CNAF Visits USS Carl Vinson Crew

Story Number: NNS080421-11Release Date: 4/21/2008 4:16:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, Jr. visited the crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), "The Gold Eagle," and toured the aircraft carrier April 17, at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News.

Led by the commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief, Kilcline toured several integral ship spaces, learned about the crew's efforts throughout the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH), and took time out to speak with Sailors on board about their experiences during the RCOH evolution.

"We've been working very hard to get our spaces ready throughout RCOH," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Porschia Lockley of Supply Department's S-2 division. "It's great to be able to show others the amount of progress we're making, especially on the aft galley mess decks, where we'll all be eating again when crew move aboard begins in August."

Along with the mess decks, Kilcline toured the hangar bays, reactor room and flight deck, where he spoke with Air department Sailors about the progression of the ship's catapult systems.

Kilcline presented some Sailors with a personalized challenge coin and thanked them for their efforts in helping to bring the aircraft carrier back to life.

"This ship is looking great," said Kilcline. "I'm very impressed with all the work and effort the crew is putting forth."

As part of tradition, Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter gave Kilcline a personalized Carl Vinson command ball cap at the conclusion of his visit.

"What I see here are a lot of Sailors doing a great job to get everything done right," said Kilcline. "That is absolutely crucial to our Navy."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (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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