NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began making preparations this April in Newport News, to lay a fresh coat of non-skid material onto its newly-refurbished flight deck; an evolution that will signal the aircraft carrier's rapidly-approaching return to operational duty.
The non-skid, which is slated to be put into place in early June, will play a pivotal role in air operations when the ship gets underway after its refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) is complete.
"The first order of business is getting everything off of the flight deck and out of the hangar bays, as we're doing now," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW) Shaven Savoy of Air department, V-1 division. "When that is complete, the deck will be stripped and primed before we lay the non-skid down and get to the finishing touches."
After everything has been removed from the flight deck and priming is complete, the non-skid will be laid and inspected for quality assurance. Soon after, visual landing aids will be painted onto the deck, ensuring that pilots conducting air operations in the near future have the visual markings they need to perform mission-essential flight evolutions at sea.
Additional flight deck training and certification processes for crew members will follow after the evolution is complete.
"It is going to be a challenging experience for us, but by working as a team it will be easier as a department and as a crew to get the job done," said Savoy.
Sailors assigned to the non-skid team are preparing themselves for hard work and long hours, all in an effort to get the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier back out to sea.
"We can't wait for this evolution to be completed," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW) David King. "The non-skid will make the ship look that much closer to completion, and it will provide an enormous morale boost for everybody in each department on board."
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.
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