NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Crew members aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are making significant progress in the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) process as the Shipboard Coordinated On-load and Outfitting Plan (SCOOP) reached its half-way milestone on board April 28.
The SCOOP process, which began in February, involves the reloading of all shipboard equipment that was removed when the aircraft carrier began her scheduled 40-month RCOH in 2005. It is one of the principal milestones the crew is performing before Carl Vinson Sailors begin to move back on board this August.
"SCOOP is about 50 percent complete now, and the final completion of SCOOP will occur before we go on sea trials early next year," said Senior Chief Ship's Serviceman (SW/AW) Jeffrey Davidson, the ship's SCOOP coordinator. "By that time, 1,715 pallets will have been brought back on board."
Representatives from each department are actively involved in the on-loading evolution. By August 18, the target date for the execution of the ship's crew move aboard, 486 ship spaces must be complete. The remainder of the spaces will be completed by January, 2009.
"So far, SCOOP has been a smooth process for us," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Clinton Akins. "In the last couple weeks, Air, Deck, and Supply departments have brought an increasing amount of pallets on board. The key to our success is teamwork and communication."
In order for SCOOP to be performed in a given shipboard work center, the space must be properly painted, have a lockable door, and the shipyard production and refurbishment must be completed.
Identifying the right spaces for equipment on-load at the right time requires robust communication across organizational lines throughout the ship. But Davidson explained Carl Vinson is actually ahead of schedule in the evolution.
"SCOOP is an incremental lift system," said Davidson. "When the opportunity presents itself, we go for it. To complete this major shipboard on-load successfully, it will require continued departmental support and communication across the board. We have that going on, and that's why we've been successful with the SCOOP process thus far."
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing her 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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