Carl Vinson Sailors Make Motorcycle Safety a Priority

Story Number: NNS080527-41Release Date: 5/27/2008 4:58:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- More than 30 "Gold Eagle" Sailors gathered May 22, at Bayside Harley Davidson in Portsmouth, to discuss the importance of motorcycle safety and brush up on basic motorcycling skills and proper protocol for riders.

The event was facilitated by Carl Vinson's Safety Department to bring greater awareness to motorcycle safety and encourage crew members who own bikes to ride safely.

Before partaking in a 120-mile ride through the Hampton Roads area, Sailors listened to safety briefs by officers from the Portsmouth Police Department. Proper protective equipment (PPE) and accident prevention were also topics covered during the event.

"Everything the police officers shared was very informative and instructional," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel)(AW) Richard Hood, assigned to the ship's Air Department. "I feel like I have a better understanding of motorcycle safety as a result."

Motorcyclists, led by Lt. Cmdr. Edwin Santana, made their way through the winding roads of Virginia's countryside.

"There was a lot of important information specifically for motorcyclists, and the ride itself was amazing," said Hood. "Everybody had a productive and safe time on the road."

While motorcycle safety was the primary emphasis during the event, Sailors in attendance also had the opportunity to enjoy not only one of their hobbies, but also the company of their shipmates and friends.

"So many positive things came out of this evolution," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Craig Bokop, of Vinson's Safety Department. "It was great to see so many people participate and benefit from the instruction, all while having a good time and becoming more educated about the importance of motorcycle safety."

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Sailors from Naval Base Kitsap practice turning and maneuvering in an empty parking lot at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport as part of a two-day basic rider course.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
February 4, 2008
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