NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Combat Systems Department are working around-the-clock this June to ensure the aircraft carrier's "J-Dial" telephone system is back on line in time for the Crew Move Aboard (CMA) evolution scheduled for later this summer.
To successfully install all 452 CMA-essential telephones by the August deadline, Carl Vinson's Combat Systems team has introduced a night shift consisting of five Sailors who have installed nearly 100 telephones in the past month.
"To have the phones installed in every CMA workspace is a large task, and the final product will be a great accomplishment for our team," said Chief Electronics Technician (SW) Jason Fry, leading chief petty officer for CS-9 division. "We are already well on our way to meeting that goal."
The J-dial system, which provides interior communications throughout the ship, was removed when the ship entered Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. for its refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) in late 2005.
"All of us working the night shift are very motivated to complete the installation and testing phases on time," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Nathan Maney.
CS-9 night shift Sailors install an average of 25 telephones per night and test these new systems weekly to ensure all systems are functioning and installed properly. Critical CMA spaces such as galleys, offices, and berthings are the first to receive the new shipboard telephones. After those installations, the CS-9 crew plans to install phones on other less-critical spaces aboard the aircraft carrier.
Phone installation will be a key component to a fully operational shipboard interior communications system.
"These phones will be an important part of this ship for the next 25 years," said Maney.
"They will be on board long after we all transfer, and our work will benefit generations of crew members who serve on board Carl Vinson."
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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