Carl Vinson Prepares Key Communications for Crew Move Aboard


Story Number: NNS080617-11Release Date: 6/17/2008 4:09:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Combat Systems Department (CSD) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began the implementation of the "Hydra" radio system this June as part of preparations for the ship's upcoming crew move aboard evolution.

The Hydra radio network provides a medium for Sailors to communicate quickly and efficiently in a shipboard environment, enabling leaders to deliver timely messages and information while operating in fast-paced operational tempo.

With the ship's crew move aboard quickly approaching and the crew adjusting their mindset to an operational environment, the implementation of these interactive communication devices couldn't have come at a better time.

"This is a huge undertaking for the Combat Systems team," said Chief Electronics Technician (AW/SW) Ray Hamburg, of Combat Systems, CS-9 division.

"We're hoping to have the radios up-and-running by our crew move aboard."

When fully outfitted, key leadership from every department aboard will have their own complement of Hydra radios, which will allow decision makers to remain in constant touch and keep communication lines open, regardless of a person's location on the ship.

For members of Carl Vinson's Combat Systems team, the implementation of the Hydra system is a major milestone in returning the shipboard communications posture to that of an operational warship. This translates to crew members working and living aboard the aircraft carrier in a cohesive and productive environment and paving the way for the ship's return to sea.

"We have a lot of great people dedicated toward achieving a common goal with this effort," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Johnny Moore.

"Once we get all these radios programmed, we can focus on other tasks to get the ship underway."

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- art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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