Carl Vinson Engineers Restoring Vital Services


Story Number: NNS080617-15Release Date: 6/17/2008 4:58:00 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 Engineering Department aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are working hard this June to restore critical heating equipment and services in preparation for the aircraft carrier's crew move aboard (CMA) evolution scheduled for later this summer.

A special task force of Sailors, known as the steam and heat team, are repairing and bringing back on line water heaters, pre-heaters, and convention heaters, which are critical to the operation of facilities such as the ship's galleys, ship's laundry, heads, and showers on board. This work will have a big impact on quality-of-life for Sailors moving on the ship during CMA.

"Our work on ship's service water heaters is essential for crew move aboard," said Machinist's Mate 1st Class Marc Landry, a member of Carl Vinson's Engineering Department. "By ensuring all of the systems are maintained and in prime working condition, we are also ensuring that Sailors will have the highest quality of life possible once they start living aboard this ship."

To ensure facilities are working properly, Carl Vinson's engineers inspect and repair shipboard equipment regularly. Sailors assigned to Carl Vinson's steam and heat team explained that preventive maintenance and procedural compliance are equally important in the effort to restore key services, and keep them up and running for the long-term.

"If it's broken, we can fix it, and if it isn't, we are maintaining it so that everything works properly," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Kimberly Glenn, a member of Carl Vinson's Engineering Department 'A' division. "We take on the tasks that most people don't even know exist, but are important for maintaining shipboard livability for the crew."

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

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