USS Carl Vinson Project Team Holds Town Hall Meeting

Story Number: NNS080702-21Release Date: 7/2/2008 9:09:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Project team leaders from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, and the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) gathered for a town hall meeting, June 27, to discuss plans for completing the final phases of the aircraft carrier's refueling complex overhaul.

With the ship's crew move aboard and other key events rapidly approaching, Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter attributed American ingenuity as a key element in accomplishing Carl Vinson's overhaul period.

"With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I would like to appeal to your sense of patriotism," said Carter. "As Americans, we build aircraft carriers like no other country, and we should be proud of the work we're doing to restore Carl Vinson back to operational status."

As part of a team-building exercise, project leaders asked those in attendance to take a moment to recognize the people around them and emphasized that every person, military or civilian, are all part of one team with a common goal.

"We can do this," said Carter. "I would like to ask everyone here to think about what your individual role is in getting this project completed successfully."

At the conclusion of the event, team members put their commitment in writing and signed a specially prepared teamwork banner, which will be placed on the ship's quarterdeck for display.

"I am absolutely committed to Team Carl Vinson," said Chris Miner, the program director for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. "I will do everything I can to ensure the Carl Vinson project is a success."

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