"Gold Eagle" CO Issues Guidance for Upcoming Crew Move Aboard

Story Number: NNS080710-25Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:37:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) commanding officer issued a ship-wide memorandum June 25, outlining the quality of life Sailors can expect when they aboard the aircraft carrier during the ship's upcoming crew move aboard (CMA) evolution.

Capt. Ted Carter issued the memorandum.

The CMA is the second of three major command-wide events throughout the "Gold Eagle's" 40-month refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). The movement of Sailors from barracks facilities back to living spaces aboard ship will occur in phases over the next six months and will be complete when the ship executes its last major event -- sea-trials -- early next year.

For many crew members, a published plan for crew move aboard sets expectations in place for Carl Vinson Sailors from their first day living aboard ship.

"The contract answered a lot of questions for everyone moving on board," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Steve Pike. "Before, we weren't sure what life on board would be like, but it has given us a better idea of how things will be and what we can expect."

To meet those expectations, Carter stressed the need for a total team effort, from the senior leadership to the deckplates.

"Together and as a team we will establish the personality of Carl Vinson, which starts the very first day of CMA," said Carter. "It is incumbent upon everybody to assist in providing and maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all of us to work and live in."

Quality-of-life measures to make the crew feel "at home" include cleanliness, health and habitability items such as hot water, showers and heads within 15 frames of berthing spaces, air conditioning, phones, cable television, laundry, religious services, Internet access and security.

For other crew members, the CMA plan helped dispel some myths about what life would be like aboard ship.

"Coming from barracks and moving onto an aircraft carrier, I didn't think we were going to have some of the amenities that we will actually have available by the time we move on board," said Seaman Sandra Hosier.

Carter emphasized the importance of providing crew members a positive experience.

"We want our Sailors to have a good first experience when they move aboard Carl Vinson," said Carter. "The entire team is committed to doing every thing we can to achieve this for our crew."

Carl Vinson is undergoing its scheduled 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.

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

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the James River en route to a pier-side dock after completing an 18-month dry dock period.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
May 14, 2007
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