USS Carl Vinson Receives New Computer Network

Story Number: NNS080731-18Release Date: 7/31/2008 4:29:00 PM
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By Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Brandon Monette, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the combat systems department aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) will accomplish a significant shipyard milestone this August with the installation of more than 400 unclassified computers throughout the ship.

The installation of new computer systems aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier coincides with the ship's crew move aboard (CMA) evolution, scheduled to begin Aug. 18.

"The installation of these new computers is what's making crew move aboard possible," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Tyler Breidenbach. "Every process on board the ship requires the use of computers. Technology is the driving force for bringing our ship back to operational status."

For the past three years, during the ship's overhaul period, Carl Vinson Sailors have utilized a temporary local area network (LAN). With the installation of new server technology aboard, the ship will bring back on-line a new computer network with enhanced capabilities.

"This is a major improvement for the ship's technology," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Rashad McFarland. "Servers will be brought back on board and they will be more reliable than the temporary LAN we are currently using."

The effort to install a new network aboard the aircraft carrier has not come without careful planning and execution from members of the Carl Vinson project team. A task force consisting of Vinson Sailors, alongside shipyard technicians, has worked together over the last three years to ensure the evolution could be accomplished on schedule.

"There have been many challenges as we approach crew move aboard," said Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) James Shupe. "This has been a technically intense evolution. This is what we have been working for from the beginning and we are all very excited about the development of this new milestone."

Carl Vinson is undergoing her 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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