'Gold Eagle' Prepares Galleys for Ship's First Meal Back

Story Number: NNS080813-17Release Date: 8/13/2008 4:46:00 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 preventive medicine team aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are inspecting the newly renovated galleys in preparation for the ship's first meal, scheduled to be served aboard Aug. 18.

A team of hospital corpsmen has been working closely with the ship's culinary specialists during the last month, ensuring galley spaces are clean, equipment is running properly, and personnel are trained in proper food-handling procedures.

"All shipboard galleys have to be completely sanitized in time for [the] Crew Move Aboard," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Jose Belen, leading petty officer of the preventive medicine team. "It is imperative that we make sure the dining spaces on the ship are up to specs and healthy for personnel to use."

For galley personnel and members of the preventive medicine team, teamwork is paramount in maintaining good sanitary standards. Sailors on both teams said a proactive approach will pay big dividends in ensuring the ship's galleys continue to serve safe, nutritious, and enjoyable meals aboard.

"Our key objective is to work together to maintain high standards for our galley spaces," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Jeffery Morrison. "Preventive medicine is extremely important when it comes to this process, and we want the crew to know their messes are safe and ready to serve great meals."

Carl Vinson is 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-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/.

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