DC Olympics, Good Fun and Training for Sailors

Story Number: NNS080921-05Release Date: 9/21/2008 4:20:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from several departments aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) participated in the Damage Control (DC) Olympics Sept. 12.

The event, held on the flight deck, kicked off with eight duty sections rotating through the six different events, including pipe-patching repair; P-100 pump operation; de-watering; chemical, biological radiological (CBR) dress-out; phone talker relay and firefighting ensemble (FFE) races.

"The whole idea is to provide hands-on training and boost morale by having good fun," said Chief Warrant Officer Frank Harris, the ship's fire marshal. "It's really a good opportunity to keep Sailors sharp on the damage control procedures because they don't get to actually practice it very often."

In addition to bragging rights, the first place winner, Hull Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Angela Smith and section 7, received one day of special liberty. Second place went to Hull Technician 1st Class (SW) Stephen Crook and section 8, earning one-week parking passes. Third place finishers Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Ezekiel Pasha and section 2 gained "head of line" privileges for breakfast, lunch and dinner mess lines on the ship.

Section 7 dominated by taking best overall in the FFE and P-100 events. Section 8 finished best overall in pipe patching, section 2 in de-watering, section 4 in CBR dress-out and section 1 in the phone talker relay.

Aboard, it is the responsibility of every Sailor to know proper damage control in order to minimize and stop a casualty to ensure the safety of the crew and the mission of the ship are not compromised. At the DC Olympics, Sailors were able to apply their knowledge in a fun and competitive atmosphere and pull off yet another successful event aboard Carl Vinson.

"The whole event was really successful," said Damage Controlman Fireman Andrew Smetana. "We found out what our strengths and weaknesses were in a fun setting, and now we're working hard to prepare to get back out to sea."

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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