Carl Vinson Gathers All Hands on Flight Deck for CO's Call

Story Number: NNS081005-08Release Date: 10/5/2008 4:48:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ashley Van Dien, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors attended an all-hands captain's call Sept. 19, and they received details on the aircraft carrier's progress as it approaches its upcoming operational status.

All hands stood in ranks atop the flight deck as Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter informed them of the ship's current status, as well as recognized outstanding Sailors with awards and re-enlisted two service members.

Matters, such as the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH), complete crew move aboard (CCMA), sea trials and safety techniques, were all addressed. Carter also presented leadership awards to three Sailors for outstanding work and contributions to the carrier's mission. The awardees were chosen as outstanding leaders by their peers through an open-voting call.

Cmdr. Al Almeida, Lt. Onofrio Margioni, and Senior Chief Ship's Serviceman Jeffrey Davidson won the Leadership Award, an award given by the Navy and Marine Corps Association.

Since the beginning of the "Gold Eagle's" RCOH period in November 2005, Sailors from every department have been working arduously to get the ship operational. The captain's coin was awarded to 50 of Vinson's junior Sailors from different departments for their hard work and dedication.

The re-enlistees were Electronics Technician 1st Class Benjamin Salamanca and Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Ryan Snay who chose to have Carter re-enlist them on the flight deck with the entire crew as their witnesses.

Carter discussed the "big push" between current times and sea trials in an effort to get the ship back to sea on time and the importance of crew certifications.

"The captain's call was definitely a morale booster," said the Ship's Secretary Ensign Duane Motley. "The captain was energized and happy, and he spread that enthusiasm throughout the troops."

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