Carl Vinson Team Saves Navy $3.5 Million

Story Number: NNS081024-09Release Date: 10/24/2008 6:29:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- In its effort to get USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) out of the shipyards on time and under budget, the level of effort (LOE) team aboard has saved the Navy about $3.5 million.

The deck department LOE team, created to utilize ship's force for various shipboard jobs in place of civilian contractors, spent about 6,500 man-hours to help successfully complete more than 500 production jobs on board throughout the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).

"We used to finish all of the spaces on our own, but now we oversee touch-up work like welding, wiring stud grinding and sanding jobs -- things like that," said Seaman (SW) Chris Payton. "Basically our goal is to make sure the work in the ship's spaces is done properly and safely and that the level of quality stays high."

Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/AW) Edward Marrero said the department, as a whole, is motivated and set to meet or exceed any goals that the chain of command has laid out for the crew.

The two-man LOE team is one of five teams in deck department, all working feverishly to get the aircraft carrier back to pristine operational condition before the crew gets the vessel underway for sea trials in March.

"We are using our own Sailors to get as much done as possible," said Payton. "We can do the work. This is our ship, and we're the ones that are going to be taking it back out to sea."

USS Carl Vinson is currently 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.

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