Carl Vinson Earns Navy League Leadership Award

Story Number: NNS081106-12Release Date: 11/6/2008 6:30:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NNS) -- The commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was awarded the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership Oct. 31 during the Navy League's Sea Services Awards conducted at the organization's 106th annual national convention held in Kansas City, Mo.

Capt. Ted Carter accepted the award during a special presentation ceremony. The award is given annually to a senior naval officer who makes "outstanding contributions to advancing the logistics, readiness, and competence" of the Navy and the sea services.

As Carter accepted the award, he noted that the aircraft carrier's successes have come only as a result of the positive teamwork of the entire "Gold Eagle" crew.

"This award is about much more than any single person," said Carter. "We have been successful as an organization because of the great Sailors and shipyard workers who make up Team Carl Vinson. The relationships we have made enable us to do the difficult jobs we've been asked to accomplish."

Navy League officials said the crew of USS Carl Vinson distinguished itself by setting the 'gold standard' for aircraft carriers undergoing their mid-life overhaul.

"Captain Carter and his crew seamlessly integrated 2,800 Sailors with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding to create a very successful and effective project team," said Navy League Executive Director Stephen Pietropaoli. "He and his team of professionals set a new benchmark for aircraft carriers undergoing refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) and substantially improved the carrier readiness team metrics that are driving improvements in operational mission availability."

Pietropaoli added that Carl Vinson's accomplishments have contributed to the long-term health of the aircraft carrier fleet and have saved the Navy millions of dollars by performing shipyard tasks efficiently.

"Under Captain Carter's superb leadership, Team Carl Vinson is meeting all industrial milestones and is quickly helping to bring an important national asset back to life, all while saving millions in taxpayer dollars," Pietropaoli said.

The non-profit Navy League organization, created primarily to inform the general public about the importance of American sea power to national security, presents leadership awards annually at events around the country. The Navy League also serves as a major support structure for the people of the sea services and their families.

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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Capt. Walter E. Carter Jr. makes his opening remarks as commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the ship's change of command ceremony held at Fort Monroe.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
October 6, 2006
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