ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) attended the Navy Surface Association's 21st National Symposium Jan. 14 in Arlington to learn more about future warfare technologies and interact with Navy leadership.
The "Gold Eagle" crew took time to visit various exhibits during the event, which provided Sailors with some new insight into the latest sea power and weapons system technologies. For many Sailors, the symposium was also an opportunity to listen to Navy leadership talk about emerging Navy policies and initiatives.
"It has been quite an experience to see new technologies that will be available to the Navy in the foreseeable future," said Yeoman 3rd Class (SW) Teddie Urey. "It was also nice to be able to represent Carl Vinson professionally and in a unique setting like this."
During a keynote speech on Navy policies, shipbuilding, world trade, and terrorism, Carl Vinson Sailors listened as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead also addressed budget issues and the welfare of America's Sailors.
"I cannot begin to tell you how much our Sailors have done for our Navy, and how proud I am of them," said Roughead.
According to Legalman 1st Class (AW/SW) Erica Johnson, the CNO's willingness to answer questions from individual Sailors about topics they don't necessarily encounter on a day-to-day basis demonstrated to her that Roughead deeply cares about feedback from Sailors serving in the fleet.
"Listening to the CNO talk to us all about budget issues and other 'big Navy' topics really let us know that he's in touch with us," said Johnson. "He really seemed to care about how things affect individual Sailors."
The event marked the second consecutive symposium in which Carl Vinson Sailors of all ranks and rates were able to attend.
"I really appreciate that a junior Sailor like me was granted the opportunity to participate in an event of this magnitude," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Apprentice Carl Vizzi. "I learned a lot more about seeing the 'big picture' for the future of our Navy."
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.
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