"Carl Vinson Calibration Lab Sets the Standard"


Story Number: NNS090416-33Release Date: 4/16/2009 8:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2rd Class Mark Erks, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Division (AIMD) began calibrating and maintaining equipment in the new calibration lab (Cal Lab) which began operation in early March.

IM-3 division of AIMD plays a critical role by calibrating new or used equipment and instruments such as pressure switches, vacuum switches, torque wrenches and pressure valves for every department aboard.
"We calibrate equipment and triple check our work to put out the best quality for the ship," said Machinist Mate Fireman Raeven Gold.

Calibration is an important aspect of the aircraft carrier's mission readiness, ensuring all components of equipment work properly.

"Almost everything on the ship is calibrated to work safely and accurately," said Aviation Technician 2nd Class Kimberly Kautz.

When the Carl Vinson came into the yards for a Refueling Complex Overhaul almost 4 years ago, the calibration lab had to be moved from the ship to the Light Industrial Facility in Newport News, Va. Now that the aircraft carrier is looking ship-shape again, the Cal Lab is back in business.
Currently the calibration lab is working on calibrating equipment on the ship.

Right now, a total of 6,574 items have been completed. It is estimated that by the time Carl Vinson goes out for sea trials, there should be about 10,000 items completed and nearly 30,000 by the first deployment.

"The calibration lab is all about helping the ship meet the goals needed to help get her underway," said Aircraft Technician 1st Class Timothy Woodson.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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