Vinson Deck Department Executes Sea and Anchor

Story Number: NNS090501-06Release Date: 5/1/2009 5:59:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Exercises went full-bore on the forecastle of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) April 17 when sea and anchor detail was flawlessly executed through the teamwork and dedication of the petty officers and seaman of deck department.

During the aircraft carrier's most recent fast cruise, deck department was able to traverse all obstacles and complete sea and anchor without a hitch.

"When we turned ship, that was a perfect example of how my Sailors train like they fight," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kevin Diebold of 1st Division. "I'm proud of all their hard work."

With every detail meticulously planned and every person staged at their designated stations, boatswain's mates and seaman alike began working and moving together in synch like the gears of a well-oiled machine.

"The forecastle becomes a very hazardous environment when pulling in and out of port," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Tyler Person. "If we don't work together as a team and follow procedures to a T, it puts everyone at risk."

With all of the hazards involved with operations on the forecastle, the daily training and hands-on evolutions enable the Sailors of deck department to engage every major real-time operation with confidence.

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