Carl Vinson Repair Division Helps Set Zebra

Story Number: NNS090508-21Release Date: 5/8/2009 3:01:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Engineering department, Repair division has taken on the responsibility of machining over 25 sets of studs and hold-downs so that "Gold Eagle" can properly secure for sea.

Along with properly securing for sea, this tasking is essential to properly set zebra, the condition set on doors and hatches that provides the maximum protection throughout the ship for watertight integrity.

"It feels good knowing that what we do will help get the ship underway," said Machinery Repairman 2nd Class (SW) Justin Vore of Repair division. "This is a big job, but we can get it done."

According to Engineering, along with being able to secure for sea and setting zebra, these machined parts are essential for crew certification.

"Without a doubt, the collective experience of my guys in the shop is paying off at a time like this," said Chief Machinery Repairman Darrell Monroe, leading chief petty officer of Repair division. "We have to focus our efforts and get this done for our shipmates."

The machine shop, which went fully operational only a month ago, is now taking in over 20 jobs per week to various departments to keep up with the ever-changing tempo of the aircraft carrier in the shipyard.

Carl Vinson is completing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. 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 has been replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and ready for another 25 years or more of service.

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