'Gold Eagle' Deck Department Saves Big in Waterline Project

Story Number: NNS090528-16Release Date: 5/28/2009 6:18:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Rafael Martie, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Deck Department saved the aircraft carrier approximately $110,000 May 20 when Sailors painted the ship's waterline instead of outsourcing the job to contractors.

The task of painting the ship's waterline is important for operations since it marks the level at which the ship floats in the water, but it can also be a long and expensive project given the size of the aircraft carrier.

"It's good to save the carrier money because we can use those funds for Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and other command functions," said Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Michael Sternberg.

The process of painting the waterline is a difficult task during which a crew of three Sailors transits the water around the ship in order to prepare for painting. A site supervisor ensures all proper personnel equipment is used since safety is paramount due to all the hazards involved.

With crew certification, current projects and other shipboard tasks, deck department took this project on a moment's notice.

"I know taking the project head on is better than to outsource it because it brings a sense of pride to the department, and it brings us one step closer to going out to sea." said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Anna L. Brooks.

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 prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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

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