BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)'s Deck Department successfully refurbished 720 feet of its anchor chain in June, finishing three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule.
For three weeks, eight Sailors from the ship's deck department's 1st division, sanded, painted and greased each individual link of the 60-fathom anchor chain, working diligently to beat their goal dates.
The accomplishment caught the attention of Capt. Patrick Hall, Lincoln's commanding officer, who visited their job site July 6 to congratulate them on a job well done and hand out coins.
"I believe the commanding officer was impressed with the overall job," said Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) Antonio Young, who escorted Hall. "He, as with most people, was surprised that so much was accomplished in such a short amount of time."
To Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Nathaniel Kramer of Sperry, Iowa, conducting the 36-month maintenance on the anchor chain was an opportunity for him and his shipmates to get in touch with their inner boatswain's mate.
"Being part of deck department, doing something like working on the ship's anchor is really enjoyable for us," Kramer said.
The crew used a portable 5x5 foot tent to avoid spreading sanding dust from getting into the air or nearby water. They also ensured hazardous materials were properly handled and disposed of.
"The anchor must be ready to go when and where we need it to," Young said. "This maintenance ensures that the anchor is ready the first time, all the time."
With their long and tedious maintenance out of the way, 1st division Sailors are able to move on to preservation of other areas of the ship.
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