Carl Vinson Prepares for Final Crew Certifications

Story Number: NNS091106-13Release Date: 11/6/2009 4:03:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shentel Yarnell, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are preparing for the third and final phase of crew certifications to become deployable.

Crew certifications are a series of inspections that ensure Sailors across the fleet are qualified to safely take their ships to sea. These certifications also critique a ship's Maintenance and Material Management and zone inspection programs, and ensures all Sailors have received self-contained breathing apparatus and firefighting training.

The most critiqued inspections during crew certification are the damage control drills during general quarters, in which Sailors combat casualties or prepare for battle stations.

"It's important for Carl Vinson Sailors to be qualified so everybody knows that our level of damage control training is where it needs to be. [It shows] we can handle an actual casualty with grace, no matter how great or small," said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Gerald Harris.

"Damage Control isn't the only inspection that makes up crew certification," said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan King, USS Carl Vinson's training officer.

It is the job of the Training department to ensure all Sailors have their personal qualification standards books in order, have taken all the classes and earned all the Navy enlisted classifications they need to be sufficiently qualified for crew certification. Training also ensures that all the departments on the ship are following the training instruction.

This certification will be the third Carl Vinson has undergone, and it must pass these certifications to go to sea.

Carl Vinson recently completed an administrative inspection, which is the second of three phases the ship has to complete. Phase three, which includes the general quarters drill inspection, is scheduled for Nov. 23-24.

"We're on track to do well, we just need to get the crew to the point where we can safely fight the ship," said King.

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