Satellite Bars Offer Carl Vinson Sailors Faster, Healthier Meal Options


Story Number: NNS101204-05Release Date: 12/4/2010 8:52:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lori Bent, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's Supply Department announced Dec. 3 the implemention of a speedier, and healthier, meal plan for Sailors with tight underway schedules.

The Nimitz-class carrier's forward mess deck offers Sailors satellite-bar service, consisting of a variety of deli-style self-service meals. The service accommodates Sailors who want quick, healthy meals by offering deli, pasta, chicken, potato and fajita bars.

"The concept of the satellite bar is to minimize the wait time for the aft galley by providing Sailors healthy choices of food on the go," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Omar Sagrero, forward galley watch captain.

The quick and easy service allows Sailors to get a meal, eat and head back to work in a timely manner and could possibly save up to an hour of wait time.

According to Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Latara Leblanc, forward mess deck assistant watch captain, grab-and-go meals are nothing new to Vinson's galley crew.

"We understand the need to eat and go back to work", said Leblanc. "That's how the galley operates. We understand that Sailors have to get back to work"

Not only do the satellite bars save Sailors time, they also offer healthier food options.

"Everything is cooked using ovens," said Leblanc. "Even though we serve breaded chicken patties or chicken wings, they are never deep fried."

With a variety of choices including chicken and beef fajitas, chicken wings and breaded chicken patties, a variety of cold-cut meats for sandwiches, a selection of toppings for potatoes and different sauces for pasta, the healthy and quick option has something for everyone.

The satellite bars are open for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are currently on a three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) followed by a Western Pacific deployment.

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

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