USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) received a clean bill of health from inspectors after the ship met and exceeded international sanitation standards, Feb. 1.
Fifth Fleet Force Preventative Medicine inspectors reviewed how the ship handles health issues such as food safety, habitability, drinking water, waste disposal and pest control. They also looked closely at how the Medical department handles the prevention and assessment of disease and non-battle injuries.
Lead Inspector Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanket Sadalge characterized the inspection as a snapshot of the ship's ability to establish and maintain sanitation standards.
"This is probably one of the best carriers I have inspected," said Sadalge. "It shows that Lincoln's crew is proactive, educated and that they care about cleanliness."
According to international health regulations, vessels transiting international waters are required to obtain either a Ship's Sanitation Control Certificate or an exemption, every six months. A vessel cannot pull into international or domestic ports without the certificate.
"The inspection not only looks at the current status of the ship, but it gives me an idea of what measures are in place to prevent any future sanitation problems," Sadalge said.
Sadalge said illnesses such as the common cold, stomach viruses and many other ailments can spread quickly on a ship the size of an aircraft carrier. The mismanagement of shipboard sanitation can potentially lead to serious problems.
"Mission accomplishment and individual readiness can be hugely impacted by the spread of any illness," said Cmdr. Michael Jacobs, USS Abraham Lincoln senior medical officer. "When you put nearly 5,000 people in a confined space like this, without measures to control the spread of disease, unsanitary conditions can prove devastating."
Lincoln's crew cleans and sanitizes the ship on a daily basis to maintain good health and a clean working environment.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. For more information about USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, visit the ship's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usslincoln.
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