Truman Sailors, NNSY Workers Team Up for National Plane Pull Contest

Story Number: NNS111003-01Release Date: 10/3/2011 8:13:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leona Mynes, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A team of Sailors assigned to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and civilians of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) placed third in the Annual Dulles Day Plane Pull Contest at Dulles Airport in Washington, Sept. 24.

Three Truman Sailors and 22 shipyard workers tested their mettle against 59 other teams by pulling a Boeing 727 jet, weighing more than 200,000 pounds, 12 feet in 9.049 seconds.

"All the proceeds from this event benefit the Special Olympics," said Tom Strickland, a shipyard worker who coordinated between Truman and NNSY workers. "I have a son who participates in the Special Olympics, so it has a personal touch for me."

Strickland invited Truman Sailors in an effort to include them in local events during Truman's docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at NNSY.

"This event was a lot like what we do on a daily basis at the shipyard. We were able to cooperate as two teams working toward one common goal, and that's what we did here today," said Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Mark Rayner, part of Truman's damage control team. Rayner said he was proud to work with NNSY workers to benefit the Special Olympics on behalf of Truman.

"I've had a lot of success working with shipyard workers on a professional level and, now, on a personal level too," said Rayner.

Truman is undergoing DPIA to conduct maintenance on and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is scheduled to return to the fleet in summer of 2012.

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