PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Midshipmen assigned to the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) received training in fuel operations during their summer cruise, July 6.
"We were provided a first-hand look at what Fuel [Department] does aboard George Washington," said Midshipman 2nd Class Stephan Keehan. "We witnessed the entire process from the pump room to filtration to the aircraft on the flight deck."
On their tour, Midshipmen observed and performed quality assurance checks.
"The purpose of today's tour was to give [midshipmen] an orientation on the fuel process from refinement, to processing and to inspection," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Nelson Lubin. "Most of the midshipmen want to become pilots, so they need to understand what the fuel process is to get them in the air."
Midshipmen were also exposed to the people, nicknamed "Grapes" for the purple jerseys they wear. Grapes work every day to assure quality fuel flows to the ship's embarked aircraft.
"This experience showed me that the fuels job isn't easy, and it takes the collective hard work of many people to get the job done," said Keehan. "This opportunity gave me a different perspective than what I expected for my summer cruise."
The tour was also an opportunity for Fuel Department to pass on their values and to enhance the development of future officers.
"It makes me feel good to have the opportunity to train and demonstrate to someone what we actually do," said Lubin. "They saw our hard work and how there is a tremendous amount of teamwork, dedication, responsibility and leadership to get quality fuel to the aircraft."
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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