Ike’s Repair 5 Ready to Answer Call

Story Number: NNS040217-07Release Date: 2/17/2004 10:38:00 AM
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By Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Melissa Feagin, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Redesigned Repair Locker 5 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) was completed in November. The locker, outfitted with all new gear, will speed the process of both responding to an emergency and ordering inventory for new locker supplies.

Repair Lockers and the personnel manning them are a ship's first line of defense when a fire breaks out in the bowels of a ship or any devastating emergency arises. The updating of Ike's lockers will assure that fewer personnel and less equipment is put into harm's way.

Repair Locker 5 is the third to be repaired. Lockers 2 and 7-F were first. Every repair locker aboard will be complete before the ship gets underway.

"It's going to be useful, in that [fewer] man hours will be used," said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Brian McGowan of the repair locker shop.

"This is really going to speed up our drills and actual emergency response time," commented Chief Damage Controlman Daniel McGuire.

Within the lockers are fire-fighting helmets, axes and other emergency equipment. Everything necessary to complete a drill or respond to an actual emergency is at the Sailor's fingertips.

"It's quicker inventory because everything's labeled. Quicker inventory, quicker response time...everything goes very smoothly now," explained McGowan.

"We are very proud of the completion of these lockers. We have worked hard to ensure that the new lockers are completed on time, and we're really excited about the new way of running things here--it's much easier," said McGowan.

For related news, visit the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn69.

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