NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The long-awaited Crew Move Aboard (CMA) began for hundreds of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Sailors July 12, marking the beginning of a new era in Ike's history.
Ike is in the final stages of its three-year Refueling Complex Overhaul period in Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard and is scheduled to rejoin the fleet later this year.
Ike Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Ronnie Moore said the process of moving the crew back aboard the ship was carefully planned.
"We're coming back aboard the ship into the sections that are ready for people to live in, meaning that it is a clean, safe, healthy and quiet environment in which to live," said Moore. "We made sure that no work is going to be going on in or around the berthings where people are going to sleep."
Moore said that Ike's chain of command wasn't going to move people aboard until the living conditions permitted it.
"We weren't going to move people on board until there was a suitable environment, and we now have that," he said. "We had this scheduled for much sooner than this, but didn't do it simply because we weren't ready. But now that we're living on board, we have to be considerate of our shipmates. We won't have as much room to ourselves, so we have to respect each other and each other's property more than ever," said Moore.
Many Ike Sailors find themselves encouraged by their new surroundings.
"I've lived on a ship before, so it's something that I'm used to," said Personnelman Seaman Elizabeth Russ of the administration department's personnel division. "But I think living on board will make me and the other Sailors a little more motivated to be here, because this is a sign that Ike is ready to go to sea."
Moore also thinks CMA will have a positive impact on crew morale.
"Everybody is ready to take this ship back, and moving aboard is one of the biggest statements we can make. People will now be able to see the fruits of their labor after all the hard work of getting to this point. This is a step in the right direction as far as becoming a combat ready ship," Moore said.
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