EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy contracted ferries started transporting USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailors between Naval Station Bremerton and Naval Station Everett, Aug. 29, and will continue to provide transportation while the ship is in Bremerton's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS).
Lincoln is expected to spend four to six months at PSNS undergoing maintenance and systems upgrades.
"Using ferries is just what's traditionally done in the Navy," said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Heiss, Lincoln's assistant transportation coordinator. "I think the reason we are using ferries is because traffic [on the highway] is unpredictable and ferries provide a more consistent schedule."
The Navy is using three ferries to transport approximately 1,100 petty officers 2nd class and above Sailors, one-third of the crew, to work. Each trip takes about two hours.
Petty officers 3rd class and below Sailors, who are not staying in Naval Station Bremerton barracks, are bussed between the two cities.
Naval Station Everett is accommodating the Lincoln Sailors by designating parking areas, serving breakfast earlier, and keeping Child Development Center (CDC) hours flexible.
The All American galley is opening two hours early for breakfast so that Lincoln Sailors have the opportunity to eat before heading to work. The new galley hours are from 4:30 to 9:30 a.m.
"We [the All American] do, and will continue to, support the base's mission in supporting the fleet and in turn supporting the Navy," said Chief Culinary Specialist Robert Bice, All American leading chief petty officer. "We are ensuring that our Sailors maintain a happy, healthy diet not just in food, but in morale."
Lincoln Sailors who have children at the NAVSTA Everett CDC should call (425) 304-3778 about extended hours to accommodate ferry and bus schedules.
"We stay open later for the foot ferry," said Judith Mcdonald, NAVSTA Everett CDC director. "We've done this before and it worked really well. It gives the parents an opportunity to pick up their own children and not have to worry about late fees. We are happy to do our part to support those Sailors."
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