BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- At Puget Sound Naval Shipyard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is taking another step toward operational readiness by giving a makeover to the ship's Hanger Bay Two, which is scheduled to be completed by March 26.
Hangar Bay Two is usually the first place people see when they come aboard the Lincoln. It is also where several special events have been staged on the ship. Everything from change-of-command ceremonies, distinguished visitor receptions, and ship talent shows have all taken place there.
Sailors in V-3, part of Air Department, worked in Hangar Bay Two around the clock - cleaning, repainting, and sanding both day and night.
"We worked on it from about 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Jim Woodard. "Then we work through happy hour. Then duty section picks it up from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then night shift comes in."
Cleaning dust and other debris off the deck would normally be done with an air hose, which takes about two days. However, because of Dry-dock Planned Incremental Availability restrictions, V-3 is limited to cleaning the hangar bay with foxtails and dustpans.
Rehabilitation is expected to be completed before a change-of-command ceremony for Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 on March 26.
Hangar Bay Two will be Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin's last glimpse inside the ship, and incoming Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk's first glimpse at the duties that lie ahead.
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