Abraham Lincoln Embodies Navy Ethos to Ensure Mission Readiness

Story Number: NNS090615-02Release Date: 6/15/2009 9:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Patrick Bonafede,

USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) have worked side-by-side since the ship began its planned incremental availability (PIA) April 16, to ensure that Lincoln is ready to accomplish its mission at sea.

To achieve this goal, shipyard workers and the ship's crew must coordinate in many areas.

The rehabilitation team works with PSNS contractors in a coordinated effort to completely strip crew berthing and refurbish them back to new.

"The PSNS shipyard workers give us direction on how to properly take apart and put back together everything inside the berthings," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Sean Moore, rehabilitation team member.

"The Sailors on the rehabilitation team are the ones who carry out the work and help carry up all the old racks and scrap."

PSNS contractors provide technical assistance. In the case of the rehabilitation process, contractors help with electrical issues.

"The leading electrician is a civilian contractor who has Sailors work with him and deal with all the electrical isolation issues," Moore said. "Before we can start cutting out anything with lighting, we need to wait for the electricians to make sure the space is good to go."

There is also a coordinated effort involved in the issuing and disposing of hazardous material.

"We take care of all of the hazardous waste on board," said Susan Vogelsang, a PSNS contractor working in Lincoln's hazardous waste disposal center, HAZ-world. "We also assist in helping out Sailors from supply department fill out any paperwork pertaining to hazardous material if they have any questions about it."

For Sailors and contractors working in HAZ-world, attitude goes a long way in accomplishing daily tasks and handling issues.

"We are one big team separating waste and getting it ready to ship" Vogelsang said. "They are not just Sailors, they are our team members working together closely."

Of course with all the coordination involved between Sailors and shipyard workers, safety remains the top priority.

"Being in constant contact with the ship's safety department, we are able to work together to contact the right person and figure out a solution to the many safety and health issues occurring on the ship," said Brooks Walpole, environmental safety and health manager.

Walpole is in charge of Code 106, which is the civilian equivalent of the ship's safety department. Code 106 and the safety department do a daily walk-through of the ship to ensure jobs are performed safely, in accordance with rules and regulations.

"If someone from Code 106 sees a Sailor doing something unsafe or not wearing the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), they will let us know about it," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Glenn Apacible, leading chief petty officer, Abraham Lincoln Safety Department.

"Sharing information, we are both able to know what is happening out there and if there are any lessons learned.

"We are out there to find and fix hazards," said Walpole. "If there is a question about a rule or regulation and we don't know it, we can always find the answer."

Every other week Lincoln recognizes both Sailors and shipyard workers for their day-to-day hard work in making the overall coordinated effort a success.

"The main goal is really to find the person or people who provide a continuous positive example because it is those people that will make Lincoln's '09 PIA a success," said Terry Brown, deputy project superintendent.

"We feel our employees, such as civil service and ship's force contingent, are the most vital asset we have, and we want them recognized for that."

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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