HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran and enlisted advisor Fleet Master Chief April Beldo held an all-hands call for Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Pre-Commissioning Unit USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, November 5.
Moran and Beldo spoke to the almost 2,400 Sailors about their responsibilities while in the shipyard and provided additional information about uniform changes, pay and benefits, manning and the direction of the future Navy. Moran also took questions from Ford and Lincoln Sailors in a town-hall format.
A growing concern of long deployments and the impact on families was a common topic.
"I know that long deployments are a concern for many of you," said Moran. "As long as we have commitments in the Middle East and around the world, coupled with a backlog of ship maintenance, we will have eight or nine month deployments, but we're making real progress on shortening them. As we catch up on the maintenance we should see most ships return to traditional deployment lengths in the next year or so."
Moran also discussed a little known option for Sailors who need career flexibility or time off work varying reasons, a sabbatical for Sailors.
"There's a program called the Career Intermission Program (CIP)," said Moran. "This program is for Sailors who need to handle personal business. You can take up to a three-year break in service, but for every year you take, you give us two years back. We want to grow the program, allow Sailors across the fleet to use CIP for needed career flexibility--to start a family, go to school, take care of elderly parents or whatever they deem necessary."
Moran closed out the all-hands call with a discussion about trust. Encouraging leaders at all levels to create an environment where trust runs up and down the chain of command.
Lincoln is currently undergoing Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class carriers.
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