Story Number: NNS140214-26Release Date: 2/14/2014 3:36:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Mills, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is working toward accomplishing the crew move aboard (CMA) process as Sailors from the berthing team install berthing racks to eventually move Sailors back onto the ship.
In just a few months, 36 Sailors on the team have installed 450 berthing racks in 39 spaces, according to the Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Terrence Parks, berthing habilitation team leader.
"We try to instill a sense of pride in our work and ownership of our spaces into our Sailors and incorporate that into our work ethic as well," said Parks. "It's remarkable to see Sailors from different departments work so cohesively and harmoniously together."
Parks added in an effort to meet their goal, the team set July 2015 as the deadline to complete all berthing installation. At this pace the team will have completed the project nearly a year prior to the scheduled crew move aboard date of February 2016.
Parks added that in addition to installing berthing the Sailors will also complete a major refurbishment to these living spaces by installing new tables, chairs, mirrors, and lighting.
According to Parks, Lincoln's berthing team has also completed a great deal of preliminary work that will accommodate the smooth transition for Sailors moving aboard the dry-docked carrier.
"Doing this type of work is different than what I'm used to. It's just like deployment in that we know the work is hard but we take care of each other," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Brytney Wasnea, berthing team member. "It doesn't hurt to get a head start and pre-stage for this transition, it's hard, but all in all, we get the job done."
With even more berthing installations ahead of them working in sequence with the CMA, the berthing team has their work cut out for them in the foreseeable future.
Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, A division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.
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