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    Conveying the future of George Washington

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA, UNITED STATES

    11.16.2020

    Story by Seaman Cory Daut 

    USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73)

    Ring! Ring! Ring! Here come the
    necessary supplies you have been waiting
    for all of deployment. They’re coming right
    down the conveyor, ready to be unloaded
    and disbursed to the crew. The items being
    disbursed could be the care package from
    your mom, your favorite food in the galley,
    or a pallet of Monster for restocking the
    vending machines are finally here.
    The engineering department’s
    auxiliary division aboard the Nimitz-class
    aircraft carrier USS George Washington
    (CVN 73) is working to bring the vertical
    package conveyors back into operation to
    serve the crew and move essential goods
    like food stores up and down the decks of
    George Washington.
    “We are doing system operation
    testing to make sure our safety,
    mechanical, and electrical operations
    run smoothly,” said Chief Machinist
    Mate Chet Barnett, a chief petty officer
    assigned to auxiliary division aboard
    George Washington. “We are also weight
    testing, as well; that is where we load up
    our vertical package conveyors with 250
    pounds per skid, then we move them up
    and down.”
    To achieve this operational milestone,
    Sailors, shipyard workers, and contractorsare all working together spendingthousands of combined man hours to turn
    this into reality.
    “Half of the auxiliary division is
    currently working on the vertical package
    conveyors,” said Barnett. “We have Sailors
    working on this from the catapult shop,
    outside repair, boat shop, 02N2, and
    hydraulics shop. It is all hands evolution in
    terms of auxiliary division.”
    Once all of the testing, maintaining,
    and safety checks are completed, these
    conveyors can be used for the necessary
    day-to-day usage.
    “We are updating and maintaining all
    11 conveyors on the ship right now to ensure
    they are all safe and ready to be used to
    transport the needed materials throughout
    the decks,” Machinist Mate 3rd Class Glenville Bell, assigned to the engineering department aboard George Washington.
    These conveyors have a few main
    purposes, including moving materials from
    the hangar bay all the way down to the sixth
    deck, or from the sixth deck back up.
    “Our vertical package conveyors are for
    anytime we do an underway replenishment
    or replenishment-at-sea. We can
    successfully move objects from the hangar
    bay down to whatever deck they desire
    the goods to go to,” said Barnett. “It could
    be food, supplies, parts, and paint being
    conveyed down the decks.”
    The vertical package conveyors, once
    running again, will be here to serve the crew
    for the next 25 years, ensuring supplies get
    to their designated locations.
    “I feel great about everyone working
    together to complete this evolution,” said
    Barnett. “It’s the reason why I do this job. It
    is wonderful to see Sailors working together
    to get George Washington back out to sea.”

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    Date Taken: 11.16.2020
    Date Posted: 12.31.2020 18:07
    Story ID: 385969
    Location: NEWPORT NEWS, VA, US 

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