USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Save the Navy USD 4.6 Mln

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As the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) approaches its next phase in the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH), personnel from the decking team (PM-13) are saving the Navy $4.6 million by assuming the task of repairing the ship’s hangar bay ceiling.

USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Save the Navy USD 4.6 Mln

With 2,000 square feet of corrosion control and prevention complete, one-third of Lincoln’s hangar bay is now ready for the lagging installation process.

According to PM-13 division officer, Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Smith, by taking on this job the PM-13 team is saving the Navy nearly $4.6 million in labor, equipment costs and manpower.

“The ship’s force’s initiative taking on the overhead task is a perfect scenario for PM-13 and V-3 Sailors to collectively work towards a completion of a goal while saving Lincoln’s RCOH contractor cost $4.6 million for all three hangar bays,” Smith said.

To meet their September 2015 deadline, PM-13 currently maintains their already-large workload of deck rehabilitation with eight Sailors on a rotating schedule assigned to the hangar bay ceiling project.

Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va.

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.

Press Release, October 07, 2014; Image: US Navy

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