Nimitz-class nuclear plane carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was returned to the water on April 6, practically year after entering the dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
The U.S. Navy stated that USS Carl Vinson departed dry dock after spending 14 months undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability interval at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
Whereas every availability poses hurdles to the PSNS & IMF team, relying on the scheduled maintenance and development work for the platform, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing a novel problem for everyone concerned in getting Carl Vinson back to the operational fleet.
Based on Mike Irby, the project superintendent, the reduction of the workforce because of COVID-19 precautions didn’t dampen his team’s efforts.
The Carl Vinson project group received a head begin on the DPIA by ensuring particular work was done in San Diego before the ship came to Bremerton last January. The staff carried out multiple ship visits and assessments to fully scope the work required before the ship arrived, and leveraged classes discovered and improvements that had been carried out during the U.S. Nimitz (CVN 68) DPIA at PSNS & IMF from March 2018 to June 2019.
Based on Irby, the shafts, rudders, and bearings had vital material deficiencies that delayed the undocking, while each rudder, rudder bores, and struts required extensive repairs.
Because of the massive amount of development work, the availability is presently projected to finish three weeks late.