BREMERTON -- USS John C. Stennis sailors and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility workers last week began the largest work package for a CVN-class aircraft carrier in a six-month period.
Planning for what the Navy calls a planned incremental availability (PIA) began when the ship was on a deployment that ended in mid-August.
Some sailors are part of PIA teams that work on a variety of tasks, including habitability; replacing deck and tile surfaces; testing and repairing valves, fan room, vents and voids for proper function and cleanliness; repairing damaged doors and ladders; and organizing and maintaining electrical cable systems throughout the ship.
Other crew members will be working within their departments, carrying out routine maintenance and performing more in-depth work, including repairing ship systems and working alongside outside organizations as new installations are made.
In addition to the ship's crew, PSNS employees and contractors from many companies will carry out extensive work onboard, installing new equipment and doing work beyond the capabilities of the crew.
Sailors who live on the Stennis and would have been in the way of the work moved to a barge moored next to the ship. The barge can accommodate nearly 1,100 people.
The other aircraft carrier based at Naval Base Kitsap, USS Nimitz, is training in the Pacific Ocean for an upcoming deployment.