By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matt Martino

The commander of U.S. Third Fleet visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Aug. 5.

Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd met with Stennis and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IFM) senior leadership, toured Stennis and discussed Stennis’ ongoing docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period.

“I am always impressed with the work our Sailors and their shipyard counterparts perform together,” said Floyd. “It is a difficult and complex job that takes teamwork, and I am confident that this is the team to get it done right.”

Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, Stennis’ commanding officer, and Terry Brown, project supervisor, led Floyd on a tour of ongoing maintenance sites throughout the ship, including the flight deck and dry dock.

“Maintenance is a different side of carrier life that many people aren’t familiar with, but it is essential to ensuring we deploy the most ready, capable naval forces to the Pacific,” said Floyd.

Prior to departing, Floyd thanked the Stennis and PSNS & IMF team for their hard work and dedication.

“I could not be more proud of the work our Stennis and the PSNS & IMF team is doing together,” said Wettlaufer. “It is clear he [Floyd] supports our mission and it means a great deal to all of us that he visited.”

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

Stennis is currently undergoing a scheduled 14-month DPIA at PSNS & IMF.

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Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd visits Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to speak with Stennis leadership regarding the progress of the docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matt Martino/ Not Released)