BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors are scheduled to move back aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) June 27, as the ship nears the end of its Docking Planned Incremental Availability.

Sailors refurbished berthings and restored service steam so they can live on the ship during the final stage of its maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

“For the past year we completed a lot of work in a short amount of time,” said leading petty officer of the habitability team Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Daniel Byrnes, from Long Beach, Calif. “We replaced 1,586 racks in 26 compartments and removed more than 35,000 square feet of tile.”

The racks and tile are being replaced because they have reached the end of their life cycle. The new racks installed now have hydraulic supports that allow Sailors to open them with ease.

“Sailors will be living here,” said Byrnes. “We want to give them the best possible berthings to make their time on the ship more enjoyable.” In addition to the refurbished berthings, the ship’s service steam will also be reactivated allowing Sailors access to hot water to cook and clean.

“Steam is vital to power the ship, cook food, wash clothing and clean,” said Machinist Mate 1st Class Roger Enriquez, from Harmon, Guam. “We put a lot of work into fixing leaks and repairing water heaters to make sure the system runs safely.”

Even though Sailors may be assigned different jobs around the ship, they are all working toward the same goal: getting Stennis out of the shipyard and back to the fleet.

“What we do is difficult, but necessary,” said habitability team member Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jenna Burwell, from Wenatchee, Wash. “It’s great to see the end result of our work.”

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