Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed a maintenance availability period, Sept. 20.

In a little more than a month, John C. Stennis Sailors, together with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) workers and contractors, laid down 97,955 square feet of nonskid in multiple areas including on the flight deck, fantail and jet shop, replaced the wire rope of one of the ship’s four aircraft elevators and replaced two watertight doors.

“We did very well,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brent Miller, from Grand Island, Nebraska. “We were prepared for it … which is always very important for the first few days because if you get a slow start in the first week, it can really put you behind.”

Miller and Lt. Cmdr. Mike Palmer, from Vancouver, Washington, served as John C. Stennis’ maintenance managers for the availability period.

According to Miller, another key to John C. Stennis’ timely completion was teamwork.

“We have good communication and we’re working very well with PSNS and our contractor teammates,” said Miller.

The availability started Aug. 15 following John C. Stennis’ regularly scheduled deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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