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IN THIS ISSUE Crane Teams Reduce Accidents Minnesota Reaches Pressure Hull Complete


Photo by Ricky Thompson

680-Ton Bow Lift Completes CVN 78 Keel

A Publication of Newport News Shipbuilding

July 2012

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BOW CVN 78’s Last Keel Unit Lifted Into Place

At 10:05 a.m. on May 24, the whistle blew for “Big Blue” Crane Operator Dave Rushing to begin lifting the lower bow for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Communicating by radio and hand signals, riggers, shipwrights, shipfitters and linesmen assisted in lowering the 680-ton, 60foot tall bow unit into Dry Dock 12. Joining the lower bow to the other ship units completes the length of the 1,092-foot aircraft carrier. Watching their work come together from the side of the dry dock were Shipfitters Richard Harris Jr., Calvin Knight, Isaac Higgs and Wesley Newcome. Their team had the lead in building the massive lower bow. “We started building the bow unit about a year ago,” said Harris, who worked from the inner bottoms all the way up to the main deck. “It was impressive to see the unit that we’ve worked so hard on move from the platen to the dry dock.” Every shipyard trade made this milestone possible from the cleaning crews to pipe fitters to electricians. CVN 78 Construction Director Geoff Hummel said approximately 50,000 man hours of work has been put into the construction so far by the whole shipyard.

“Recognizing the efforts of all the teams who made the bow unit come together is important,” said Newcome. “The trades gave us people, the material teams made sure we had material on time, and the riggers moved the big pieces when they were ready.”

Shipwrights Robert Balarabe, John Gateau, Matt Keller and Rob Messick agree there were a lot of eyes on the unit. Their shipwright team was involved before and after the bow was set on the keel blocks. Balarabe said he began preparing the bow two months before the scheduled lift.

On May 24, Newport News shipbuilders reached a major milestone in the modular construction of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier when they slowly lowered the lower bow into place to complete the keel. Photo by Chris Oxley

Prior to moving the bow into the dry dock, the shipwrights attached the lift pads, removed the handrails and secured all the openings. Messick stressed how important the lift preparation is. “At 6 a.m., the morning of the lift, we checked everything, then we checked it again

and then we checked it again.” After the lift, the team quickly focused on the work required to connect the bow to the ship. “Once it’s on the keel blocks, that is when our job really begins,” said Keller. For three days following the lift, Keller and his teammates hooked up

steamboat jacks to close any gaps and squared things off. When the shipbuilders completed fitting the bow to the rest of the ship, the crane’s cables were disconnected from the bow, and everyone could move on to their next job.

If there is any question about what a successful team looks like, a quick look at the team building America’s newest submarine will clear it up. Minnesota (SSN 783), the 10th Virginia-class submarine (VCS), is due for delivery to the Navy approximately 11 months earlier than its contract delivery date. On May 23, the VCS program announced that the ship was “pressure hull complete,” a term signifying the joining of the ship’s hull sections into a single, watertight unit. “Pressure hull complete is a major evolution in the ship’s construction,” said Lowton “L.A.” White, a 24year veteran submarine welder. “Now access to the ship is limited, and everything is permanent. It means we are almost done.” Pressure hull complete is one of the last major milestones before the submarine’s christening this fall. With these statistics, it is easy to wonder, “What are they doing differently?” Darryle Knight, a shipfitter in the VCS program, has been working on submarines for 38 years. “I remember building Los Angeles-class submarines in my early days at the yard, and the way we build Virginia-class subs is simply more efficient. We have eliminated rework. That’s why I think we’re ahead of schedule,” he said. Syretta Brown, an electrician with six years experience, has been impressed by the teamwork on Minnesota. “From my experience working on the last three subs, this has been the smoothest by far. It’s actually surprising to see the statistics on how ahead we are, because we don’t feel rushed. We’re just following the plan.” In fact, Minnesota celebrated pressure hull complete two months earlier in its contract delivery schedule than the last Newport News-delivered submarine, USS California. Because of the early deliveries, the VCS program is gaining a reputation of being a highly-efficient workforce. However, Ceferino Bersonda, a pipefitter and recent Apprentice School graduate, thinks they are more than just efficient. “It seems like we all know each other. We work closely together…it feels like a second family. In my opinion, we are ahead because of that dynamic; we communicate well with each other, and get each other what we need when we need it.” Jim Hughes, NNS’ vice president of Submarines and Fleet Support, agreed. “Our shipbuilders and our partners at Electric Boat have put a lot of hard work into this boat, and it shows. Their work ethic and commitment to quality is evident in every aspect of the construction process and the results attained thus far.”


Minnesota (SSN 783) sits in the Module OutďŹ tting Facility (MOF) with a temporary enclosure around the bow unit that controls the environment in the room during hull treatment. The ship is now 81 percent complete. Photo by Chris Oxley



“THE LEGEND” For Tony Davis, welding isn’t just a job. And it isn’t simply a skill he’s acquired. “It’s an art to me,” said the 38-year shipyard veteran who co-workers call “The Legend.” Davis has been welding since before he was old enough to drive, having trained in the profession at a vocational school before coming to work at Newport News. The shipyard placed him in the burning department when he arrived, but he convinced Human Resources to move him to welding. “I told them I liked welding and I would be of more benefit to them in that area,” he said. And he was.”I’ve been welding ever since.” But going from welder to “legend” took something more than just an aptitude for the job. It took a lot of pride, said Davis, something instilled in him at an early age. As a youngster his dad would make him cut the grass, and if Davis didn’t do a good job, his dad would send him back out to do it again. “He would tell me if you are going to do something, then try to do it right.” Over the years, Davis has mastered all forms of welding techniques and any new welding technologies that came along during his nearly four decades of building ships.

the name stuck. “Everywhere I go they say ‘here comes The Legend,’” said Davis. Today, what Davis enjoys the most is sharing what he’s learned. “I like helping other people, seeing them progress and gain confidence in themselves. I know I’ve showed this guy something and now he can pass it on.” But before he takes on new pupils, he first asks them if they take pride in their work. “If they do, then I’ll show them everything. But if they don’t want to learn it right, then I’ll tell them they’re wasting my time.” And the young welders keep coming to Davis, asking for his help. “If you show one person, it’s like a chain reaction,” he said. That’s the legacy Davis wants to leave in his wake.

He’s worked on submarines, aircraft carriers, tankers, cargo ships and cruise ships. “Just about every ship that came to the shipyard,” he said. On one particular day, Davis remembered he was welding on a ship, using three mirrors to ensure the job was done right. A co-worker stopped to watch what he was doing and told him he was good—that he was a “legend.” Then she wrote that word on his tool box. And

During his nearly four decades at the shipyard, Tony Davis’ (left) artistry as a welder and mentor to new shipbuilders has earned him the nickname “The Legend.” Davis took Welder Terry Bryan Jr. (right) under his wing three years ago. Photo by Ricky Thompson

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In April, crane teams from across the shipyard came together to celebrate their latest achievement—no, not another superlift, but their best accident reduction record to date. Dial back a few years, and no one at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) was celebrating the Lifting and Handling (L&H) team’s accident record. By industry standards, it was better than most— but it wasn’t good enough for NNS, who wanted to be the mark that all others were measured against.  Waterfront Support Services Trades Director Robert Chappell Sr. set out on a mission to lead L&H operations to be the safest in the industry.   “We wanted everyone to know we were the best,” said Chappell. “We examined each step in the process and every one of our procedures. Then we began documenting all the lifts our teams were performing, and we made it a requirement to have a detailed lift plan in place for all projects. We also increased training for the lift teams at all levels.” In 2011, the L&H teams performed more than one million lifts with 37 accidents. That’s almost a 40% reduction in accidents over 2010 while making almost 150,000 more lifts. “Our true measure of success is keeping our people safe, Chappell explained. “Since August 2011, the teams have made more than 989,000 lifts without an injury. Our last crane-related injury in July 2011, a bruised finger, ended a two-year, two-million lifts, injury-free record.” During the L&H celebration, the Foundry’s lift team received the “Top Gun” award for the team with the best safety record. In 2011, they had one accident, down from six in 2010. Moving to the new L&H lift-plan requirement did not come without some grumbling from inside the yard.  “Change is always difficult,” said Rob Robinson, a crane

operator in the Covered Module Assembly Facility. “A lot of guys thought the new planning process would slow them down and put their projects behind schedule.” However, the lift plans are proving to be a roadmap to success. Last year, L&H teams completed 15.5 percent more lifts with fewer accidents than in 2010.  “If we have an accident during a lift, we have to stop everything,“ said Ed Sullivan, one of the lead crane operators on the Foundry’s L&H Top Gun team. “We are more successful when we stick to the plan and don’t deviate from it. There’s more down time on a project if there’s an accident than we would ever spend developing and focusing on the lift plan.” A standardized form is used to formulate a lift plan. The form not only provides the what, where and weight of the lift, but it also includes the lift sequence, position of the lift points, what gear is required, lift calculations, comments and photographs from previous lifts.  “Most people think lifting is just a physical job,” said Crane Operator Jerry Carr. “The job requires a lot more mental focus, precision and communication. We have to get the calculations right and everyone has to be on the same page.” L&H continues to set high expectations and goals for itself. Each year, the team is given an accident reduction goal. But the true goal is, and always will be, zero.   “As good as our record is today, we can always do more to improve,” said Sullivan. “We have to stay focused, work as a team, communicate with each other and, very importantly, stick to the plan.”

Crane team members (L to R) Rob Roberson, Christopher Sparno, Jerry Carr, Rob Wolfe, Patrick Peck, and Derek Arsenault review the plan for a scheduled lift outside the Covered Module Assembly Facility (CMAF). Photo by John Whalen

fun run

The weather was perfect as employees and their families gathered under the shadow of the VASCIC building on Saturday morning, May 19. They came to downtown Newport News to participate in the annual 5K, coordinated by HealthWaves, the shipyard’s wellness provider. A whistle blow at 9:00 a.m. signaled the start as 1,000 people began the five-kilometer stretch along the shipyard. The event was more than a race. With activities for children, massage stations, and Foodbank donations, the 5K was more about community than competition. Danielle Osborne, a pipefitter on Gerald R. Ford, had never been in a 5K before. “I thought it was nice. I came with my boyfriend and kids. All the booths made it really fun for the kids.” Still, some came with the intent of winning; David Woodson, family member of a shipbuilder, ran the race in 16 minutes 35 seconds, finishing first. A different competition was also taking place, not for the fastest time but for the highest numbers. The Challenge Cup is given each year to the Newport News Shipbuilding program with the most people registered. Jennifer Boykin, vice president of Engineering and Design, took the trophy home with more than 400 of her engineers present. Some came to compete with themselves. One of the 400 engineers, Tom Herbert, who had a stress fracture in his left leg, walked the entire five kilometers on crutches. “I had signed up before I found out about my leg, and I just didn’t want to use it as an excuse. It helped that our vice president had hinted at her desire to win the trophy, but I really wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. So I did.” One thousand employees and family members begin the five-kilometer stretch in Victory Landing Park with the VASCIC building behind them. Photo by Ricky Thompson

50,000 …AND COUNTING 27,000 reactor start-ups and shutdowns… 37,500 engine room start-ups and shutdowns… 150,000 written exams… And 500,000 watches stood. Those are just a few of the accomplishments that led to a milestone celebration at the Kesselring Site this spring. On May 29, hundreds of sailors, civilian employees and Navy personnel gathered at the Kesselring Site’s Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Saratoga County, New York, to witness the graduation of the nuclear training program’s 50,000th graduate, Jenna Swindt. The Kesselring Site—the longest operational NPTU—is the first U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit to reach this major milestone. Following graduation, the sailors will be assigned to the Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Adm. Kirkland Donald, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, attended the event and praised the faculty and students at the site. “This is tough shore duty,” he said to the staff. “What you’re doing is making a real difference in the future of our Navy. For our students, you’ve made something greater of yourselves and you will make something greater of our United States Navy.” Newport News Shipbuilding assumed responsibility for maintenance services at the Kesselring Site earlier this

year. Under the contract, NNS provides maintenance on the two nuclear reactor prototypes at the site. Kent Williams, NNS’ director of Nuclear Engineering and Kesselring Site director, said the ceremony reinforced the importance of the work they perform each day at the site and its connection back to the work performed at the shipyard. “The submarines and aircraft carriers we build in Newport News are the most complex ships in the world,” Williams said. “With that complexity comes strict standards, exceptional quality and countless hours of training for the sailors who will operate them. Much of that training is performed here at the Kesselring Site, and it is our responsibility to ensure all systems are operating correctly, and that when they need maintenance, the work is performed safely, with the highest quality, and on schedule.” Like the work performed in Newport News, the work at the Kesselring Site also contributes to national security. This was noted at the ceremony by Thomas D’Agostino, undersecretary for Nuclear Security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. He told the audience that in a world of mundane jobs, they work with some of the most exciting technology. “Your work has real meaning,” he said. “You are serving your country and something larger than yourself.” Jenna Swindt, the 50,000th nuclear-trained sailor to graduate from the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory’s Kesselring Site in West Milton, is congratulated by Adm. Kirkland Donald, (left), Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. Earlier this year, Newport News Shipbuilding assumed responsibility for maintenance on the two nuclear reactor prototypes at the Kesselring Site. Photo by Ricky Thompson



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Summer Safety Hot weather can sometimes be really stressful and dangerous. Follow these practical tips from HealthWaves to stay injury-free this summer: • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated drinks. Being thirsty is a sign of dehydration, so don’t wait until you’re thirsty! The rule of thumb is about one half to a full cup every 15 to 20 minutes or so.

• Keep your hands dry and your safety glasses clear. Slippery hands from sweat and fogged safety glasses can cause an accident. • Eat lightly – hot foods and heavy meals can decrease your body’s resistance to heat-related illnesses. Salads and fruits are best. • Be sure to wear sunscreen when working outside. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids.

• Monitor the condition of your coworkers when working in the heat, and have someone do the same for you. Heat-related symptoms to look for are heart pounding, gasping for breath, lightheadedness, confusion, weakness and fainting. • If you or a co-worker experience heat-related symptoms, move to a cooler area, drink fluids, and seek medical attention if the condition does not improve.

Making a Difference Fighting Against Cancer Whether it is to celebrate a cancer survivor or to honor a loved one’s memory, Newport News Shipbuilders, including the African American Shipbuilding Association (AASA), Apprentice School Student Association (ASSA), Apprentice Alumni Association (AAA), Women in Shipbuilding Enterprises, and Lady Shipbuilders, have been supporting local American Cancer Society Relay for Life events since the late 1980s. This year, the “Cure Builders” team, formed by members of AAA and ASSA, contributed more than $2,000 to the Newport News relay. Kimberly Jordan, AAA Relay for Life Chair, lends support to survivors and those fighting in honor of her grandmother’s victory over cancer. Stephanie Cherry has also been personally affected by cancer. Cherry, a fifth-time Hampton Relay participant said her father’s death inspired her to fundraise to fight for more survivors, and more research and treatment

options. “My father died from brain cancer in 2000,” Cherry said. “It was difficult for me and my family, so I do what I can to support Relay for Life.” The AASA understands the importance of reaching fundraising goals to bring about a change. “The health of our community is a big concern for AASA,” said Tammy Smith, the organization’s relay captain. “By using our collective talents and joining the fight, we can have a greater impact on the battle against cancer.”   For NNS participants, Relay for Life is a 12-hour event, but only a small part of a 365-day campaign against cancer. Donations will be collected until Aug. 31. More information is available at Shipbuilders (L to R) Calvin Holloway, Angel Averett, Laneisha Jenkins, Karla Hamrick, Tammy Smith, Kimberly Jordan, Christina Butler and Carlton Dillard participated in the June 23 Newport News Relay For Life. Photo by Dar Deerfield Mook

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July 2012

USS MISSISSIPPI JOINS NAVY FLEET A crowd of nearly 7,500 attended the commissioning ceremony on Sat., June 2 at the Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi for the Navy’s newest, most modern nuclear-powered Virginia-class submarine. The 7,800-ton USS Mississippi (SSN 782) is the ninth submarine in its class to be built under a partnership agreement between Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The submarine is the fifth ship named for Mississippi and it was delivered to the Navy one year early and under budget. Allison Stiller, the ship’s sponsor and deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship programs, gave the traditional commissioning order. “Without further ado, officers and crew of USS Mississippi, man our ship and bring her to life.” The 145-member crew ran to the 377-foot-long submarine with a cheer, and filled the decks. Photo by U.S. Navy

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