Long a skipperís perk, the gig is going away
By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 10, 2008 9:08:00 EST
Carrier skippers are losing a traditional status symbol under a Navy directive issued in January. The captainís gig, the motorboat set aside to ferry commanding officers to shore when their ships are anchored away from land, is being phased out of the fleet.
Under a directive issued by Naval Air Forces, all 11 carriers will be required to turn in their captainís gigs before June 30, 2009. ďRemoval of the captainís gig will reduce maintenance costs and free up valuable hangar bay space,Ē the message reads.
Admiralís barges, another variety of boat traditionally carried aboard carriers, arenít affected by the gig withdrawal. And captainís gigs will stay aboard the amphibious assault ships and other surface ships that now carry them, said Cmdr. Jane Campbell, spokeswoman for Naval Surface Forces.
So far, three carriers ó the Enterprise, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Carl Vinson ó have turned in their boats, said Capt. Ted Carter, the Vinsonís commanding officer and head of the Navyís Carrier Readiness Team. All three carriers are in port or being overhauled.
The motorboats, some of which have served as long as their host carriers and been continually refurbished, will go into storage until the Navy decides what to do with them.
Read More: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/02/navy_captgigs_080210w/
Message ordering the removal of the Captain's Gig:
FM COMNAVAIRFOR SAN DIEGO CA//N43//
TO USS KITTY HAWK
USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
USS CARL VINSON
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON
USS JOHN C STENNIS
USS HARRY S TRUMAN
USS RONALD REAGAN
SUBJ/REMOVAL OF CAPTAINS GIGS FROM ALL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. OPNAV N88 APPROVED THE NAVAL AVIATION ENTERPRISE (NAE) CARRIER READINESS TEAM (CRT) REQUEST TO REMOVE THE CAPTAIN'S GIG FROM ALL CV/CVNS. REMOVAL OF THE CAPTAIN'S GIG WILL REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS AND FREE UP VALUABLE HANGAR BAY SPACE.
2. PER REF A AND B, ALL CV/CVNS ARE REQUESTED TO PREPARE THEIR CAPTAIN'S GIG FOR DISPOSITION WITHOUT REPLACEMENT IAW REF C. SHIPS SHOULD COORDINATE THESE EFFORTS WITH THEIR TYCOM N43 MAINTENANCE PROGRAM MANAGER (MPM).
3. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE CAPTAIN'S GIGS ASSIGNED BY SHIP AND ACTION REQUIRED (READ IN THREE COLUMNS):
SHIP CAPTAIN'S GIG ACTION REQUIRED
CV 63 10MPE9319 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 65 12MPE9203 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 68 12MPE9201 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 69 40PE9004 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 70 40PE761 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 71 40PE8514 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 72 33PE8701 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 73 13MPE9902 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 74 33PE9006 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 75 33PE9007 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 76 10MPE9308 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
4. REQUEST THAT CAPTAIN'S GIGS BE OFFLOADED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.
5. CAPTAIN'S GIGS MUST BE OFFLOADED BY 30 JUN 09.
6. UPON COMPLETION OF OFFLOAD, SHIPS SHALL NOTIFY THEIR TYCOM N43 MPM AND POC.//