NORFOLK-- Inside the combat engineering center on board the battleship USS Wisconsin, Navy engineers from the inspection group known as 'In Serve' were lending their expertise on safety and maintenance issues.
'We were checking out loose cabling, trip hazards that normally wouldn't be there if the ship was still fully operational,' said Lt. Frederick Alston.
They were also joined by experts from civilian ship-repair units.
Project manager John Elliker gave them all a debrief before they set off in teams to inspect spaces on the old battleship.
'I think it's a great idea and I am glad I volunteered for it. I wasn't sure what I was getting into until today and now I am glad I did my part,' said civilian engineer Wayne Dancause.
Among the active duty sailors was a USS Wisconsin veteran. Lt Mike Klauer was18 when he reported aboard in 1989, and he's still in.
'Very exciting. My heart is about to beat out of my chest. It's interesting. I was hoping I would get an opportunity to get back inside the skin of the ship again,' explained Klauer.
This was the second visit by the In Serve unit and they say there will be more.
'We want this ship to be here for 100 years and the only way you are going to do that is to maintain it correctly. That's the only way you are going to do that and we have the best people in the business helping us,' said Nauticus Executive Director Harry Lynch.