Fifty-three chief petty officer selectees from the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and embarked staff, commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, were awarded the gold fouled anchor and advanced to the rank of chief petty officer in the ship’s hangar bay, Sept. 16.
The gold-fouled anchor with a super imposed “USN” is a historical symbol of every U.S. Navy chief petty officer that symbolizes the unbreakable unity, undaunted service and navigation each chief is expected to provide to Sailors and their command.
One by one, each newly pinned chief petty officer received honors as they walked past their peers and were ceremoniously welcomed to the chief’s mess with two bell strikes.
For the newly capped and pinned chiefs, the ceremony marked the end of a journey and the beginning of their new roles as a chief petty officer.
According to Capt. Greg Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer, these 53 new chief petty officers are likely to be the first group to get pinned this year and this day marks an important and well-deserved milestone for each of them across the ship, CVW 5 and CTF 70.