USS George Washington begins midlife overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73) sailed to Newport News Shipbuilding on Friday to begin her midlife maintenance overhaul.

The Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) is common for aircraft carriers and generally occurs at the 25-year mark in a carrier’s life. The ship will remain at the Newport News shipyard for four and five years while major components are repaired or replaced, and its nuclear reactors refueled.

The Newport News shipyard, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the only yard capable of refueling and overhauling nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Once the overhaul is complete, the USS George Washington will return to the fleet for another 25 years of service.

The USS George Washington was built at the same shipyard and was commissioned into service on July 4, 1992. The carrier returned from her last deployment in December 2016.

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