|EAST CHINA SEA (July 25, 2014) F/A-18 Super Hornets fly in formation over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)|
Newport News August 1, 2014 - Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $49.6 million contract to begin planning for work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The contract is for 12 months and includes planning, engineering and shipboard inspections for work associated with the defueling of the ship.
"We are pleased to be able to begin planning for the defueling of CVN 73," said Chris Miner, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs. "We hope this award is a first step toward the highly anticipated full award of the RCOH planning contract."
The USS George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class carrier built by Newport News and the fourth Navy ship to be named after the first president of the United States. If approved, CVN 73 will be the sixth ship of the class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone.