The Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries moved aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to an outfitting berth, HII confirmed on 30 September, where it will begin final outfitting and testing for the ship’s refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
The shipyard moved the ship after finishing the dry-dock work needed for the RCOH, flooding the dock with more than 100 million gallons (378.5 million litres) of water.
A carrier’s RCOH marks the ship’s operational midlife nuclear reactor refuelling and extensive overhaul of major vessel systems. It takes several years to plan and execute and can cost a bit more than USD3 billion.
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