NNSY Welcomes USS George H.W. Bush for Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability

February 21, 2019 – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Feb. 21, for a 28-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA). Dry-docking and maintaining a 103,000 ton, 1,092-foot aircraft carrier is complex work. This DPIA marks the first time George H.W. Bush has not been waterborne since 2006. Requiring an estimated 1.3 million man-days, it will be the most extensive maintenance period for the ship yet and one of the most complex CVN chief of naval operations availabilities in recent NNSY history. The shipyard workforce…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 7, 2019

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., (NASSCO)-Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, is awarded a $91,477,172 undefinitized contract action as a modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-4306) for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) fiscal 2019 Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability. A Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by February 2021. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in…

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Future of U.S. Navy Onboard Delivery Missions

August 10, 2018 – “Power.” “Nacelles.” “Brakes, brakes, brakes.” “Power steering.” “Aft cyclic.” These are the calls MV-22 Osprey pilots relay as they come in for a landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) while testing some of the Department of the Navy’s newest and most innovative aircraft. In August 2018, Osprey pilots successfully tested rolling landing and takeoffs in excess of 57,000 pounds on the flight deck of the ship. This key capability allows the Osprey to haul more weight than…

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US, French Navy Complete Historic ‘Chesapeake 2018’ Combined Exercise

As the Rafale Marine launched into the distant skyline becoming the last French aircraft to depart from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Sailors on the deck celebrated a successful training operation and a job well done, concluding the historic combined exercise Chesapeake 2018. Chesapeake 2018 began in April at Naval Air Station Oceana and continued at sea, resulting in a full integration of the French navy air wing into a single, unified carrier air wing. The at-sea portion of the training lasted from May 7-18 and included…

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Nightdippers Supply Lincoln With VERTREP

he Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 are playing a major role ensuring the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gets the supplies it needs during the extensive underway replenishment (UNREP) and ammunition onload, March 25-28. HSC-5 is a squadron of MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, whose missions typically include naval special warfare support, search and rescue, anti-surface warfare and vertical replenishments at sea (VERTREP). This underway, they conducted one with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W.…

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George H.W. Bush Transits Strait of Hormuz

March 23, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Sea March 21. The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and freedom of navigation is essential for all vessel movement in and out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. GHWB’s navigation team was in a modified navigation detail while transiting and maintained a heightened level of navigational readiness while in proximity to land and other shipping traffic…

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