Huntington Ingalls Industries Marks Milestone USS George Washington (CVN 73) Refueling and Complex Overhaul, Relights Hull Numbers

February 28, 2020 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division and the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) relighted the ship’s hull lights during a brief ceremony Wednesday.

With the flip of a switch, 244 lightbulbs on the port and starboard sides of the aircraft carrier’s island house sprang to life, illuminating the distinctive number “73.” It was the first time the hull numbers had been turned on since George Washington’s refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) began in 2017.

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is visible at night from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Outfitting Berth 1. Following the most recent milestone – the relighting of the island – the carrier now is more than 70 percent complete. Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII.

“We’re proud of the progress being made on George Washington,” said Todd West, CVN 73 program director for Newport News. “This is a significant milestone in the ship’s overhaul that brings us closer to delivering the ship to the fleet, where the hull lights will be one of the most recognizable and enduring symbols of our freedom for the next 25 years.”

Currently undergoing final outfitting and testing, the overhaul is more than 70% complete.

A video and photos accompanying this release are available at:

George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class aircraft to undergo its mid-life refueling overhaul and maintenance availability that produces a recapitalized carrier capable of supporting current and future warfare doctrine for the next 25 years.

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