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USS George Washington RCOH progresses

27th September 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has completed around 25 percent of refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) work aboard the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

George Washington, the sixth Nimitz-class ship to undergo this major life-cycle overhaul, has recently has its modernised radar tower installed as one complete structure instead of two individual units.

The RCOH began under a planning contract in August 2017 and includes the refuelling of the ship’s reactors as well as extensive modernisation of more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of systems. In addition to the radar tower structure, major upgrades will be made to the island house, flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island.

Chris Miner, vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs, Newport News, said: ‘This is a significant engineering, planning and construction improvement. This lift was the result of our digital shipbuilding efforts to harness the use of technology, including visual work instructions that allowed us to increase efficiency and productivity. We look forward to continuing to work with our navy customers to improve our RCOH processes.’

The overhaul is expected to be completed in late 2021.

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