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Planning begins on defueling of aircraft carrier

Planning for the defueling of the nuclear carrier USS George Washington is being undertaken by Newport News Shipbuilding.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Aug. 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Newport News Shipbuilding is planning its work on defueling the aircraft carrier USS George Washington under a $49.6 million military contract.

The USS George Washington (CVN 73) is the sixth Nimitz-class carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding and if approved could undergo a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

"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."

Planning for the defueling work will include engineering and shipboard inspections. It is for a period of one year.

Additional details of the contract awarded were not disclosed.

Newport News Shipbuilding is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington was commissioned in 1992. It displaces more than 116,000 tons and is 1,092 feet long.

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