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.