Monday, November 28, 2022

General Dynamics awarded $91M by U.S. Navy to modernize CVN 77 carrier

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. has received a
$91,4 million as a modification to a previously awarded contract for modifications and maintenance of aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the U.S. Defense Department announced.

The modification to a previously awarded contract, announced on Monday, covers 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.

According to the U.S. Defense Department, work will be performed in Portsmouth, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by February 2021.


USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for the 41st President of the United States and former Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II.

The carrier carries typically up to 56 fixed-wing aircraft including the Hornet, F/A-18A,C,E and F, the Grumman EA-6B Prowler and the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, and up to 15 helicopters, Sikorsky SH-60F, HH-60H Seahawk and SH-60B Seahawks.

The flight deck is 332.9m long and 76.8m wide. The angle flight deck is 76.8m long. The angled flight deck allows the landing aircraft the option of accelerating safely away if required, minimising the danger of colliding with stationary aircraft on deck.

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