CVN 70’s Carl Vinson Checks in for Maintenance 1 Month after Return to Service
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson [CVN 70] is returning to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA this month for $50 million worth of maintenance work following completion of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) and return to service in July.
Northrop Grumman expects to complete the maintenance work by December 2009. The work is being performed under a modification to a previously awarded contract (N62793-03-G-0001). Contract funds of $30.7 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in Newport News, VA manages the contract.
Northrop Grumman explained that the maintenance, known as the ship’s Post Shakedown Availability, is a typical step to resolve any issues that came up during the RCOH process…
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding redelivered USS Carl Vinson to the Navy on July 11/09, following a 3 1/2 RCOH. The RCOH is performed only once in a carrier’s 50-year life and includes extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, hundreds of system upgrades, and over 20 million man-hours of work, which includes defueling and refueling the nuclear reactors.
USS Carl Vinson is the 3rd Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to complete RCOH at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. USS Theodore Roosevelt [CVN 71] is scheduled to begin her RCOH this summer and planning is currently underway for the USS Abraham Lincoln’s [CVN 72] RCOH.
“CVN 70 Carl Vinson’s Mid-Life RCOH Refueling & Maintenance” has complete coverage of the ship’s recent RCOH.