Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Deadly USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Army and Weapons | Deadly USS George Washington (CVN-73) | USS George Washington (CVN 73) is an American nuclear-powered supercarrier, the sixth ship in the Nimitz class and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named after George Washington, first president of the United States. It was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and was commissioned July 4, 1992.
George Washington (commonly known as GW) is 1092 ft (333 m) long, 257 ft (78 m) wide and 244 feet (74 meters) high. The super carrier can accommodate approximately 80 aircraft and has a flight deck 4.5 acres (18,000 m²) in size, with four lifts, 3880 m ² (360 m²) for each aircraft from the hangar bay and the cockpit to move. With a combat load, GW displaces almost 97,000 tons of long (99,000 t) and can accommodate 6,250 crew members. The four distilling units can make 400,000 U.S. gallons (1,500,000 L) of potable water per day, the food service divisions serve 18,000 meals a day. There are over 2,500 compartments on board the 2,520 ton cooling (8.6 MW) of the air conditioning capacity (enough to cool over 2,000 homes). The warship uses two Mark II stock less anchors 30 tons  all roads, with each link of the anchor chain weighing 360 pounds (160 kilograms). It is currently equipped with Phalanx CIWS mounts two 20mm and two Sea Sparrow SAM missiles. A CIWS and Sea Sparrow mount were removed to make room for two RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, installed during the 2005 dry dock Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).
Traditionally, U.S. Navy aircraft carrier hangar bays painted Navy Gray, George Washington was commissioned with its hangar bay bulkheads and overhead painted white, to the hangar bay appear larger and brighter. Since then, all U.S. airlines followed suit. All U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have their hull number painted on both sides of their island structure for identification.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors gathered for a ceremony in the cockpit, June 30, 2006, to commemorate the 230th nation, and the ship's 14th anniversary. Capt. Kent Whalen, GW executive officer, was on hand as Sailors showed their appreciation to America and reaffirmed their commitment to traditions followed by our founders in 1776. "Independence Day recognizes everyone, civilian and military alike, who contributed to making the United States what it is today," said Chief Hull Technician (SW / AW) Jaymond Calmes, GW's History and Heritage Committee coordinator.
During the ceremony, Electricians Mate 1st Class Michael McKinley read the account of the life and times of the ship's namesake, General George Washington. "I'm here at home so everyone can sleep at night while I'm watching," said McKinley. "I am here to ensure we can remain a free nation." "It's an honor to serve aboard this ship," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist (SW) Edward Snyder, Master of Ceremonies for the event. "This is a ship named after the first president of our country, and as I stood there listening to everyone to read, I felt this ship is part of American history." Later that day, was a cake-cutting ceremony held on the mess decks for all hands to the event insurance.
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with its crew of approximately 5,500 Sailors departed San Diego Aug. 21, 2008, to begin its journey to Yokosuka, Japan USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to replace the United States only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. This was the first time GW starts with CTF 70, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5) and Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15) as GW had pier side at Naval Air Station North Island, who just completed repair of a fire in the sea, which took place May 22, 2008. GW is the permanent flagship for CTF 70 while GW is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. Task Force 70 is the Carrier Strike Group component of Battle Force Seventh Fleet. In the past, the Task Force is focused on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), leading to Bremerton, WA towards the dismantling of the Naval Service in 2009 after 48 years in active service.
USS George Washington (CVN 73) made its historic arrival at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, September 25, 2008, when the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be permanently forward deployed outside the United States. GW's two nuclear reactors makes it possible to quickly navigate large distances without ever having to refuel and adds extensive capability in jet fuel for its air wing. GW also has the latest upgrades to own an aircraft carrier's defense systems by adding a Cooperative Engagement Capability.

General Washington had long been an advocate of a strong navy. On November 15, 1781, he wrote, without a decisive Naval force, we can not do anything decisive. And with everything honorable and decisive. These words are engraved on a plaque on the deck of the ship.
The ship will cost more than $ 4.5 billion in 2007 U.S. dollars to produce.

Two Westinghouse nuclear reactors A4W be used for propulsion (the ship is capable of steaming more than three million nautical miles before refueling) turning four five-bladed screws that 66,220 pounds (30,040 kilograms) each weigh, driving the ship at speeds above 30 knots (56 kmh).
The contract was awarded to George Washington to Newport News Shipbuilding on 27 December 1982. The keel was laid on August 25, 1986, was baptized July 21, 1990 by the then First Lady Barbara Bush, and was commissioned from Naval Station Norfolk on July 4, 1992.