The following was released by Navy News:

“The Navy took delivery of its newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. George H.W. Bush is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

“George H.W. Bush has been eight years in the making, with its keel laid in 2003, followed by christening in 2006 and today’s delivery. It’s a testament to the dedication and professionalism of both the Navy and our industry partners,” said Capt. Frank Simei, Navy program manager for in-service aircraft carriers.

George H.W. Bush is the most advanced ship of its class. Relative to the last aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan substantial design features were modified and new technologies inserted. Examples include a new vacuum marine sanitation system, a new jet fuel distribution system and numerous other new control systems and piping materials. These new features will reduce the lifecycle cost of the carrier.

“George H.W. Bush’s delivery completes the construction of Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, but their legacy will continue” said Simei. “This ship will be an important part of our maritime forces for the next 50 years.”

George H. W. Bush was commissioned Jan. 10 at Norfolk Naval Base. Doro Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush, is the ship’s sponsor.”

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Of note is the remark that this is the last of the Nimitz-class CVNs. Once upon a time, I thought the CVN-78 was still going to be considered a Nimitz-class. No longer?

And is this going to be the signal to pass Enterprise CVN-65 out of service, or will they wait until CVN-78 is further along?




Posted by UltimaRatioReg in Navy


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  • David

    CVN-78 is definitely not a Nimitz. By law we need 11 CVN’s. So CVN-65 needs to stay around a few more years.

  • SSG Jeff (USAR)

    In response to the acceptance of CVN-77, the Kitty Hawk was finally decommissioned the same day.

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