You know, CVN-77, the USS George H.W. Bush? How is it doing?

Didn’t you all tell Navy Times the ship would be done by now?

“Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding says the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier will be completed by mid-March, about two months after its commissioning.”

So what’s up? Builder’s trials were completed Feb 16, and we still don’t have a delivery trial yet?

Just to compare, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) completed builders sea trials on May 8, 2003 and began acceptance sea trials 19 days later, on May 27, 2003. And USS Harry Truman (CVN-75) completed her builders sea trials on June 11, 1998 and finished acceptance sea trials days later, on the June 25, 1998.

Here we are, day 37….

If the Navy is demanding Northrop Grumman deliver…a complete ship, then, well, Bravo.

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  • Spade

    “If the Navy is demanding Northrop Grumman deliver…a complete ship, then, well, Bravo.”

    After LPD-17 they damn well should be.

  • Great oversight of NG Springboard! Keep ’em honest

  • Byron

    I saw you mention “highly paid temps”, SB, and I thought I’d chime and perhaps explain what you are seeing with “temps”.

    All the shipyards today have been forced to utilize a two tier employment of manpower: the core or cadre of actual full-time employees, and when a new contract or milestone in a contract comes around, the company is forced to utilize temp workers, usually by contract with a staffing agency. For the most part, the temps are average workers, some really good ones, some really bad ones (and for the most part, the companies know who they are since they sort of hang in one area like the eastern seaboard). The only difference is the temps don’t have a vested interest in a quality job on time and budget; they’re only there for the hours and per diem (which isn’t taxable, by the way). Yes, I know that temp contract workers in other occupations are different. But this is my world, and I live it every day.

    Want to blame someone? Blame the inability of a shipyard or ship repair company to count on building a skilled workforce and then being able to continue their pay and benefits even when work is slack. It’s an absolute necessity to use temp skilled labor, and it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.

  • Sam Kotlin

    Has the Apprentice School at New News shut down? Would guess that would have been one of the first babies thrown off the sled.

  • Byron

    Most apprentice programs shut down, lack of consistent work load, economics. Damn shame, we’re not growing them on trees.

  • Sam Kotlin

    Only folks I know with a sound apprentice program are the Ironworkers here in Central Florida. Byron, this might be something you and I can agree on: the labor movement has become so weakened that the country has suffered. The Employee Free Choice Act will reverse that – sound legislation (no, it does not do away with secret ballots) and should pass.

  • PK

    public shipyards had apprentice programs that consisted of 4 each 52 week years (minus leave and holidays) to achieve the goal of Journeyman in a skilled trade.

    we graduated about 15 shipfitters a year.


  • I’ve not been following this, but…didn’t some of the Gulf shipyards (including Northrop Grumman) start up some training schools over the past year? Anybody got details?

  • Byron

    Actually, Sam, I wouldn’t work in a union yard if they paid 1,000 an hour. You see, in my opinion, unions have been the death of American shipbuilding. And just about ready to kill the auto makers too.

  • Bill

    Maybe there are some second thoughts per the closing down of real Naval Shipyards such as Portsmouth VA and Philadelphia…