29 Aug '13, 8pm

US Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Returns To Service

US Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Returns To Service

WASHINGTON — Four years to the day from when it was pushed across Hampton Roads, Va., to begin the biggest overhaul of its life, the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk Naval Base — reconditioned, refueled and overall much spiffier than before. The ship returned to base Thursday following four days of sea trials to validate the work and redelivery to the Navy. The $2.622 billion refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), carried out about midway through the ship’s planned 50-year active lifespan, is the most comprehensive shipyard period an aircraft carrier will undergo. All of the ship’s major systems are replaced, upgraded or renewed, and both nuclear reactors are refueled. The upgrades give the ships another 23 years or more of active service. Roosevelt is the fourth carrier to undergo the full RCOH process, each at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport N...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130829/DEFREG02/3082...

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