29 Apr '14, 12am

Aircraft carrier USS Stennis exits dry dock

Aircraft carrier USS Stennis exits dry dock

Related More Stars and Stripes coverage of the US Navy BREMERTON, Wash. — After almost 10 months, USS John C. Stennis is back on the water. The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier left dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility on Friday. It had entered on July 1. The Stennis is on the downhill side of a 14-month, $240 million maintenance and modernization period. In this case, it will be 440,000 hours of work for shipyard employees and another 230,000 for sailors and contractors. They have completed more than 11,000 repair jobs, including restoring Stennis’ multi-ton propellers, shafts and rudders, and refurbishing all four aircraft catapults. The crews also began installing a new communications platform and are upgrading the close-in weapons systems to improve the ship’s defense against close-range threats, according to the Navy. “I am exce...

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