January 11, 2009

USS George H.W. Bush brought to life …

... It will be the most technologically advanced carrier in the world and is expected to protect American Interests until at least 2059 ...

The U.S. Navy today welcomed the newest member to its powerhouses of the fleet. The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN -77) was commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.

About 20,000 people attended the commissioning, including President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other members of the Bush family.

Some CCN 77 facts:

  • Cost: $6.2 billion

  • Powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling

  • Expected to operate as Navy warship for about 50 years

  • Typical Nimitz-class ship carries 80-plus combat aircraft

  • Towers 20 stories above the waterline with a 4.5-acre flight deck

  • 1,092 feet long: nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall

  • Four bronze propellers, each 21 feet across and weighing more than 30 tons

  • Steering accomplished by two rudders, each 29 feet by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons

  • Four high speed aircraft elevators, each more than 4,000 square feet, bring planes to the flight deck from the hangar below

  • Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel

  • Enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days: 18,150 meals served daily

  • Distillation plants providing 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2,000 homes

  • Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,600 miles of cable and wiring

  • 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets

Source: Northrop Grumman

It’s commissioning adds another 90,000 tons of impossible to ignore cold steel diplomacy to its arsenal. As former, Secretary of Defense William Cohen once stated:

"If you don't have that forward deployed presence, you have less of a voice, less of an influence."

The Nimitz class is am immense source of pride for the world’s largest Navy and its builder Northrop Grumman Corp. It will be the most technologically advanced carrier in the world and is expected to protect American Interests until at least 2059.

The USS George H.W. Bush will be the final vessel in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, but as one chapter comes to a close, another begins. In November, Northrop received a $5.1 billion contract from the Navy to build the lead ship in the next class of carrier - the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and is expected to be completed in 2015.

Multimedia: The commissioning of the G.H.W. Bush

See also: U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers


Jason said...

"It will be the most technologically advanced carrier in the world and is expected to protect American Interests until at least 2059"

Unbelievable. And here is a heads up. That may translate to 50 more years of regime changing to all of you rogue outfits.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I had the opportunity to see the Nimitz up close and personal a few years ago and these ships are unbeleivable and awsome.

The GHW Bush is so far advanced technoligically speaking to the Nimitz it is almost unimaginable.

A great addition to a great Navy defending freedom throughout the world.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Outstanding! I had no idea this carrier was coming.

On the other hand, we are very, very far away from our once-envisioned 500-ship Blue Water navy. Right now we're concentrating on the littorals and, at this point, I believe this sole focus is wrong. Of course we need quality ships -- I also believe we need a QUANTITY of ships as well.


courtneyme109 said...

90K tons of Diplomacy.

Z said...

Courtney..GREAT comment.

Hi, Oscar! I watched the ceremonies and have to admit I actually cried when Dorothy Bush said "Sailors..man your stations" or SOMETHING like that!? One after the other they sprang to duty, running to where ever they had to be. It was very moving.

Tapline said...

Otto, The ceremony was very impressive and moving..... Excellent post....I agree with other commentors here. We need more not bigger...stay well...

AI said...

Jason: I see you don't mix you words! Thanks for sharing your views ...

AI said...

Ken @ "The Lib Lie the Conservative Truth": “Defending freedom” and protecting American Interests are synonymous …

AI said...

BZ: Quantity is important but let us no underestimates the value of flat tops. I will say this however; some of the newer classes of stealth carriers may lack the punch of carriers but are good options for their speed and efficiency of operation and cost. I hope that the Pentagon is considering the value of such new age hull technologies through which the U.S. can maintain the tech edge and in addition, the numbers advantage …

AI said...

Courtney: That's a lot of weight in brute force do as we say or else diplomacy!

AI said...

Z: You are not the first to call me Oscar! I found the ceremony quite moving as well ...

Tap: On the question of more Navy not bigger, I believe the calls are growing louder.

The Navy's 12 carriers, each roughly 1,000 feet long and loaded with about 75 warplanes and more than 5,000 sailors and airmen, are the world's largest and most recognizable warships.

At roughly $5 billion each to build and approaching $500 million per year to operate, they also are the world's most expensive ships.

And they're about to get pricier. CVN-21, first in a series of new-design carriers, will cost more than $8 billion to build, plus $5.6 billion for research, development and design.

In an essay titled "Do We Need Carriers?" retired Adm. Stansfield Turner, a former CIA director argues that other, cheaper ships, equipped with large stocks of computer and satellite-guided missiles, could deliver as much combat power as a carrier without risk to pilots and other airmen.

"All weapons systems have their day and we move on," Turner said in an interview. He worries that "military people have a tendency to stay with what's tried, true and proven" without fully studying alternatives, he added.

Source: http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,106702,00.html

Anonymous said...

The ceremony was very impressive and moving.....



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