NGC delivers final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to US Navy

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) to the US Navy, describing the $6.2 billion ship as the most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ever built.
The Bush, named for World War Two naval aviator and the 41st US President (his son was the 43rd) is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and was constructed by the company’s shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Virginia.
“We are proud to be part of history by delivering the final Nimitz-class carrier to the Navy today,” said Ken Mahler, vice president of Navy programs at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News.
“It represents the culmination of years of hard work, craftsmanship and dedication by thousands of shipbuilders, whose work will remain with the fleet for the next 50 years.”



At 332.8m the Bush is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. It weighs 97,000 tons, can carry more than 80 combat aircraft and its top speed exceeds 30 knots. Powered with two nuclear reactors, it will operate for more than 20 years without refueling.

Construction began in 2001 at Northrop Grumman`s Newport News shipyard. She was christened on October 7, 2006 and was commissioned January 10 this year. The carrier completed her acceptance sea trials on April 10.
The wikipedia notes the Bush is just the second US aircraft carrier to be named after a naval aviator; the USS Forrestal was the first.
The Bush is also the second aircraft carrier, following Ronald Reagan, to be named after a living former president, although Reagan has since died.
While still a Nimitz class ship, the George H. W. Bush differs significantly from her predecessors and also includes come South African technology developed by Cape-based company CCII.
 The next US carrier, CVN-78, will be the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers, using the basic hull design of the preceding Nimitz-class.