USS George Washington updates:
"NORFOLK (NNS) -- After nearly 25 years of serving the country, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is preparing to take an extended, well deserved and much needed, 40-plus-month break for its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) maintenance period.
A U.S. Navy ship's life journey is long, arduous and full of the dedication, tears, blood and sweat of its crew. This journey is one that is loaded with hard work and long hours, all while at the mercy of the sea and its environment. After nearly 25 years of serving the country, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is preparing to take an extended, well deserved and much needed, 40-plus-month break for its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) maintenance period.
Throughout the first 25 years of an aircraft carrier's life, it goes through several maintenance periods, but never anything to the extreme of an RCOH. The ship, not only takes a toll from the elements and the sea, but also falls behind technologically after 25 years of innovation happening around it. RCOH is essentially the time to renew the ship.
During RCOH, and the follow-on outfitting period, nearly all combat systems equipment will be refurbished, upgraded or replaced with newer technology, said Cmdr. Don Wilson, GW's combat systems officer. It truly is quite amazing how much work will be done. The ship will receive upgraded weapons systems; to include Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), Mk-38 25mm automatic gun systems, and Anti-Torpedo Defense Systems.
The Ship's Self-Defense System and all other tactical network and intelligence systems and sensors will be upgraded, said Wilson. Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services will become the new ship-wide network, which will include a new video distribution and surveillance systems, and the mast and the SPN-49 radar tower will be cut off and replaced with a modern design."
I assume the new radar will be the rotating version of EASR.
< Message edited by orca -- 9/20/2017 4:04:25 PM >