USS George Washington wraps up busy 2016

USS George Washington wraps up busy 2016

NORFOLK (NNS) — “Underway, shift colors.” The 1MC loudspeaker sounds the announcement as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) gets underway for the last time in 2016.

Sailors say their last goodbyes to their loved ones, before they have minimal communication for the next three weeks, but the Sailors aboard GW are accustomed to this lifestyle.

Sailors aboard GW spent 142 days out to sea in 2016 qualifying to operate the F-35 Lightning II, conducting carrier qualifications for 526 pilots, completing various shipboard inspections, burials-at-sea, and a swim call. GW also became a patchwork quilt of Sailors, with approximately one-third of the crew coming from deployment with GW, one-third coming from deployment with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR), and the rest transferring from various commands. …

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Article Published by: Lemoore Navy News

Original article by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Alora R. Blosch USS George Washington Public Affairs

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