USS George H.W. Bush

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | Nimitz Class

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for the 41st President of the United States and former Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II. Bush‘s callsign is Avenger, after the TBM Avenger aircraft flown by then-Lieutenant George Bush in World War II. Construction began in 2003 at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard’s Dry Dock 12, the largest in the western hemisphere. She was completed in 2009 at a cost of $6.2 billion and her home port is Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

General and specialized information

Name Namesake Ordered Awarded Builder
USS George H.W. Bush George H.W. Bush January 26, 2001 January 26, 2001 Northrop Grumman Newport
Cost Laid down Sponsored by Christened Launched
$6.2 billion September 6, 2003 Dorothy Bush Koch October 7, 2006 October 9, 2006
Commissioned Homeport Motto Knickname Current Status
January 10, 2009 NS Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia – USA Freedom at Work Avenger Active – January 2017

General characteristics

Class and type:
Displacement: 102,000 long tons (114,000 short tons)[3]
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement:
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480

Systems and Armament

Sensors and
processing systems:
  • SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • SPS-49A(V)1 2-D air search radar
  • SPQ-9B fire control radar
  • 2 × SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • SPN-41 instrument landing system radar
  • 3 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 3 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
  • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament:
Armor: 2.5 in (64 mm) Kevlar over vital spaces[5]
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

USS George Washington Description

Bush stretches 1,092 feet and displaces over 100,000 tons, making her one of the world’s largest warships (though she is slightly shorter than USS Enterprise). Her top speed exceeds 30 knots; powered with two nuclear reactors, she can operate for more than 20 years without refueling.

Several features differentiate CVN-77 from other ships in the Nimitz class.

Hull

New features include a bulbous bow design that provides more buoyancy to the forward end of the ship and improves hull efficiency, curved flight deck edges to reduce radar signature, a new underwater hull-coating system, deck covering modernized to reduce ship weight by 100 tons, low Solar Absorptive and Anti-Stain Paint, a less cluttered hangar bay, and a new propeller design.

Island

Placing the 700-ton island onto the ship’s flight deck in 2006

Bush is the second carrier to have a modernized island, which includes a new radar tower (enclosed to reduce radar signature), navigation system upgrades, communication systems enhancements, and transparent armor windows. The island is smaller and has been repositioned farther aft to improve flight deck access and reduce signature and electronic self-interference.

Air operations

New air operations design features include an updated aviation-fuel storage and distribution system, semi-automated refueling and servicing with new deck locations to provide faster, more efficient aircraft pit stops, requiring fewer people, modernized aircraft launch and recovery equipment, and redesigned jet blast deflectors.

Environmental

Environmental upgrades have also been designed into the ship, including a vacuum collection/marine sanitation device (VC/MSD), a new marine sewage system that uses fresh water in lieu of sea water for lower maintenance costs. Many older ships in the U.S. Navy utilize a gravity-driven collection holding and transfer (CHT) system to handle sewage waste. Newer U.S. Navy ships, including now CVN-77, collect sewage waste by vacuum, allowing for greater flexibility in piping installation, smaller pipe sizes overall and reducing water consumption. The collection tanks of Bush were modified to accommodate both the VCHT (Vacuum CHT) equipment and the elements of a marine sanitization device to treat the waste prior to discharge. Bush is the first and only aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy to combine the two technologies.

This new VC/MSD driven waste management system has, however, not been without problems. Reports began surfacing immediately after delivery in May 2009 of issues with the ship’s toilet system. As of November, 2011, the entire system has gone down at least twice, rendering all 423 commodes in the ship’s 130 heads inoperable, with many more incidents that have rendered either half of the ship, or sections of the ship, without operating sanitary facilities. In one ship-wide incident, a repair crew spent 35 non-stop hours attempting to return the system to working order. The system is said to suffer breakdowns when inappropriate materials such as feminine hygiene products are flushed down the toilets. During a four-month maintenance period in dock in 2012, anti-clog measures were installed in the ship’s toilet disposal systems.

Electronics and communications

New electronics and communications technology, space rearrangement, operational procedure changes, advanced sensor technologies and maintenance systems have been incorporated to reduce manning costs. A new zonal electrical distribution system will keep problems from affecting other parts of the ship. Automated material movement devices, semi-autonomous, gravity compensated weapons handling devices, damage control automation systems and components have also been installed. Medical and dental equipment have been upgraded, integrated display screens in Damage Control Central have been modernized to improve data integration and display, and equipment in general shops has been modernized to improve productivity.

The contract to build CVN-77 was awarded to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News on 26 January 2001. A naming ceremony was held on 9 December 2002 at Northrop Grumman Newport News, with Former President George H.W. Bush attending.[6][15] Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, presided at the ceremony.

Construction

The keel laying ceremony was held on 6 September 2003,[6] with Former President George H. W. Bush serving as the keynote speaker. Former First Lady Barbara Bush also attended with their daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, the ship’s sponsor. The former President authenticated the keel by chalking his initials onto a metal plate. His initials were then welded onto the plate, which was permanently affixed to the ship.

USS George H. W. Bush shortly after being released from dry dock for the first time

The ship was modularly constructed, where large sections are assembled and then lifted into place using a large crane. Major milestones in the construction include the bow placement in March 2005, followed by the island placement on 8 July 2006.[6] The 700-ton island was lifted onto the flight deck in a ceremony called “stepping the mast,” which dates from antiquity and consists of placing coins or other items of significance under the step or bottom of a ship’s mast during construction. Since at least the construction of USS Constitution in the 1790s, this tradition has been passed on as a symbol of good luck for U.S. Navy ships. George H. W. Bush participated in the event, placing his naval aviator wings underneath the island during the ceremony.

George H.W. Bush was christened on 7 October 2006. Former President George H. W. Bush attended the ceremony and became the first president in history to participate in the christening of his namesake ship. President George W. Bush also attended and honored his father during the ceremony as a special guest speaker. Other officials participating in the ceremony included Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter; Virginia Senators John Warner and George Allen, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen.

Other construction milestones included catapult system testing on the ship’s flight deck on 25 January 2008. Former President George H. W. Bush signaled the launch of two “dead loads” off the deck of the carrier. Dead loads are large, wheeled, steel vessels weighing up to 80,000 pounds, simulating the weight of actual aircraft.

On 11 August 2008, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) crew moved aboard the ship, the first meals were served in the galley, the U.S. flag was raised on the fantail for the first time, and the first watches were set. Bush left Northrop Grumman Ship Building for the first time on 23 December 2008, proceeding a few miles down river to Norfolk Naval Station.

Commissioning

Guests and U.S. Navy personnel at the commissioning ceremony on 10 January 2009

George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush depart the ship following the commissioning ceremony

USS George H.W. Bush was commissioned 10 January 2009 at Norfolk Naval Station prior to her official delivery to the Navy. 15,000 people were in attendance including veterans of the USS San Jacinto, the ship George Bush served on during World War II. President George W. Bush delivered the principal address, George H.W. Bush set the first watch, and ship’s sponsor Dorothy “Doro” Bush Koch gave the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” A GM-built Grumman TBM Avenger like the one then-Lieutenant junior grade George Bush flew in World War II performed a fly-over.

Northrop Grumman Corporation Builder’s sea trials were completed on 16 February 2009, providing an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. The trials included high-speed runs and a demonstration of the carrier’s other capabilities. Following builder’s trials, the ship underwent acceptance trials on 10 April 2009, conducted by representatives of the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey, to test and evaluate the ship’s systems and performance.

Delivery and shakedown

Bush was officially delivered to the Navy on 11 May 2009.

The first fixed-wing flights were conducted on 19 May 2009 when F/A-18 Super Hornets from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland began flight deck certification, which tests a carrier’s ability to conduct air operations.

On 26 May 2009, Former President George H.W. Bush and his daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, flew aboard the carrier to observe flight operations during the ship’s underway period in the Atlantic Ocean. USS George H.W. Bush successfully completed her first flight deck certification on that day.

Bush returned to Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard on 18 June 2009 for post-delivery maintenance work, also known as the ship’s post shakedown availability (PSA). A PSA is a typical availability in the early life of a carrier that allows the Navy and builder to resolve any items that came up during trials and delivery and make any last-minute changes and upgrades. Work includes the installation of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) handling system and a new fresh water purification system. Other changes include compartment reconfigurations, combat system and radar equipment upgrades, and minor repairs. The work was scheduled to last through early 2010.

First deployment

Bush (background) conducts an ordnance transfer with Harry S Truman off the East Coast in 2011

The ship was assigned to Carrier Strike Group Two for her first deployment. Under the command of Rear Admiral Nora Tyson, George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing Eight and the four ships of her group departed on her first deployment on 15 May 2011. They sailed across the Atlantic to Britain to participate in Exercise Saxon Warrior, held in the Western Approaches and culminating in a so-called ‘Thursday War‘.[26] She then moved towards Portsmouth, England on 27 May, anchoring adjacent to Stokes Bay through 31 May, because she was too large to enter the harbor, and the naval base did not have sufficient nuclear berths for the carrier to moor alongside.[26][27] The carrier arrived at Naples, Italy on 10 June 2011.[28]

The carrier returned to Norfolk on 10 December 2011, following a seven-month deployment supporting operations with the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th fleets.[29]

2012–2013 operations

George H.W. Bush undertakes carrier qualifications in the Atlantic in May 2013; an F/A-18F Super Hornet is on the catapult; another F/A-18F and an X-47B are parked forward of the island superstructure; two more F/A-18Fs and four C-2 Greyhounds are parked aft.

On 25 July 2012, George H.W. Bush began its four-month overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia, included scheduled short-term technical upgrades.[30] On 1 December 2012, George H.W. Bush completed its PIA maintenance cycle and began sea trials on 3 December 2012. After completing sea trials on 4 December 2012, the carrier started its training and qualification cycle in preparation for the group’s 2013 deployment.[31][32] During a two-week underway period beginning 14 January 2013, George H.W. Bush tested the MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft from squadron VMX-22 as a potential carrier on-board delivery aircraft as well as operating mine-sweeping MH-53E helicopters from squadron HM-14.[32][33]

An X-47B is catapulted from Bush in May 2013, the first time a UCAV had been launched from an aircraft carrier at sea, during carrier qualifications in the Atlantic

During another underway period, George H.W. Bush conducted at-sea tests for X-47B unmanned drone in the Atlantic Ocean, including the first time that an unmanned drone has been catapulted off an aircraft carrier on the morning of 14 May 2013 (pictured).[34] On 17 May 2013, another first was achieved when the X-47B performed touch-and-go landings and take-offs on the flight deck of Bush while underway in the Atlantic Ocean.[35] Also during this two-week underway period, the aircraft carrier tested a new torpedo self-defense system, as well as completed more than 115 launches and landings in assessing a new precision landing system, before returning to Norfolk on 24 May 2013.[36]

On 10 July 2013, an unmanned X-47B drone completed an arrested landing on the flight deck of George H.W. Bush. The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft had completed an arrested landing on board an aircraft carrier operating at sea.[37] The drone subsequently completed a second successful arrested landing on Bush, but it was diverted to the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after an issue was detected, requiring that a planned third landing to be aborted.[38] One of the drone’s three navigational sub-systems failed, which was identified by the other two sub-systems. The anomaly was indicated to the mission operator, who followed test plan procedures to abort the landing. The Navy stated that the aircraft’s detection of a problem demonstrated its reliability and ability to operate autonomously.[39] On 15 July 2013, in a fourth attempt, a X-47B drone failed to make a successful flight deck landing on board the vessel due to “technical issues.”[40]

2014

Bush transits the Straits of Gibraltar in February 2014.

In late February 2014, George H.W. Bush transited the Strait of Gibraltar on the way to a scheduled port stop in Piraeus, Greece, for a scheduled port visit.[41]

On 5 March 2014, George H.W. Bush arrived in southern Turkey, which is under 500 miles away from Crimea, amid developing tensions over Ukraine with Russia.[42] On 9 March 2014, the carrier entered port in Antalya, in southern Turkey.[43] Some news sources had speculated that the ship’s stay in the Mediterranean Sea would be extended as a result of the 2014 Crimean crisis, but this proved to not be the case with Carrier Strike Group 2 proceeding through the Suez Canal.[44]

Carl Vinson (foreground) relieves Bush as the 5th Fleet on station carrier in October 2014.

The carrier was transiting the Suez Canal on 18 March 2014. On 23 March 2014, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) officially turned over the watch to George H.W. Bush in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater security cooperation efforts.

On 14 June 2014, George H.W. Bush was ordered to the Persian Gulf to protect US interests in Iraq in light of the Islamic State takeover of several major cities in that country.

On 8 August 2014, two F/A-18F Super Hornets launched from the ship and conducted an airstrike on Islamic State artillery shelling the Kurdish city of Erbil.[45] The mission was launched in accordance with President Obama’s announcement on the evening of 7 August that the US would begin airstrikes to protect US personnel and the Yazidis in the region from ISIS attacks.

On 23 September 2014 F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing Eight launched from George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf to strike at specific targets in Syria such as command-and-control centers, training camps and weapons depots.[46]

On 15 November 2014, George H. W. Bush returned to her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia after a nine-month deployment.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Dyer, Geoff (2014). Another Great Day at Sea: Life aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 9780307911582.

Commissioning

George W. Bush & George H. W. Bush Attend Commissioning Ceremony of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush

Publisher: The Book Archive

Original video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKnXzjUf4N0

A transcription from the Commissioning speech is available here below for those who need it. Please keep in mind this is an automated transcription from Google – 100% accuracy is not to be expected. Thanks you for your understanding.
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9:14through tomorrow the relationship between
9:18warship more significant
9:21at all no here in their lives
9:25on the quality running and performance
9:29a lengthy period of time
9:33many long days followership christening imprint
9:37mine every L to call them all working towards
9:42ships Commission achieve
9:45today goals come to fruition today
9:50the heart genius efforts many
9:53to bring about this moment finally paid off ship that will make
9:59through and mark birthday on a walk
10:02turn more commissions morning
10:06who participated today
10:09ceremony came down upon them all nothing else compares
10:13your while you nuclear-powered carrier
10:17free the impact carrier
10:20school for no one ship rap
10:24world power rape
10:27remember in all rooms instructor forever make your nation
10:33crowd work now my grade
10:37honor by print to play in commission prep
10:43I hereby play
10:48the United stay here George HW Bush
10:52in commission may God bless and guy
10:56were here and all Hill
10:59and her
11:17thank you mister president
11:19thank you carry winter victim up
11:23boy the caller in the Commission panic yelling please direct your attention
11:33like the colors the commissioning and
11:36water the colors
11:40Nick II
12:05captain color very well
12:17that
12:18hip York hood Inc
12:21and I
12:39the cheap
12:39naval operation admiral your ear up
12:50present
12:51sector a gauge ladies and gentlemen
12:54and especially sailors
12:58United day ship george HW Bush
13:10today today have incredible
13:12work achieve an incredible work to be done
13:16this nuclear aircraft carrier
13:19AP sovereign American
13:22territory a cloning move all
13:26American base only have been built here
13:30by the power men and women or American shipbuilder
13:35and you are without fear the hard work
13:40and ingenuity the shipbuilder the engineer
13:43and the sign power above us today
13:47however while this day home in a camper stop
13:52it is just the beginning for sailors
13:55cool store and George HW Bush Campbell clarity
14:01take command of this ship to take on an awesome responsibility
14:06to the nation and do our future
14:09the standard that you said will lack
14:13very long time when you consider but the last commanding officer
14:19George HW Bush has not yet been born this great we’re here will be
14:28part neck fifty years American history
14:32he anti-war not of us can predict
14:38what the next fifty years whole and you would have expected
14:43when we commissioned the USS Kitty Hawk decades ago
14:47the aircraft carrier that hip replaced
14:50but it would go from donating
14:54300,000 gallons water the drought-stricken Hong Kong
14:58 launching carrier air strikes and
15:01Southeast Asia the participating
15:05in a contingency operation during the Iranian hostage crisis
15:09and striking your and two wars
15:13in the Middle East recently we have seen our carriers
15:17strike targets or in
15:20and similarly sure staging bases
15:24the Lord humanitarian relief operation
15:27ever undertaken the tsunami 2004
15:31and while we do not know exactly what the future hold
15:36we can be sure or you up
15:39george HW Bush will provide commanders
15:42she for the next by decades
15:46with option of to respond
15:49way that no other nation can cap
15:53learning the sailor ship today
15:57you bring light for this extraordinary ship your skill
16:01Your Enthusiasm your courage and your determination
16:06leadership to greatness set the bar very high
16:10so that everyone is always reaching for it your ship’s namesake
16:15and the nation expect nothing less thank you very much
16:28thank you
16:28up your remark your leadership
16:32ship company all
16:35hot I will now read my order
16:39from name personnel captain Kevin
16:42Larry United they Navy object Europe personnel owners number 35 38
16:4818 member 2008 upon commissioning
16:52United they hit george HW Bush TV and
16:55seventy 7 report for duty at commanding officer
16:58sign Matteo rear admiral United date Navy
17:02commander Navy personnel command ship company
17:06portrayed rap
17:09ladies and gentleman
17:13as many of you know our name thing with the 44th President of the United
17:17day left well remembered however
17:20incredible journey up not long after pearl harbor
17:25elected to postpone college then
17:28three-day fourth nineteen birthday became the nineteen
17:32the youngest naval aviator not 83
17:35urgent appeal 151 US mansion ago
17:39during world war 2 the battle the Philippine
17:42the one up the campaign larger air Val
17:46during a later mission September 1944
17:49again Japanese your installation playing with here
17:52by anti-aircraft fire by
17:56damage be completed attack then never mile
17:59out the before bailing out rescued by the bring you a
18:04that in back you later returned participated
18:08for the combat operation with water and with rotated
18:11home having completed 58 combat mission
18:15earning thing with flying crop and 3
18:18airmail you remain serving until the end of the war
18:22bien he then entered Yale University
18:25graduating short two and a half years later in 1948
18:29having captained Yale University baseball game
18:33and playing in the first two College World Series and drink business upon
18:37returned attack you later remember the house represented
18:41at you at the map the united nation director
18:45Central Intelligence and ronald reagan by
18:49right ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege
18:53intruded the Honorable your Herbert Walker Bush
19:33although here
19:34cap great how lucky we are to be were given no
19:43Navy man reminiscing being here in
19:47their money take me back the five-year
19:50another shipyard
19:54up the US said
19:57like care which roommate very
20:01with today and I are preparing to serve in World War two
20:06big with this like phyllis diller
20:10when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order
20:13and i’m glad to be here and a few memory
20:18that ever 1943
20:22now for form during help
20:28painter barber here right New York
20:31should come down ceremony with my mother
20:35that week mater and public we’ve done a pretty good job keeping our room at
20:42but by that point there courtship
20:45German Japanese the only people nowhere
20:49marry the other members
20:53Spurs commissioning fact that i won
20:57and Jack by part the biggest
21:01or anything else ever say 660 feet long
21:06and 120 II cap
21:09figure 2b your net this really cannot compare
21:14almost twice 4.5 acre landing
21:18our up story I’m
21:23featured my grand particular
21:27really like that’s right on word her mindboggling
21:31 1400 help
21:35for all up heard
21:38however for all state-of-the-art technology
21:41safety environmental features most important element finally be
21:47form men and women thoroughbred
21:50voting mailer for sitting out there
21:55five years ago preparing to serve aboard
21:58with right up there with red
22:02started my neighbor a aviation
22:05where all our I don’t know if I could
22:10you prepared I do know
22:14you take with hopes dream
22:17every American Karen treatment you take with the
22:22undying respect and admiration entire
22:25just a few moments I would pick art
22:29helping that for what CVN 70
22:32and from that moment on I’m
22:35officially retired many many years you are forming unbroken line
22:41Patriots protecting American character
22:45someone that what remembered
22:49I know you
22:52fine covered parade particularly in the night
22:55 back vendors start
22:58 Matt creation
23:02 bear witness sir
23:12 make no mistake
23:15 work aboard be routinely sometime
23:20 dangers freedom in only be
23:24 help you will make everyday
23:29 you thank you for your service
23:33 like everyone may God bless
23:37 men and women sale

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USS Carl Vinson CVN-70