The USS Theodore Roosevelt was redelivered to the Navy on Thursday after successful sea trials that tested the ship’s systems after its refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding.
“The ship’s refueling and modernization was an enormous undertaking made successful by the joint efforts of the shipyard, Navy and government team,” said Chris Miner, NNS’ vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs. “Her strong performance during sea trials is a source of pride for the 4,000 shipbuilders who worked tirelessly to return Roosevelt to the Navy’s operational fleet today.”
The refueling and complex overhaul process happens once during a ship’s 50-year lifetime and involves upgrades to nearly every space and system on the ship.
Tanks, the hull, shafting, propellers, rudders, piping, ventilation, electrical, combat and aviation support systems were repaired, upgraded and modernized. Work also included defueling and refueling the ship’s two nuclear reactors and repairs and upgrades to the propulsion plant.
The project took four years.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived at NNS in March and is currently undergoing her RCOH.