Four years to the day after being towed and pushed across Hampton Roads, the mighty USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Base Norfolk Aug. 29, fresh from four days of sea trials that capped the most comprehensive overhaul the ship will ever have.
TR is now back from a $2.622 billion Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at the Newport News Shipbuilding yard of Huntington Ingalls Industries. And – unlike the previous three carriers who went through the RCOH process – no follow-on shipyard work is planned, all “emergent” work having been included in the main overhaul.
The RCOH, carried out at the midway point in a carrier’s planned 50-year service life, is expected to keep the ship running another 23 years, according to the US Navy.
Roosevelt, who returned to Norfolk from her last deployment in April 2009, will now begin the long workup process to return the ship’s crew to full combat proficiency.
USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at the Newport News shipyard in late March to begin her RCOH, scheduled to be completed in November 2016.
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