George HW Bush Joins US Navy

13 May 2009 (Last Updated May 13th, 2009 18:30)

The US Navy received its most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George HW Bush (CVN 77), from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding on 11 May. The 1,092ft-long, 97,000t ship can carry more than 80 combat aircraft with top speed exceeding 30kt. It is powered by t

The US Navy received its most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George HW Bush (CVN 77), from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding on 11 May.

The 1,092ft-long, 97,000t ship can carry more than 80 combat aircraft with top speed exceeding 30kt.

It is powered by two nuclear reactors that enable it to operate without refuelling for 20 years.

The carrier boasts advanced features such as new propellers, a new underwater hull-coating system, an updated aviation-fuel distribution system and modernised aircraft launch and recovery equipment that reduces the lifecycle cost of the ship.

George HW Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz Class aircraft carrier in the US.

It was commissioned on 10 January 2009 and is sponsored by daughter of former President George HW Bush.