The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) is set to undergo an Extended Carrier Incremental Availability.

The carrier joins USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for the maintenance programme.

CVN 77 is expected to conclude the availability in the next few months.

Prior to the ship’s arrival, the shipyard commenced work at the naval station by offloading the air wing, moving trailers onboard, performing ship checks, and making access cuts.

US Navy deputy project superintendent lieutenant Nic Twisselman said: “The project team has been extremely flexible and resilient.

“We have seen numerous changes over a very short period of time and everyone has worked diligently and steadfast to ensure that NNSY supports Truman and the fleet, especially taking into account that Truman just returned from a deployment of seven months.”

Under the US Navy’s Surge Maintenance (SurgeMain) programme, 140 reserve sailors have been deployed to the NNSY to support its projects until September 2021.

Last month, NNSY returned to full operations with its civilian workforce returning from leave due to the virus.

NNSY also has other deliverables, including completion of USS Wyoming’s (SSBN 742) Engineered Refueling Overhaul and undocking USS Bush and USS San Francisco (SSN 711).

SurgeMain national director captain Michael MacLellan said: “Our sailors are electricians, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, plumbers, hydraulic technicians, mechanics, machinists, carpenters, welders and more.

“Many of our people have prior experience at the shipyard where they’re being sent, right down to the specific shop where they will be working alongside the shipyard’s organic civilian workforce.”