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Early last month, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived at Newport News Shipbuilding for her Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). Watch more below [above]!
[The foreground is the carrier's deck cluttered up with "moving day" stuff.]
The top drydock in this image is the one they used.
USS John C. Stennis came from Naval Station Norfolk so it basically just went across the James River.
Since the coal dock south of here is served by CSX/C&O, that would be the railroad that also serves this facility.
"Newport News Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, employs roughly 26,000 workers, according to a company fact sheet. The company designs, builds and refuels nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines." [apnews] The comment about submarines surprised me. I read just today that Electric Boat was the only company building our subs. And that was my understanding.
The company laid off 314 salaried employees and reduced the level of 120 managers. No one in the United Steelworkers Local 8888 was affected. [apnews]
Aerial view of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, taken in October 2018. Newport News is one of two U.S. shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines, and is the design agent and hull planning yard for the Los Angeles-class and Seawolf-class attack submarines. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII
I wish they offered a higher resolution version of this photo because it shows two aircraft carriers being worked on.
We are teaming with Electric Boat to build the nest generation of SSBN.
"Building on the success of the Virginia-class submarine program, NNS and EB will build 12 Columbia-class submarines between 2021 and 2039 with EB as the prime contractor. NNS will participate in the design and will manufacture major Columbia-class assemblies and modules, including the bow, stern, auxiliary machinery room, superstructure and weapons modules."
Ford Class Aircraft Carriers
John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is the second Ford class carrier
And the Enterprise (CFN 80) will the the third.
John C. Stennis is CVN 74.
It is a snug fit, and some of the cranes are not very useful because they can't get past the overhang. This is probably one of the reasons they have the big gantry crane.
And this is why the notch was added at the end of this drydock.
This article first appeared on towns-and-nature.blogspot.com
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