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USS George H. W. Bush CVN 77

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USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and last Nimitz class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for former President George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II. George H. W. Bush is to be the final Nimitz class aircraft carrier constructed; the next carrier built will be Gerald R. Ford, the first of a new class.

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CVN 77


Laid Down: 6 Sep 2003

Launched: 9 Oct 2006

Construction began in 2001 by the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, at a cost of $4.5 billion. The aircraft carrier was christened on 7 October 2006, and delivery is set for 2008. She is scheduled to be commissioned in 2009.



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She is the second United States aircraft carrier to be named after a naval aviator (Forrestal was the first). Other naval vessels named for aviators include frigates McClusky and Thach, and destroyer Massey, all named for aviators who commanded formations in the Battle of Midway. While still a Nimitz class ship, George H. W. Bush differs significantly from her predecessors, even more so than the differences between CVN 68–70 and CVN 71–76.

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General characteristics

Class and type:

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier


Approximately 97,000 short tons (88,000 MT) full load


Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)

Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)


Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)

Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)


Maximum navigational: 37 ft (11.3 m)

Limit: 41 ft (12.5 m)


2 Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors

4 steam turbines

4 shafts

260,000 shp (194 MW)


30+ knots (56+ km/h)


Essentially unlimited


Ship's company: 3,200

Air wing: 2,480

Sensors and

processing systems:

SPS-48E 3-D air search radar

SPS-49A(V)1 2-D air search radar

Mk 23 target acquisition radar

2 SPN-46 air traffic control radars

SPN-43B air traffic control radar

SPN-44 landing aid radars

3 Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems

3 Mk 95 radars

Electronic warfare

and decoys:

SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite

SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures


2 Mk 29 ESSM launcher

2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile



Aircraft carried:

90 fixed wing and helicopters

Source: Wikipedia

Related Links

George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Offical Site

Northrop Grumman

NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive

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PCU George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) move from Dry Dock 12 to OB1, October 9, 2006. Northrop Grumman Newport News photo by Ricky Thompson.

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PCU George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) afloat, October 9, 2006. Northrop Grumman Newport News photo by Chris Oxley.

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