George Washington is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier commissioned in 1992. Though built in Virginia, her new home is in Japan.
George Washington was christianed by former First Lady Barbara Bush and participated in the 50th anniversary festivities for D-Day. She was deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996 during Operation Decisive Endeavor. She also participated in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, enforcing a No Fly Zone in both operations.
GW was deployed several times to the Persian Gulf, playing a key role in the U.S. military missions. She assisted in US Maritime Interception Operations and diverted tens of thousands of tons of oil.
In 2001, she returned to port for several upgrades to her systems and architecture. Following this upgrade, she sailed to New York and spent three days assisting with airspace defense over the city in response to the 9/11 attacks.
In 2002, she deployed to the Persian Gulf again to participate in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom. She has also participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve.
In 2005, GW began preparations to move to Japan. In 2008, all upgrades were made and she set sail from the East Coast. En route, she suffered severe damage in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil when fire occurred in her air conditioning/refrigeration space and boiler room, caused by nearby smoking in an unauthorized area. After repairs were made, she finally set sail for her new home in Japan.
CVN-73 General Specifications
Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 104200 tons
Length: 1092 feet
Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne
Draft: 37 ft
Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts
Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.
Flank Speed: over 30 knots
Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service
Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted
Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted