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George Washington is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier commissioned in 1992. Though built in Virginia, her new home is in Japan.

Service History

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 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVN-73 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-73 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1986 - AUG 1986 Keel Date: 25 August 1986
at Newport News Ship Bulding and Dry Dock
JUL 1992 - JUL 1992 Commisioning
JAN 1994 - DEC 1994 Mediterranean
MAY 1994 - NOV 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1995 - JAN 1998 Desert Storm
JAN 1996 - JUL 1996 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1997 - APR 1998 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2000 - DEC 2000 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2002 - DEC 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2002 - DEC 2002 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2003 - JAN 2007 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2004 - JUL 2004 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2004 - JUL 2004 Mediterranean
APR 2008 - SEP 2008 Cape Horn
MAY 2008 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 2008 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 2008 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 2008 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 2010 - NOV 2010 West Pac
JUL 2010 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUL 2010 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 2011 - NOV 2011 West Pac
JUL 2011 - Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 2011 - Pacific Ocean

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