An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).
This post has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).
The U.S. Navy’s chief shipbuilder told Congress the service plans to reshuffle $7 billion in funds to refuel and maintain the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). The fate of the carrier was an open question at the start of the year due to ongoing military funding pressures.
USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo
In the U.S. Navy’s perfect world, the service will reach its goal of a 306-ship fleet by 2020, according to the service’s latest 30-year long-range shipbuilding report, submitted to Congress on July 1 and obtained by USNI News on Monday. Read More
Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on May 28, 2014. US Navy Photo
The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2015 defense appropriations bill which limits the number of Ticonderoga class cruisers the Navy can lay up as well as includes funds for long lead items for the midlife refueling of carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), according to a version of the bill released on Tuesday. Read More
Two EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 to the flight deck. on USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on May 31, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is taking steps to preserve the Boeing EA-18G Growler production line, modernize the entire fleet of Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers and keeping the option open to refuel the carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in its version of the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Read More
USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated an amendment that would restrict money to fund a complex refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) offered by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.)and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) had passed. That amendment did not pass in the final House version of Fiscal Year 2015 defense bill. USNI News regrets the error.
House lawmakers preserved a legislative effort to keep the USS George Washington (CVN-73) to fund the start the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 defense bill. Read More
USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship early Thursday morning. US Navy Photo
House defense lawmakers soundly rejected proposed Pentagon cuts to a number of big-ticket weapons programs in their version of the department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget blueprint. Read More
Sailors man the rails aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka in December 2013. US Navy Photo
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will withhold money from the Pentagon unless the Secretary of Defense obligates funding to refuel the carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), according to language in the HASC’s Seapower and Projections Forces Committee’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill. Read More
USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo
The Pentagon’s delay in deciding whether to scrap or refuel nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will add almost a year of delay in refueling if the Department of Defense decides to keep the carrier, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo
The head of the U.S. Navy decided to cut an unfunded request to Congress to start purchasing long lead items for the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to better align with budget planning over the next five years, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrote in a March, 31 letter addressed to Congress and obtained by USNI News.
USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo
The headline and post have been updated to reflect comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
A $796 million line item that would go toward the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) was removed from the Navy’s unfunded requirements list, several sources confirmed to USNI News.