Carrier USS Harry Truman On Sea Trials Following 10-Month Availability

July 21, 2017 4:05 PM
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2016. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Harry Truman (CVN-75) is back at sea after ten months in the yard for a planned maintenance availability, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard announced on Friday.

The Planned Incremental Availability ended one day earlier than planned, according to the project superintendent Mike Jennings said in the statement.

The work package – originally planned for eight months – was extended to accommodate additional work, the service told USNI News in January.

“The number one goal for this ship over the last year was making it better than when it arrived here,” said ship’s Capt. Ryan B. Scholl. “This excitement, enthusiasm and teamwork is what propelled us out of the shipyard. Truman is ready to tackle the next stage of doing what carriers do – conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea.”

The upgrade installed the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) assets and the Navy’s next generation tactical afloat network. Other work included 4,500 reactor items.

“Additionally, maintenance and refurbishments were made to shipboard systems in preparation for future operations, including rehabilitating 90,000 square feet of Truman’s hangar bay, 7,000 square feet of its flight deck combing and scuppers, and 10,000 square feet of catwalk,” read the statement.

“Refurbishments to crew living spaces included the rehabilitation of 12 berthing spaces, 10 heads and the preservation of 963 decks over the course of 309,000 man hours.”

availability, which began in September, followed an unexpected deployment swap with USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2015. A 14-month availability Eisenhower extended into 24 months. The swap cut short Truman’s last major availability and deferred several work packages to the most recent repair period.

Eisenhower is set to start its own PIA in August.


Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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