Aircraft Carrier

CVN 77  -  USS George H. W. Bush

 

 

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Type, Class:

 

Aircraft Carrier (CVN); nuclear propulsion; Nimitz - class;

10th and final unit in this class

Builder:

 

Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN), Newport News, Virginia, USA

(now Huntington Ingalls Industries)

STATUS:

 

Awarded: January 26, 2001

Laid down: May 19, 2003

Launched: October 9, 2006

Commissioned: January 10, 2009

IN SERVICE (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake:

 

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - ), 41st President of the USA

Ship's Motto:

 

FREEDOM AT WORK

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO >> Aircraft Carrier / Nimitz - class

History:

 

! for ship & namesake history go to the bottom of this page !

 

Deployments:

 

May 2009 with Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) - shakedown cruise

May 2011 - December 2011 with Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) - Mediterranean Sea / Arabian Gulf

February 2014 - ?? with Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) - Mediterranean Sea / 5th Fleet AOR

 

 

ship images

 

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Antalya, Turkey - March 2014

 

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with CVW-8 embarked - Strait of Gibraltar - February 2014

 

with CVW-8 embarked - Strait of Gibraltar - February 2014

 

with CVW-8 embarked - Strait of Gibraltar - February 2014

 

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

 

with CVW-8 embarked - Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

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 with CVW-8 embarked - Atlantic Ocean - November 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - November 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - November 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - August 2013

 

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea.

July 2013 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

 

 

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea.

July 2013 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

Atlantic Ocean - May 2013

 

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), marking the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed a touch and go landing at sea.

May 2013 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

 

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), marking the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed a touch and go landing at sea.

May 2013 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

May 2013

 

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS)

 

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck - May 2013

 

January 2013

 

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77, 2nd) with other carriers - Norfolk, Virginia - December 2012

 

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2012

 

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Norfolk, Virginia - July 2012

 

Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

 

Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

 

Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

 

Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

 

Atlantic Ocean - January 2012

 

Arabian Sea - November 2011

 

Arabian Gulf - July 2011

 

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Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

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Naples, Italy - June 2011

 

Naples, Italy - June 2011

 

Mediterranean Sea - June 2011

 

Mediterranean Sea - June 2011

 

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Cartagena, Spain - June 2011

 

Cartagena, Spain - June 2011

 

June 2011

 

May 2011

 

Portsmouth, U.K. - May 2011

 

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with CVW-8 embarked - Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

 

Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

 

March 2011

 

February 2011

 

January 2011

 

January 2011

 

January 2011

 

January 2011

 

Norfolk, Virginia - January 2011

 

Norfolk, Virginia - January 2011

 

December 2010

 

December 2010

 

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

 

October 2010

 

aircraft of CVW-8 in the hangar bay - October 2010

 

October 2010

 

October 2010

 

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October 2010

 

aircraft of CVW-8 in the hangar bay - October 2010

 

June 2010

 

aircraft of CVW-8 aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - May 2010

 

various training aircraft in the hangar bay aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - April 2010

 

Mayport, Florida - March 2010

 

March 2010

 

March 2010

 

February 2010

 

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February 2010

 

February 2010

 

February 2010

 

February 2010

 

January 2010

 

January 2010

 

January 2010

 

January 2010

 

June 2009

 

April 2009

 

April 2009

 

April 2009

 

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commissioning ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - January 10, 2009

 

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commissioning ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - January 10, 2009

 

commissioning ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - January 10, 2009

 

commissioning ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - January 10, 2009

 

commissioning ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - January 10, 2009

 

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christening ceremony - Newport News, Virginia - October 7, 2006

 

flooding the drydock - September 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - September 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - September 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

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under construction - September 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

placing the island in position - July 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

placing the island in position - July 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

island upper levels montage - March 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - March 2006 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - March 2005 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - March 2005 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - December 2004 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

under construction - January 2004 (Northrop Grumman photo via NNS)

 

 

Carl Vinson

George H. W. Bush (June 12, 1924 - ):

 

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Dorothy Walker Bush and Prescott Bush (Republican Senator Connecticut 1952-1962). Mr. Bush graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts on his 18th birthday, June 12, 1942. That same day, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class. Receiving his wings and commission in June 1943 while still 18 years old, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time.

On active duty from August 1942 to September 1945 during World War II, Mr. Bush flew torpedo bombers off the USS San Jacinto. On September 2, 1944, Mr. Bush's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire while making a bombing run over the Bonin Island of Chichi Jima, 600 miles south of Japan. Although the plane was afire and severely damaged, he completed his strafing run on the targeted Japanese installation before flying towards sea to bail out. Mr. Bush was able to bail out successfully and was rescued by a Navy submarine, the USS Finback. Tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his courageous service in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

On January 6, 1945, Mr. Bush married Barbara Pierce of Rye, New York. Today they are the parents of five children: George, John (Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy Bush Koch. Their second child, Robin, died of leukemia in 1953. The Bushes have 14 grandchildren.

Following World War II, Mr. Bush entered Yale University, where he pursued a degree in economics and served as captain of the varsity baseball team. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1948.

After his graduation, George and Barbara Bush moved to Texas, where he worked as an oil field supply salesman for Dresser Industries. In 1951, he co-founded a small royalty firm, The Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company. Two years later he co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation. In 1954, at the age of 30, he became co-founder and president of a third firm, Zapata Off-Shore. Zapata pioneered in experimental offshore drilling equipment.

Following an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 1964, Mr. Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966 from Texas' 7th District. One of the few freshman members of Congress ever elected to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, he was reelected to the House two years later without opposition. Mr. Bush lost a second campaign for the Senate in 1970.

During the 1970's, Mr. Bush held a number of important leadership positions. In 1971, he was named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He served there until 1973, when he became Chairman of the Republican National Committee. In October 1974, Mr. Bush traveled to Peking, where he served as Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office during the critical period when the United States was renewing ties with the People's Republic of China. In 1976, Mr. Bush was appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is given credit for strengthening the intelligence community and helping to restore morale at the CIA while Director of the agency.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan selected George Bush to be his running mate. On January 20, 1981, Mr. Bush was sworn in for the first of two terms as Vice President. In that office, Mr. Bush coordinated Administration efforts to combat international terrorism and wage the international war on drugs. Vice President Bush also piloted a task force on regulatory relief, aimed at reducing government and increasing American competitiveness.

In 1988, George Bush became his Party's nominee and the American people's choice to be the 41st President of the United States.

President Bush's leadership proved critical to the resolution of some of the most daunting conflicts of our time. After 40 years of superpower stalemate, historic events became almost commonplace: The fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany; the end of the Cold War and the flowering of democracy in Eastern Europe; the emergence of a new partnership with Russia, anchored by the historic arms reduction treaties, START I and START II -- the first-ever agreements to dismantle and destroy strategic weapons since the advent of the nuclear age.

On the international economic front, President Bush sought to seize new opportunities through a policy of free trade, pushing to lower trade restrictions and tariff barriers in the GATT talks. In the hemisphere, President Bush's free trade efforts culminated in the Enterprise for the Americas initiative and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

With the passing of the Cold War came new challenges. Seeking to demonstrate the post-Cold War possibilities for collective security, President Bush marshaled a 30 nation coalition to oppose Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Desert Storm stands as a testament to Presidential leadership -- and American resolve in an uncertain and often dangerous world.

On the domestic scene, the Bush Administration pushed new ideas for educational reform, home ownership, and environmental protection. The Americans with Disabilities Act paved new ground for aiding the disadvantaged, and the revision of the Clean Air Act was deemed to be the most significant environmental legislation ever passed.

The President and Mrs. Bush are residents of Houston, Texas, and serve on the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Hospital. They are members of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where President Bush was a former vestryman. He is currently on the board of the Episcopal Church Foundation and serves on the vestry of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine.

 

 

  

in Naval Service - 1940’s

 

1976 as CIA director

 

President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush - 1981

 

Presidential Inauguration - 1989

 

2003

 

2008

 

2010

 

with President Barack Obama - 2010

 

 

History:

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77):

 

Delivery and shakedown:


Bush was officially delivered to the Navy on 11 May 2009.

The first fixed-wing flights were conducted on 19 May 2009 when F/A-18 Super Hornets from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland began flight deck certification, which tests a carrier's ability to conduct air operations. On 26 May 2009, Former President George H.W. Bush and his daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, flew aboard the carrier to observe flight operations during the ship's underway period in the Atlantic Ocean. USS George H.W. Bush successfully completed her first flight deck certification on that day.

Bush returned to Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard on 18 June 2009 for post-delivery maintenance work, also known as the ship's post shakedown availability (PSA). A PSA is a typical availability in the early life of a carrier that allows the Navy and builder to resolve any items that came up during trials and delivery and make any last-minute changes and upgrades. Work includes the installation of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) handling system and a new fresh water purification system. Other changes include compartment reconfigurations, combat system and radar equipment upgrades, and minor repairs. The work was scheduled to last through early 2010.


First deployment:


The ship was assigned to Carrier Strike Group Two for her first deployment. Under the command of Rear Admiral Nora Tyson, George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing Eight and the four ships of her group departed on her first deployment on 15 May 2011. They sailed across the Atlantic to Britain to participate in Exercise Saxon Warrior, held in the Western Approaches and culminating in a so-called 'Thursday War'. She then moved towards Portsmouth, England on 27 May, anchoring adjacent to Stokes Bay through 31 May, because she was too large to enter the harbor, and the naval base did not have sufficient nuclear berths for the carrier to moor alongside. The carrier arrived at Naples, Italy on 10 June 2011.

On 23 August 2011, she made her 20,000th arrested fixed wing aircraft recovery (landing) while operating in the Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom flight operations. This milestone was accomplished by LCDR Chris R. Swanson who was flying an E-2C Hawkeye Airborne early warning and control aircraft assigned to VAW-124 (Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124).

The carrier returned to Norfolk on 10 December 2011, following a seven-month deployment supporting operations with the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th fleets.


2012 - 2014 operations:

On 25 July 2012, George H.W. Bush began its four-month overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia, included scheduled short-term technical upgrades. On 1 December 2012, the George H.W. Bush completed its PIA maintenance cycle and began sea trials on 3 December 2012. After completing sea trials on 4 December 2012, the George H.W. Bush started its training and qualification cycle in preparation for the group's 2013 deployment. During a two-week underway period beginning 14 January 2012, the Bush tested the MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft from squadron VMX-22 as a potential carrier on-board delivery aircraft as well as operating mine-sweeping MH-53E helicopters from squadron HM-14.

During another underway period, the George H.W. Bush conducted at-sea tests for X-47B unmanned drone in the Atlantic Ocean, including the first time that an unmanned drone has been catapulted off an aircraft carrier on the morning of 14 May 2013 (pictured). On 17 May 2013, another first was achieved when the X-47B performed touch-and-go landings and take-offs on the flight deck of the Bush while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Also during this two-week underway period, the Bush tested a new torpedo self-defense system, as well as completed more than 115 launches and landings in assessing a new precision landing system, before returning to Norfolk on 24 May 2013.

On 10 July 2013, an unmanned X-47B drone completed an arrested landing on the flight deck of the George H.W. Bush. The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft had completed an arrested landing on board an aircraft carrier operating at sea. The drone subsequently completed a second successful arrested landing on the Bush, but it was diverted to the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after an issue was detected, requiring that a planned third landing to be aborted. One of the drone's three navigational sub-systems failed, which was identified by the other two sub-systems. The anomaly was indicated to the mission operator, who followed test plan procedures to abort the landing. The Navy stated that the aircraft's detection of a problem demonstrated its reliability and ability to operate autonomously. On 15 July 2013, in a fourth attempt, a X-47B drone failed to make a successful flight deck landing on board the George H.W. Bush due to "technical issues."

In early March 2014, the George H.W. Bush arrived in Piraeus, Greece, for a scheduled port visit.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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