U.S. Aircraft Carriers Stopped over in Hong Kong
The “George • Washington” aircraft carrier groups of U.S. Navy docked at Hong Kong Waters to get supply and rest and recuperation on 29th Oct., which was the first time that it had stopped over in Hong Kong.
The Commander David Lauschmann claimed in the brief news conference that they would like to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese Navy in antipiracy and Maritime Search and Rescue. As introduced, there were over 5500 officers and ratings coming with the “George • Washington” aircraft carrier groups, and they would stay in Hong Kong for 4 or 5 days.
Since 1992, the “George • Washington” started service in the sea, which belongs to the largest “Nimitz” class CVN. With a length of 333 meters and a width of 77 meters, it’s able to admit more than 5,500 crews and load displacement of 97,000 tons.
About USS George Washington (CVN-73)
USS George Washington (CVN 73) is the sixth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, and the fourth United States Navy ship to be named after George Washington, first President of the United States. She was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and was commissioned July 4, 1992.
Previously homeported in Norfolk, VA, in May, 2008, the carrier was en route to its new homeport in Japan when it suffered a serious fire off the coast of South America causing $70 million in damages and resulting in the relief from command of both its Captain and Executive Officer. The George Washington underwent repairs in San Diego, CA, shortly after the blaze, and finally arrived in Yokosuka on September 24, 2008 to a mixture of cheers and protests from the local populace.
George Washington (commonly known as GW) is 1,092 ft (333 m) long, 257 ft (78 m) wide and is as high as a twenty-four-story building, at 244 feet (74 m). The super carrier can accommodate approximately 80 aircraft and has a flight deck 4.5 acres (18,000 m²) in size, using four elevators that are 3,880 ft² (360 m²) each to move planes between the flight deck and the hangar bay. With a combat load, GW displaces almost 97,000 tons and can accommodate 6,250 crewmembers. Her four distilling units can make 400,000 U.S. gallons (1,500 m³) of potable water a day; her food service divisions serve 18,000 meals per day. There are over 2,500 compartments on board requiring 2,520 tons (2.1 MW) of air conditioning capacity (enough to cool over 2,000 homes). The warship uses two Mark II stockless anchors that weigh 30 tons each, with each link of the anchor chain weighing 360 pounds (160 kg). She is currently equipped with 2 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts and 2 Sea Sparrow SAM launchers. 1 CIWS and 1 Sea Sparrow mount were removed to make way for 2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, installed during the 2005 Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).
Traditionally, US Navy aircraft carrier hangar bays were painted “Navy Gray”; George Washington was commissioned with her hangar bay bulkheads and overhead painted white, to make the hangar bay appear larger and brighter. Since then, all US carriers have followed suit. All US Navy aircraft carriers have their hull number painted on both sides of their island structure for identification. These numbers are lighted white for visibility at night while in port. By order of Congress, George Washington’s island number is outlined in red, white and blue lights in honor of her namesake’s contributions to America’s independence. General Washington had long been a proponent of a strong Navy. On November 15, 1781 he wrote, Without a decisive Naval force, we can do nothing decisive. And with it, everything honourable and decisive. These words are engraved on a plaque on the ship’s quarterdeck. The ship cost over $4.5 billion in 2007 dollars to manufacture.
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