Recap of Bush Tour
On Monday, December 17, 2018 several SAME members enjoyed a tour of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). They toured the hanger bay, flight deck, bridge, and the George H.W. Bush ship’s museum. The ship is a Nimitz Class nuclear aircraft carrier built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Company and was commissioned on January 10, 2009. 47,000 tons of structural steel and about a million pounds of aluminum make up this behemoth. The top speed exceeds 30 knots (34.5 mph) using four 21-feet diameter bronze screws (propellers) powered by two nuclear reactors. The ship carries over 80 combat aircraft and approximately 6,000 personnel. The ship towers 20 stories above the waterline with a 4.5-acre flight deck. Being 1,092 feet long, the ship is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. The USS George H.W. Bush is named after the 41st President of the United States, who was also a naval aviator during World War II. She cost $6.2 billion.