NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is scheduled to complete its 20-month dry dock period May 21, when it undocks from dry dock 11 and moves to a pier side location at Newport News Shipbuilding for completion of the aircraft carrier's Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
Water first touched the hull of the ship May 16, when the shipyard flooded the dock to allow testing of critical ship's systems as undocking preparations continued. When the ship becomes fully afloat on the day of undocking, the short transit to the pier will be Theodore Roosevelt's first underway since it entered the shipyard in August 2009.
Since entering the shipyard, TR's shafts, propellers, rudders, anchors, and catapults and arresting gear machinery have been replaced or refurbished to ensure another 25 or more years of the ship's service life.
"Team Theodore Roosevelt has shown exemplary dedication in preparing this ship for its return to the water," said Capt. Billy Hart, USS Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer. "As we rebuild TR space by space and restore function to every system, Sailors will shape the ship to serve the nation for 25 more years to come."
Up to this point in the ship's RCOH, TR Sailors have completed more than 4,500 individual refurbishing and rehabilitation tasks expending more than 1.15 million man-hours of labor, according to TR Chief Engineer Cmdr. Gunter Braun.
"This is the largest delegation of work to ship's personnel for the RCOH to date," said Braun.
When Theodore Roosevelt is pier side, the Sailors and Newport News Shipbuilding employees will shift their sights to preparing the ship for crew move aboard scheduled for next year with the ultimate goal of returning to operational status.
Theodore Roosevelt is currently undergoing its scheduled mid-life RCOH at Newport News shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. During the 39-month maintenance period, TR's fuel will be replenished and significant upgrades will be made to the ship's combat and communication systems to extend the ship's service life for 25 or more years. All Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through RCOH near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
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