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USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the James River en route to a pier-side dock after completing an 18-month dry dock period.
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (May 9, 2007) - USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the James River en route to a pier-side dock after completing an 18-month dry dock period at Northrop Grumman Newport News. Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle. During RCOH Carl Vinsons nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ships services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Myriam Padilla (RELEASED)

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