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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) pulls out into the James River to begin three days of sea trials. Carl Vinson is completing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Jun. 28, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) pulls out into the James River to begin three days of sea trials. Carl Vinson is completing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. 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 Vinson's nuclear fuel has been replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and ready for another 25 years or more of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Rowe/Released)

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