WASHINGTON (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) successfully completed refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) Aug. 29.
The ship marked its return to the fleet after four days of sea trials which tested the ship's crew and systems.
Roosevelt began its RCOH Aug. 26, 2009. More than 24 million man-hours of work were conducted onboard the ship, including refueling the reactors, upgrading ship's infrastructure and modernizing combat systems and air wing capabilities to increase combat effectiveness. The revitalization enables the ship to carry out the remaining 23 years of its 50-year service life.
"Each RCOH is a milestone in the history of the ship and the Navy," said Capt. John Markowicz, program manager for In-Service Aircraft Carriers. "Our government and industry team is redelivering carriers their crews can be proud to serve aboard."
Roosevelt is the fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to complete RCOH at Huntington-Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. Roosevelt is homeported at Norfolk Naval Station and will now conduct local operations and begin its flight deck certification.
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