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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON   (CVN-73)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - November - Golf - Whiskey

CLASS - NIMITZ
Displacement 91,300 Tons, Dimensions, 1088' (oa) x 134' x 37' 8" (Max)
Armament 3 Sea Sparrow-SAM, Starting with CVN-70 4 20mm CIWS, 90 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 260,000 SHP; 2 Westinghouse (A4W) Reactors Driving Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 35+ Knots, Crew 5617.

Operational and Building Data

 Built by Newport News. Laid down 25 Aug 1986, launched 21 July 1990, commissioned 4 July 1992.

Status:   Active, In Commission. Forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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CVN-73 is named after George Washington (1732-1799), 1st President of the United States of America (1789-1797).

George Washington is known for his greatness as a general and as the nation's first President. "And it may be truly said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great." (Thomas Jefferson about George Washington, 1814.)

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Construction, 1986 – 1992
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117k Overhead, great detail of deck area, Newport News trials photo. © Newport News Shipbuilding
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1992 – 2000
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Official US Navy photograph of three Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carriers underway in the VACAPES OPAREA in (20–22) July 1992. Foreground to background: USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

CDR C.M. Hunt, Jr., Medical Corps, USN (Ret.), first anesthesiologist assigned to USS George Washington, recalls: "I was on the CVN-73 flight deck during this 'photo op' from one of GW's helicopters. The test & evaluation aircraft used for GW's first-ever, just-completed flight deck certification period had just launched, to return to NAS Patuxent River. Abruptly, the Theodore Roosevelt and the Dwight D. Eisenhower appeared, such was their speed, having raced out from NAVSTA NORF to meet us in the Virginia Capes Operating Area. Don't believe the published speeds for these Nimitz-class vessels; they're understated! The wind strength across the deck was such that I had difficulty in standing, even with a 45-degree lean into the wind! The three 'Presidents' remained in this high-speed formation for almost an hour, before TR & Ike returned to NORF."

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128k Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) pulling into Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1993. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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92k Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) during a RAS (Replenishment At Sea) operation, circa the mid-1990s, location unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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99k Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) steaming in formation with her Battle Group and an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) during her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, May 20–November 17, 1994. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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124k Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aboard, during her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, May 20–November 17, 1994. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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128k Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aboard, during her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, May 20–November 17, 1994. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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130k Planes of Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) fly by USS George Washington (CVN-73) during the ship's maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, May 20–November 17, 1994. Official US Navy photograph. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
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Believed to have been taken during the ship's second deployment, January 26-July 23, 1996.

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With her crew manning the rails, USS George Washington (CVN-73) heads out to sea on January 26, 1996, at the commencement of a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean. USS George Washington, commanded by CAPT Malcolm P. Branch, would be operating in the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO peace keeping Operation Joint Endeavor. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Craig McClure (# 960126-N-6442M-002).

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The U.S. Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the Nimitz-class USS George Washington (CVN-73) (right), as she refuels the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) while transiting the Atlantic Ocean on January 30, 1996. This marked the first time the Stout came alongside an aircraft carrier for underway replenishment.

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) refuels the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55), while transiting the Atlantic Ocean during Operation Joint Endeavor, 30 January 1996. U.S. Navy photo by: PH1 Chris Vickers (DVIC id.: DD-SD-99-03460).

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USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS America (CV-66) and ammunition ship USS Mount Baker (AE-34) in the Mediterranean Sea, 1996. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) breaks away from USS America (CV-66) for operations in the Adriatic Sea, following turnover operations in the Mediterranean. George Washington, commanded by US Navy Captain Malcolm P. Branch, assumed duties as part of Battle Force Sixth Fleet, while America prepared her return to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, following a highly successful six-month deployment that included operations in the Adriatic in support of NATO peace Operation Joint Endeavor. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Chris Vickers, 11 February 1996 [960211-N-2381V-004].

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The fleet oiler USS Merrimack (AO-179) (center) provides fuel to guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) (left) and aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) (right) during replenishment at sea operations in the Persian Gulf on April 29, 1996. The three U.S. Navy ships were deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jim Vidrine, U.S. Navy (photo # 960429-N-7340V-001).

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Underway in the Persian Gulf, 1996.

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In the Med, 1996.

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) at Corfu, Greece during her 1996 Med Cruise. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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F-14B Tomcats assigned to VF-143 "Pukin' Dogs" with USS George Washington (CVN-73) in the background. Med Cruise, 1996. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN-756) surfaces in the North Arabian Sea while the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) cruises in the background on May 9, 1996. The George Washington and her battle group were operating in the Persian Gulf where they conducted air patrols in support of Operation Southern Watch, the U.S. and coalition enforcement of the no-fly-zone over Southern Iraq. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jim Vidrine, U.S. Navy (# 960509-N-7340V-001).

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127k The Western Mediterranean Sea, July 11, 1996 — The U.S. Navyís nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) and destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) conduct replenishment at sea operations. Both vessels were nearing the completion of a scheduled six-month deployment. George Washingtonís Battle Group had sustained operations in support of the NATO-led peace keeping efforts in Bosnia under Operation Decisive Endeavor in the Adriatic Sea, and UN sponsored sanctions against Iraq, under Operation Southern Watch in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Vidrine. [960711-N-7340V-001]. USN
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Virginia Governor George Allen (center white vest) launches the final A-6E Intruder aircraft from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73), 22 July 1996. Piloted by US Navy Captain Kolin M. Jan, Commander Carrier Air Wing Seven, Attack Squadron Three Four (VA-34), the aircraft was the last to launch from the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier after completing a successful six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. This was the final deployment for VA-34 flying the historic Intruder aircraft. The squadron would begin training on the F/A-18C Hornet aircraft, and after completing their transition they would re-join the fleet as Strike Fighter Squadron Three Four (VFA-34). Photo by PH3 Kris White, USN (# 960722-N-4989W-002). Available from DefenseImagery.mil, id. DN-SD-02-00569.

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172k USS George Washington (CVN-73), with her crew manning the rails, pulls into pier 11 north at Norfolk Naval Base, March 8, 1997. Commanded by CAPT Malcolm P. Branch, George Washington was returning from post-shipyard sea trials. U.S. Navy Photo By Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Vickers (# 970308-N-2381V-001). Bill Gonyo
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The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) cruises through the eastern Mediterranean, 13 November 1997. George Washington and her embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) were proceeding to the Persian Gulf to support UN efforts to compel Iraqi compliance with UN resolutions. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Robert Catalano [971113-N-0210C-001].

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Crew members walk the 4½-acre (1.82 hectares) flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73) watching the view as the ship transits the Suez Canal, 16 November 1997. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, along with USS Normandy (CG-60), USS Annapolis (SSN-760), and USS Seattle (AOE-3) transited the canal enroute to the Persian Gulf in response to rising tensions between the United Nations and Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Third Class Joseph Hendricks (#971116-N-2302H-004).

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163k USS George Washington enroute to the Persian Gulf, on 19 November 1997. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Second Class Robert Catalano [971119-N-0210C-004]. EWCS Jack Carey

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November 23, 1997 — The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) (left) comes alongside USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in the Arabian Gulf. With both carriers and their embarked air wings in the Gulf, the U.S. had some 100 strike aircraft operating in the region. The George Washington had joined Nimitz in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the UN "No-Fly Zone" over southern Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Robert Catalano. [971123-N-0210C-003].

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36k An S-3B Viking attached to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Two (VS-32) flies over the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Jan. 11, 1998. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) were operating in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Brian Fleske (# 980111-N-0507F-002). Alex Tatchin
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March 12, 1998 — USS George Washington (CVN-73) (foreground) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) steam side-by-side in the Persian Gulf. This was the first deployment for John C. Stennis which relieved George Washington in enforcement of the "No-Fly Zone" under Operation Southern Watch. George Washington then returned to her homeport in Norfolk, Va., after spending six months deployed to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Brian Fleske (# 980312-N-0507F-002).

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Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 8, 1999 — USS George Washington (CVN-73) enters Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The aircraft carrier was participating in Broward Navy Days Fleet Week '99. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Brian Fleske (# 991004-N-0507F-005).

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The Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 2, 2000 — USS George Washington (CVN-73) tests her countermeasure washdown system during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) drill. George Washington was conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Robert Catalano. [000202-N-0210C-001].

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The Atlantic Ocean, Mar. 6, 2000 — The guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) steams off after refueling from USS George Washington (CVN-73) in the Atlantic Ocean. The Norfolk, Va.-based warships were preparing to conduct a Composite Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Third Class (AW) Brian Fleske (# 000306-N-0506F-003).

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The Mediterranean Sea, July 12, 2000 — An SH-60 Seahawk helicopter of the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron One Five (HS-15) flies by USS George Washington (CVN-73). The carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing One Seven (CVW-17) were operating in the Mediterranean Sea on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lisa Marcus (# 000712-N-3962M-003).

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An E-2C Hawkeye, from the Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) 125 "Tiger Tails," launches from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73), 19 July 2000, during Operation Southern Watch. Photo by PH2 Shane McCoy, USN (# 000719-N-6967M-501).

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An SH-60 Seahawk attached to the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron One Five (HS-15) conducts anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training near USS George Washington (CVN-73) in the Persian Gulf, July 25, 2000 in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lisa Marcus (# 000725-N-3962M-003).

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The Persian Gulf, Aug. 1, 2000 — USS George Washington (CVN-73) is met by a tug as she pulls into Jebel Ali, part of the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, for a scheduled port visit. The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates or states. George Washington was operating in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lisa Marcus (# 000801-N-3962M-001).

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An U.S. Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat assigned to Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) "Jolly Rogers" launches from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73), while the ship was underway in the Persian Gulf, conducting operations in support of Operation Southern Watch, 3 September 2000. Photo by PH2 Shane McCoy, USN (# 000903-N-6967M-501).

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The Persian Gulf, Sep. 24, 2000 — USS George Washington (CVN-73) underway in the Persian Gulf while on a scheduled six-month deployment to the area in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lisa Marcus (# 000924-N-3962M-001).

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An F/A-18 Hornet from the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Four (VFA-34) launches from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73) as the flight deck crew works around a second Hornet (from VFA-81 "Sunliners") October 2, 2000. The aircraft carrier was operating in the Mediterranean Sea during a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johnnie Robbins (# 001002-N-5024R-002).

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Patches
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St. Maarten — Antigua
... Miles Away from Ordinary Deployments."
Gerd Matthes, Germany
"Welcome Aboard"
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