Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant milestone today on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
(CVN 70) with the installation of the ship's rudders.
The carrier is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at the company's Newport News sector, the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers
. An important aspect of this availability includes removing, refurbishing and reinstalling the ship's two rudders.
The rudders weigh approximately 50 tons each and are used to
steer the ship from right to left. During refurbishment, the rudders
were inspected, cleaned, painted and re-installed on the ship. Work
began shortly after the ship arrived on Nov. 11, 2005 and took about 10
months to complete.
The USS Carl Vinson is undergoing its refueling and complex
overhaul at Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. The project is
scheduled to last more than three years and will be the ship's one and
only refueling and complex overhaul in a 50-year life span. Vinson is
the third ship of the Nimitz class to undergo this major life-cycle