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Propulsion Maintenance Delays US Aircraft Carrier

Sep. 26, 2013 - 04:23PM   |  
By MARK. D. FARAM   |   Comments
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The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt leaves Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Va., in August after a four-year midlife overhaul. The ship's next underway period will be delayed as three more weeks of maintenance have been slotted for its propulsion system. (MC1 Davis Anderson / US Navy)
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The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt’s has delayed a scheduled underway period in order to complete required maintenance to its propulsion plant — a delay that’s unrelated to a four-year midlife overhaul the flattop completed last month, a Navy spokesperson said.

“This is life-cycle maintenance that had to be done anyway and isn’t related to any work completed during the [refueling and complex overhaul],” Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic, said Thursday. “The decision was made to do the maintenance now and not later, and that resulted in pushing back their next at sea period until sometime in October.”

The maintenance, Kafka said, would take about 20 days to complete. He wouldn’t elaborate on specific repairs, but he said they weren’t related to an engineering plant casualty, nor were they required to get the ship underway.

The carrier officially returned to the fleet Aug. 29 after its four-year refueling and complex overhaul, or RCOH — a scheduled extended maintenance period completed by all carriers.

Since returning to the fleet, the ship has done two at sea periods. The first was a four-day shakedown after the overhaul; the second, which included the carrier’s first underway replenishment and catching and shooting since the overhaul, wrapped up Sept. 20.

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