Aircraft carriers heading to shipyards

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Two of the Navy's aircraft carriers will be heading to local shipyards to undergo upgrades and renovations.

The USS George Washington (CVN-73) will leave Norfolk Naval Station on Friday for Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. The Navy says it will then spend the next 48 months undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul, which will give the nuclear-powered vessel numerous upgrades and modernizations to all of its systems. Improvements will be made to the ship's living and working spaces, as well.

When completed, the George Washington will return to service for an expected 25 more years.

Meanwhile on Saturday, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) will move to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth to begin a six-month Planned Incremental Availability, which will improve the ship's mechanical and electrical systems.

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