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USS John C. Stennis heads to Newport News Shipbuilding for mid-life overhaul

On Thursday, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived at the shipyard to begin its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sarah Mead
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk as it transits to Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) for Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News, Virginia, May 6, 2021.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — One of the Navy's aircraft carriers will temporarily be calling Newport News Shipbuilding its home.

On Thursday, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived at the shipyard to begin its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).

During its time at the shipyard, workers will perform hull and freeboard blast and paint, repair its propellers, sea chests, shafts, and rudders, and also defuel and refuel its power plant.

The Stennis is the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major mid-life availability.

Work on the Stennis is expected to be complete by late 2025. Afterward, the aircraft carrier should be ready for another 25 years of service.