Feb 6, 2009
Carrier sea trials delayed
The Daily Press reports that the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush "has yet to depart for its first set of sea trials, marking yet another delay in the yet-to-be delivered $6.26 billion Newport News-built ship."
According to the story "operational testing to prepare the ship for trials revealed 'discrepancies' that the Navy required to be resolved before allowing the carrier's force to begin an intense training period called 'fast cruise' which readies sailors to take the Bush to sea."
The Bush is the first Navy carrier to be commissioned before it was delivered.
"Labor shortages, as well as late delivery of key ship components and other materials, have pushed the ship's delivery back nearly a year from original projections," says The Daily Press.
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