USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea – USS George Washington (CVN
73) departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, May 12 to conduct sea
trials in preparation for the ship's next patrol.
George Washington sailed from its Truman Bay pier into open waters
to begin a certification process that will ensure the ship, its
equipment and crew are ready for extended periods at sea.
"We're ready to execute sea trials," said Capt. David A. Lausman,
George Washington's commanding officer. "This is an all hands
evolution and we have the most professional Sailors who thrive on
'by the book with the book open' operations. They will execute the
After working alongside craftsmen from the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard and Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka to complete routine
maintenance to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Sailors will now
put the ship through a series of tests before going underway.
"This is an exciting day," said Cmdr. Wes McCall, George
Washington's navigator. "It's been six months since we were last
underway so it's great to be heading back out where we belong."
Before leaving port, crew members participated in two simulated days
at sea to begin the testing period and to get in the right mind set
for the anticipated patrol. In 2011, George Washington safely
navigated 55,000 nautical miles across the western Pacific.
Sea trials will test every system, every procedure and every piece
of equipment. Tests will include opening and closing hangar bay
doors, raising and lowering aircraft elevators, testing internal and
external communication systems, as well completing each department's
unique check-off list to ensure mission readiness.
"This is an important time for us," said Chief Warrant Officer Chris
Sullivan. "It's our time to prepare and make sure all our equipment
is 100% ready to support the ship's mission."
George Washington's permanently-forward presence and mission
enhances security and stability throughout the Western Pacific by
working with our allies and regional partners on a wide range of
issues and responding to any tasking across the operational spectrum
George Washington is the flagship of the George Washington Strike