After a four year, 2.5 billion dollar pit stop, the USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER is back at sea.
They did more than change right side tires and add a half-pound of wedge, though.
The overhaul included the reconstruction of the ship’s island, the installation of a new antenna mast and new radar tower, an upgrade and modernization of combat and communication systems, and overhaul of the ship’s hull, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the refueling of its two nuclear reactors, the Navy said.
That splash of gas will last the EISENHOWER 25 years. It’s the only time she’ll ever be refueled.
UPDATE: A commenter thinks I’m jumping the gun when I say that’s the only time the EISENHOWER will ever be refueled. Upon reflection, I think he’s right. Though this is the only planned refueling for the ship over her projected lifespan, who knows how long she’ll actually end up serving?
I stand corrected.