USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH 
CVN 77
  
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The 10th and last of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers is named in honor of World War II naval aviator and 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush.

July 8, 2006 Ships 700-ton island superstructure is placed on the flight deck, completing the last of 162 super lift evolutions scheduled during the construction of the tenth and last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.

Some of the new advanced technologies and designs incorporated into CVN 77 will transition to the newest class of aircraft carriers, CVN 21. The advancements include a new automated JP-5 fuel system with an improved fuel filtration system; an enhanced radio automation center; a composite mast that will reduce topside weight up to 5 tons and decrease the number of electromagnetic blockages; a new marine sewage system and new propellers.

October 7, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) George H.W. Bush was christened during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, Va. Capt. Kevin O'Flaherty is the prospective commanding officer.

December 19, 2008 CVN 77 is 97 percent complete and should be finished by the end of March 2009. The $6.3 billion ship was originally scheduled for completion in April 2008, but Northrop Grumman has delayed it three times. The aircraft carrier will be given the status "In Commission, Special" on Jan. 10. This allows it to take the name USS George H.W. Bush but means the Navy still won't "own" it yet. This is not the first time a ship has been commissioned before delivery. It has happened with 15 previous ships, the most recent being the Los Angeles-class submarine Chicago, in 1986.

December 23, PCU George H.W. Bush was moved from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News to Norfolk Naval Station.

January 10, 2009 USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station's Pier 14.

February 13, The Bush departed Norfolk for sea trials, a couple of weeks later than originally planned.

February 25, Capt. DeWolfe H. Miller, III relieved Capt. Kevin E. O’Flaherty as CO of USS George H.W. Bush during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

April 7, CVN 77 departed homeport for acceptance trials, the final underway before the Navy take over the ship.

May 11, After several weeks delays, cause of unidentified material in the lube-oil systems of two of the carrier's emergency diesel generators, U.S. Navy took delivery of the George H.W. Bush in an afternoon ceremony.

May 19, USS George H.W. Bush reached another milestone when an F/A-18F Super Hornet, from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, became the first aircraft to be catapulted from the ship's flight deck at 3:03 p.m. local time.

May 29, The U.S. Navy's newest aricraft carrier sucssesfully completed its first flight deck certification on May 26.

June 4, CVN 77 is currently conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the East Coast.

June 19, USS George H.W. Bush pulled into Newport News shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA)/Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) that will include the installation of a new fresh water purification system, combat system and radar upgrades.

January 29, 2010 The George H.W. Bush returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a two-day sea trials completing the seven-month maintenance period.

February 2, The Bush departed homeport for flight deck certification and CQ with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8.

February 27, CVN 77 is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean supporting fleet training operations.

March 10, USS George H.W. Bush arrived in Naval Station Mayport to pick up supplies and personnel to support carrier qualifications off the coast of Florida.

March 25, The aircraft carrier returned to Norfolk from its first assessment with the Board of Inspection and Survey.

April 8, USS George H.W. Bush returned to homeport after a routine training off the East Coast.

April 19, The Bush is currently conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.

May 1, CVN 77 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

May 20, USS George H.W. Bush is currently conducting CQ with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 off the East Coast.

June 9, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier recently departed Norfolk for training operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

June 23, USS George H.W. Bush successfully fired two Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow missiles and two Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) for the first time, to conclude its first Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

July 17, The Bush is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Naval Aviation Training Command carrier qualifications with Training Air Wings One and Two.

July 29, Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson relieved Capt. Jeffrey Hesterman as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the George H.W. Bush at Norfolk Naval Station.

August 12, Vice Adm. Daniel P. Holloway relieved Vice Adm. Melvin G. Williams Jr. as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, and Director, Joint Operations From the Sea Centre of Excellence, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 77.

August 20, USS George H.W. Bush is currently conducting FRS-CQ in the Atlantic Ocean.

September 3, The Bush conducted ammunition onload with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USNS Robert E. Perry (T-AKE 5), off the East Coast from Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, in preparation for its maiden deployment next year.

September 10, The last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is underway in the Atlantic Ocean for routine training.

September 21, USS George H.W. Bush departed Norfolk Naval Station for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ). CVN 77 permanently embarked its strike group, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, for the first time Sept. 20.

October 4, The Bush departed homeport to begin its Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP).

October 28, USS George H.W. Bush, along with USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57), successfully sank the former U.S. Navy re-supply ship USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10), during a sinking exercise (SINKEX), Oct. 26-27.

December 1, CVN 77 departed Norfolk for a fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications.

December 3, The rigid hull inflatable boat from the Bush provided assistance, early morning, to a catamaran "Shangri-La", that run out of fuel and lost its sail, about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

December 9, USS George H.W. Bush departed Mayport Naval Station after a brief port call.

December 11, The aircraft carrier is currently conducting CQ with the training squadrons.

December 15, The Bush was diverted late Wednesday, just before pulling into homeport, to assist an injured sailor aboard a Navy submarine operating in the Atlantic Ocean. The sailor had a head injury and the last reported medical assessment was that he "appears stable." USS Booone (FFG 28) was also ordered to assist.

December 16, The sailor was transfered to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, by an MH-60S "Knighthawk" assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, for evaluation and possible further treatment. The SH-60B "Seahawk" from HSL-42 provided surface surveillance and search and rescue support during the medical evacuation. CVN 77 returned to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 17.

January 19, 2011 USS George H.W. Bush CSG departed Naval Station Norfolk for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

February 9, Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Bernhard relieved Cmdr. Thomas M. Neill as CO of the "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

February 11, The George H.W. Bush pulled into Mayport Naval Station for a three-day port call after completing the COMPTUEX.

March 17, Capt. Brian E. Luther relieved Capt. DeWolfe H. Miller III as CO of the Bush during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Norfolk.

March 21, CVN 77 departed homeport for routine training operations off the East Coast.

April 7, USS George H.W. Bush recently returned to Norfolk after conducting carrier qualifications for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM).

May 11, USS George H.W. Bush departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. This is also the first deployment of Boeing EA-18G Growler, assigned to "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, aboard the aircraft carrier.

May 20, The Bush CSG is currently participating in a British navy-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 2011, off the coast of Wales and South West England, May 19-26.

May 27, USS George H.W. Bush anchored in the Solent strait for a four-day visit to Portsmouth, England.

June 6, CVN 77 anchored off the coast of Cartagena, Spain, for a three-day port call.

June 11, The George H.W. Bush anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a three-day port visit.

June 21, USS George H.W. Bush entered the Gulf of Aden after transiting Bab el-Mandeb Strait, reliving the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) on station in the Central Command AoO.

July 10, The Bush moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day visit to Manama.

July 18, Capt. Daniel W. Dwyer, Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F/A-18A+ assigned to the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87. Aircraft from CVW-8 recently launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

July 19, Cmdr. Karl Pugh, CO of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, was relieved of command following non-judicial punishment proceedings for an alcohol-related incident on July 12. XO Cmdr. Michael J. Miller is new commanding officer of the "Shadowhawks".

August 1, Capt. Jeffrey A. Davis, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F/A-18F assigned to the "Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213.

August 31, USS George H.W. Bush arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port visit to Dubai.

September 17, Cmdr. Scott S. Troyer relieved Cmdr. Christopher T. Petrock as CO of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

October 14, The Bush departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day port call.

November 20, USS George H.W. Bush CSG transited Suez Canal after completing operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 conducted more than 2,200 combat sorties in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

November 25, CVN 77 arrived in Marseille, France, for a four-day port visit.

December 8, The Carrier Strike Group pulled into Naval Station Mayport for a brief port call to pick up more than 1200 "Tigers" and to disembark the crew members of the "Spartans" of Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 70.

December 10, USS George H.W. Bush CSG returned to Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

January 12, 2012 Rear Adm. Gregory M. Nosal relieved Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Bush at Naval Station Norfolk.

January 24, USS George H.W. Bush departed homeport to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ)

February 4, The last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed again for CQ for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM).

March 1, USS George H.W. Bush completed a two-day magnetic deperming at Lambert Point Magnetic Treatment Facility.

March 12, CVN 77 departed Naval Station Norfolk for FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications and ammunition off-load.

March 20, An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22, landed for the first time aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier, while conducting test operations with USS George H.W. Bush, in the Atlantic Ocean.

April 21, The George H.W. Bush departed Norfolk for an 18-day underway to conduct CQ with the FRS and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, ammo offload and testing with the MV-22 Osprey and SA-330J Puma aircraft.

May 2, The Bush conducted ammunition off-load with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), off the East Coast, April 28-30.

June 10, CVN 77 hosted the ship’s namesake, former President George H.W. Bush, and his son, former President George W. Bush, for a promotion and reenlistment ceremony off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine. The aircraft carrier is currently underway for routine training in preparation for the upcoming inspections and certifications.

June 18, USS George H.W. Bush departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-week underway to conduct Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-8 and Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM).

July 9, The 10th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area.

July 25, USS George H.W. Bush entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., for a four-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

December 4, The GHWB returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-day sea trials.

January 7, 2013 CVN 77 departed homeport for an 11-day underway to conduct flight deck certification, CVW-1/FRS CQ and ammo onload with the USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12).

January 24, USS George H.W. Bush departed Norfolk for a 15-day underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ), and testing with the MV-22 Osprey from VMX-22.

March 1, Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino relieved Rear Adm. Gregory M. Nosal as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the George H.W. Bush.

March 18, The Bush departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-day underway to conduct routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

March 19, USS George H.W. Bush conducted at-sea testing and data collection of Rapid Prototype Torpedo Warning System (TWS) and Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo (CAT) system, for the first time aboard the aircraft carrier, with the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 415's Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) team.

April 16, USS George H.W. Bush departed Norfolk for a 13-day underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM/CVW-8 Carrier Qualifications (CQ).

May 14, An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) was launched from the George H.W. Bush, off the coast of Virginia, in a first-ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from a modern aircraft carrier. Controlled by a mission operator aboard the ship, the X-47B executed several carrier approaches demonstrating its ability to operate seamlessly within the carrier environment before it landed back at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., where two demonstration aircraft have resided for the past year; Commenced touch and go landing operations on May 17.

May 24, USS George H.W. Bush returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a 12-day underway in the VACAPES Op. Area. The ship also tested a new torpedo self defense system and completed more than 115 launches and landings in assessing a precision landing system; Underway for a Training Command (TRACOM) CQ from June 4-12.

June 20, Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle relieved Capt. Brian E. Luther as the 4th CO of CVN 77 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Norfolk.

June 21, Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker relieved Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 77.

July 8, USS George H.W. Bush departed homeport to conduct routine training and the first carrier arrested landing of an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator, off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday; Returned to Norfolk on July 16; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from July 30- Aug. 23; Underway for routine training from Aug. 26-31, Sept. 24-30 and Nov. 12-15.

November 20, The George H.W. Bush CSG departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 29-day underway to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

From December 16-18, the aircraft from CVW-8 conducted live bombing runs at the Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range in Ocala National Forest, Florida. The purpose of the training was to give the air crews an opportunity to practice dropping live ordnance at the range.

February 15, 2014 USS George H.W. Bush departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

February 17, Rear Adm. DeFolfe H. Miller, III relieved Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 77.

February 27, The George H.W. Bush CSG entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

March 4, USS George H.W. Bush anchored in Phaleron Bay for a three-day port visit to Piraeus and Athens, Greece; Anchored off Antalya, Turkey, from March 9-12; Conducted a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the FS Cassard (D614) on March 13.

March 19, The GHWB Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal; Conducted turnover with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50 in the Gulf of Aden on March 22.

March 26, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, from the station in the North Arabian Sea.

March 31, USS George H.W. Bush participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) with the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), SPS Cristobal Colon (F 105) and ITS Francesco Mimbelli (D561). Transited Strait of Hormuz northbound on April 20.

April 22, CVN 77 moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a five-day port call. Departed Arabian Gulf on April 28.

May 24, USS George H.W. Bush pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai. Departed Arabian Gulf on May 29.

June 9, Cmdr. Christopher C. Jason relieved Cmdr. Aron F. Buckles as CO of the "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony in the North Arabian Sea.

June 14, The George H.W. Bush CSG transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound after U.S. Defense Secretary Charles T. Hagel ordered the Strike Group to enter Arabian Gulf for any possible military options in Iraq, after Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgents took several major cities, in the last five days, threatening to move south to the capital of Baghdad.

June 18, Airman Collin Kohlhepp was seriously injured after his leg was caught under the wheel of a jet while being towed on the carrier's flight deck.

June 19, Aircraft from CVW-8 launched its first combat sorties on missions over Iraq.

July 11, Capt. Robert W. Bodvake relieved Capt. Kenneth A. Long as Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Bush in the NAG.

August 2, USS George H.W. Bush moored at Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.

August 18, Two U.S. Army AH-64E Apaches, assigned to the 3-159th Aviation Regiment, 12th CAB, landed for the first time aboard the CVN 77 during a training exercise, while the carrier was underway in the North Arabian Gulf.

August 22, Cmdr. Ted C. Ricciardella relieved Cmdr. Clarke F. Craine as CO of the "Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

September 6, USS George H.W. Bush pulled again into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a three-day port visit.

September 18, Cmdr. Timothy D. Muller relieved Cmdr. Nicholas D. Good as CO of the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.