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for a 3-day test
BY MICHAEL STOWE
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
ABOARD THE GEORGE WASHINGTON -
All was quiet aboard the carrier George
Washington yesterday as the 97,000-ton
war machine cruised toward Norfolk Na-
val Base and the end of its three-day test
The 2,800 crew members walked
through training exercises, chatted with
co-workers and enjoyed a sunny day on
the ship's flight deck. It was a relaxed
atmosphere, to say the least.
"We are just taking our baby out for a
test mn, just like a new car," said Capt.
Mal Branch, executive officer of the ship.
All that will change july 20, however,
when more than 80 airplanes make a
roaring arrival on the deck of the 33.5
"It's going to be hectic -- a lot louder
and a much higher pace," said Mark
Persutti, who will oversee operations on
the flight deck.
Among the planes that will be taking
off and landing on the 4.5-acre fiight deck
are FKA-18C Hornets, F-14B Tomcats,
E-2C Hawkeyes, S-3B Vikings and A-6E
Intruders. Persutti and other crew mem-
bers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of
' "Commissioning is fun, but it's a pain
111 -the butt," Persutti said. "Our biggest
pride is when we are actually opera-
With sweat trickling down his face as
he cleaned the threads of a jet blast
deflector, Patrick Beckley agreed.
Once we get some planes in here,
then things will get moving," said Beck-
ley, who works in the ship's launch and
recovery section. "I can't wait, that's
what we live and die for."
Although he was 20 feet away, Donald
Long heard his co-worker talking and
couldn't contain his enthusiasm.
"july 20, that's the day, baby," he
yelled. "Sleep is going to be nil, but it'll
be worth it."
Once the carrier is operational, flight
deck personnel will work about 20 hours
a day, said Lt. Jeff Gradeck, public affairs
officer for the ship.
The Navy's sixth Nimitz-class carrier
formally was delivered Monday by the
Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry
Dock Co. The ship will remain in the
Norfolk port until its commissioning July
4. About 20,000 people are expected to
attend the ceremony. .
The nuclear-powered carrier, which
can travel more than 1 million miles
before refueling, is different in several
ways from other Nimitz-class ships.
Instead of using traditional "Navy
green" colors, its rafters and passage-
ways are painted shiny white.
"We feel that it opens up space and
gives a feeling of a larger room," said
Capt. Robert M. Nutwell, the ship's com-
The Navy's largest warship is 244 feet
high - the equivalent of a 24-story
building. The vessel can travel at more
than 45 mph and its air-conditioning
plant can cool the equivalent of 2,000
homes. Each of its two anchors weighs
30 tons, and the ship has more than
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