The christening of the USS George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier last month marked the commissioning of the U.S. Navy’s tenth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Set to deploy in the year 2010, the Carrier will protect America

at sea for a projected 50 years. Equipped with the most innovative technologies, epoxy lining and other corrosion control methods will allow extended, uninterrupted periods of deployment and will minimize down time during shipyard maintenance.

The Aircraft Carrier’s Collection, Hold and Transfer (CHT) System, comprised of 800 lf of 4-in. drain pipe, was completely coated with a layer of corrosion-preventive epoxy to eliminate the need for time-consuming and expensive bulkhead exposure repairs that previously had to be made while the Carrier was in dry dock. This pre-emptive practice is now standard procedure prior to commissioning new aircraft carriers and is part of the U.S. Navy’s annual $2.4 billion dollar fight against rust and corrosion.

Epoxy lining of naval vessels’ piping systems began in 1988 with the USS America by American Pipe Lining Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nu Flow Companies. The USS George H.W. Bush is the most recent of 39 aircraft carrier and naval vessels epoxy-lined by Nu Flow technicians since 1988 with the U.S. Navy’s patented ‘702 epoxy lining system.

Beginning Feb. 19, televised broadcasts will air of Extreme Engineering, Biggest Warship and Mega-Carrier: The Construction of the USS George H.W. Bush, Episode 1. For broadcast times, please visit http://dhd.discovery.com/tv-schedules and http://military.discovery.com/tv-schedules

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