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
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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