The tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the U.S. Navy, the USS George H.W. Bush, departed on its maiden deployment from her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia this week. The George H.W. Bush, and its nearly 6,000 sailors, will deploy as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Construction on the USS George H.W. Bush began in 2001 at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, at a cost of $6.2 billion and was completed in 2009.
The George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).