(August 11, 2015) USS George Washington (CVN-73) transits the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro

USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the sixth carrier in the Nimitz-class and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named after George Washington, the first president of the United States.

“Spirit of Freedom”

Namesake: George Washington 1st President of the United States
Class: Nimitz-class Aircraft Carrier
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co. in VA
Flagship: Carrier Strike Group 9
Cost: $4.726 billion (2010 dollars)
Laid Down: 25 August 1986
Christened by: Barbara Bush
Commissioned: 4 July 1992
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Spirit of Freedom
Nicknames: GW
Status: active service
Displacement: 104,200 long tons
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 M)
Propulsion: 2 x Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+km/h; 35+mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement: Ships Company: 3,532 Airwing: 2,480
Sensors & processing systems: AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar, AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar, AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radar, AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar, AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars, 4 x Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems, 4 x Mk 95 radars