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Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman

Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman February 28, 2019

U.S. Navy intends to retire its nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the next decade. The ship was supposed to undergo a Refuelling & Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in 2024. The service plans to skip that in order to save money. The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons.

The on-board nuclear reactor will then be allowed to run down. This will keep the aircraft carrier in service between mid to late 2020s.

Truman entered service in 1998 and was built to serve for 50 years, but like all nuclear carriers, it requires regular maintenance, periodic upgrades, and a major overhaul at mid-life when its reactor core runs out of uranium. The ship was scheduled to go into the Newport News shipyard in 2024 for a mid-life RCOH ending in 2028.

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