Unexpected problem delays USS George H. W. Bush deployment

USS George H. W. Bush deployment on Feb. 15, 2014. (WAVY/Pat Dowd)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An unexpected problem on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush interfered with Saturday’s scheduled deployment, causing it to leave four and a half hours late.

The delayed departure was, in part, caused by recent cold weather. The Carrier Strike Group 2 commander said tiny marine animals broke loose from the river bottom and got into the ship’s hull. Crew members had to clear clogged condensers.

Photos: 5,000+ Sailors deploy from Norfolk

USS George H.W. Bush’s 5,000 Sailors are headed to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean. The guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun also left Naval Station Norfolk as part of the strike group. They will be joined by ships from Mayport, Florida.

The USS Arleigh Burke also began an eight-month independent deployment Saturday supporting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

USS George H. W. Bush has had problems before. A few years ago, the ship experienced widespread toilet outages. At times, there was not one working toilet on the entire ship.

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