USS Washington leaves Japan, heads toward Newport News

USS George Washington leaves the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo Monday, May 18, 2015. The U.S. Navy's Japan-based aircraft carrier is heading home after seven years, to be replaced by a newer version of the same ship in the fall. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The USS George Washington has left Japan to begin a year-and-a-half long voyage home to Newport News, where the aircraft carrier was built about 25 years ago.

The Daily Press reports the ship is expected to cruise into Norfolk in late 2016 and start a midlife refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2017. The work is expected to last 44 months and cost $4.7 billion.

A Navy spokesman says the ship will stop in San Diego where about 2,000 sailors from the Washington will swap ships with sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan, which will sail on to Japan, taking Washington’s place.

Along the way to Norfolk, the ship will patrol the Pacific, including stops at ports in the waters between Japan and Norfolk.

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