- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - After seven years at its homeport in Japan, the carrier USS George Washington is back in Virginia waters and headed for an overhaul.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1OznlyI ) reports that the nuclear-powered ship returned to Norfolk Naval Base on Thursday. The George Washington replaces the Theodore R. Roosevelt in Norfolk, which is in its new homeport of San Diego. It had spent 28 years in Virginia.

The Washington’s return will be a boost to the region’s economy as the 23-year-old ship undergoes a refueling and overhaul. The overhaul will take nearly four years and will cost billions of dollars.

The work is scheduled to begin in 2017 at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Until then, the ship will be a training ground for East Coast pilots to learn how to land on aircraft carriers.

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