NORFOLK -- Capt. Ryan B. Scholl made the prediction last September.
"Ten months ago, we said that we would go on sea trials on July 21st," said Scholl, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.
Sure enough, the Truman left Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth on Friday, July 21 -- one day ahead of schedule -- for five days of sea trials.
"We tested her from stem to stern," including high-speed turns and flight systems, Scholl said Tuesday morning after the carrier returned to Naval Station Norfolk.
The Truman came home in July 2016 from an eight-month deployment during which its Carrier Air Wing Seven flew more than 2,000 combat sorties, breaking a record set by the USS Theodore Roosevelt during a 2015 deployment, the Navy has said. The Truman also dropped more than 819 tons of bombs, the Navy said.
Work on the Truman included updates to internal and external communication networks, nearly 4,500 reactor repairs, renovations to 12 berthing spaces and 10 heads and the refurbishing of 90,000 square feet of its hangar bay and 7,000 feet of its flight deck, the Navy said in a news release.
Details on the cost of the repairs weren't immediately available Tuesday. Michael Jennings, project superintendent for the Truman, said it had "been a while since we've delivered a carrier on time."
"We're just happy to be a part of delivering the Harry S. Truman back to the fleet," Jennings said.
Scholl said the Truman will head back to sea in three to four weeks to begin working on flight deck certifications.
The Truman's departure from the yards clears the way for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to begin a planned maintenance period in August, the Navy said. The Truman deployed ahead of schedule in late 2015 when repairs to the Ike forced it to remain in the yards for nearly two years instead of a planned 14 months.
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