Less than a month after returning from four years in the shipyard, the aircraft carrier
The carrier returned from its midlife overhaul
It got under way again
The ship was supposed to go out again this week, but immediately upon its return, officials decided to keep it at the pier at
Kafka called the repairs part of the "life-cycle maintenance within the propulsion plant." He declined to address directly a report that the ship had propulsion trouble during the recent exercises.
"I can't discuss the specifics of any plant operations or drills," he said. "There is sufficient redundancy in the propulsion plant design to continue safe operations under any conceivable scenario."
The repairs are expected to take about 20 days, he said.