Newport News Shipbuilding’s green 310-long-ton Goliath gantry crane has helped build and overhaul nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for five decades. With that history, the lift of a single excavator on Thursday, May 21, may not seem particularly noteworthy – but it was.
It was the final lift the crane – built in 1969 – will perform at NNS. The crane had most recently been used for dock readiness work in preparation for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS John C. Stennis(CVN 74). Engineering Manager Brian Jones (O48) said the crane’s certifications officially expired last weekend. This summer, crews will work to disassemble the crane, which will be scrapped.
The crane’s successor – a 315-metric-ton Goliath gantry crane – came into service last fall.
Special thanks to Huntington Ingalls Industries for the release, photo and video!