History of the George Washington CVN-73 Division
We are named after the USS George Washington (commonly known as GW) is 1,092 ft (333 m) long, 257 ft (78 m) wide and is as high as a twenty-four-story building, at 244 feet (74 m). The super carrier can accommodate approximately 80 aircraft and has a flight deck 4.5 acres (18,000 m²) in size, using four elevators that are 3,880 ft² (360 m²) each to move planes between the flight deck and the hangar bay. With a combat load, GW displaces almost 97,000 tons and can accommodate 6,250 crewmembers. General Washington had long been a proponent
of a strong Navy. On 15 November 1781 he wrote, Without a decisive Naval force, we can do nothing decisive. And with it, everything honourable and decisive
. These words are engraved on a plaque on the ship's quarterdeck.
The George Washington Division of the US Naval Sea Cadets started at the Bronx High School of Science in the Bronx, New York with LCDR Lloyd Burkett, USNSCC as Commanding Officer. It was due to a request by Bronx Science students who were involved with the Intrepid Museum. In the brief time at that location one Sea Cadet went on to the US Military Academy at West Point and two others went into the college Naval ROTC program. The George Washington Division then moved to our current base at Salesian High School
due to the efforts of LT Ed Donovan, USNSCC as Executive Officer. Up to the present time we have had our cadets complete NSCC "Boot Camp" and Advance Training. Our cadets have gone on to the US Naval Academy, SUNY Maritime College and enlisted in the Navy with advance standing and higher pay. When the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum started its two year renovation project the Intrepid Division of the Sea Cadets were transferred to our Division. Now that the the Intrepid is back, our cadets and officers are standing ready to assist the Intrepid Museum as in the past.
We will continue to recruit in Westchester, Manhattan, the Bronx and the New York City area.