George Wesley Young III, 25, a Navy airman and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died Friday at the base hospital at the Patuxent Naval Air Station.

A spokesman at the base said Airman Young accidentally received an electric shock while working on the maintenance of a C130 Hercules aircraft. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Airman Young was born in Washington and lived in Bethesda. He attended Walter Johnson High School and passed his high school equivalency at Montgomery College. He was a cook at Hamburger Hamlet in Bethesda before enlisting in the Navy in 1978.

He took his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station and was a member of the crew of the aircraft carrier Eisenhower when it made its maiden cruise, which was to the Mediterranean. He had been stationed at Patuxent since April 1979 and was an electronic maintenance technician at the time of his death.

Survivors include his parents, retired Air Force Lt. Col. George W. Jr. and Eileen Young of Bethesda, and a sister, Barbara Ann Yadvish, of Mitchellville, Md.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a memorial fund in Airman Young's honor at the Rockville Disciples of Christ Church, of which Airman Young was a member.