Aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65)
January 22, 2022
The aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA (N) -65 (USS Enterprise (CVN-65)) is a withdrawn American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth U.S. Navy ship to bear this name. The Enterprise, like its predecessor, was nicknamed the "Big E", the longest warship in the world, and the eleventh heaviest aircraft carrier, just behind the 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Construction of the ship began in 1958 at Newport News Shipbuilding. Four years later, on January 12, 1962, the ship embarked on its first three-month voyage, during which it participated in a series of exercises to determine the full capacity of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Enterprise was conceived as the first aircraft carrier in its class, and five more aircraft carriers of the same class were to be built, but due to excessive construction and maintenance costs, the remaining carriers were never built, and the Enterprise remained the only carrier of its class. Enterprise is the only aircraft carrier that has more than two nuclear reactors (there are as many as eight). As of September 2010, the home port of the Enterprise is Norfolk, Virginia. Due to age and costs of use, it was withdrawn on December 1, 2014. Depending on the completion of construction, its replacement will be the aircraft carrier "Gerald". R. Ford. Enterprise has been in active service in the US Navy for the longest time, 50 years in a row.