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USS Enterprise CVN-65

LoganKaill

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Report this Jun. 13 2010, 11:33 pm

I found the history of the Naval Vessel USS Enterprise pretty instresting and that she is to be decommisioned after her next deployment. I wonder if their will be another vessel to hold the name. The original aircraft carrier USS Enterprise was a legend and at one time was the only carrier left in the pacific. The Jpanesse tryed to sink her so many times she earned the nickname the "Grey Ghost". Heres some info on the old gal i got you all might find instresting.


USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth US naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed the "Big E". At 1,123 ft (342 m), she is the longest naval vessel in the world, though her 89,600 Short ton[8] displacement places her as the 11th heaviest supercarrier, surpassed by the 10 carriers of the Nimitz-class.

Enterprise is a single-ship class, and is the second oldest vessel still in commission in the United States Navy after the wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate USS Constitution. As the oldest carrier in the fleet, she was originally scheduled for decommissioning some time in 2014?2015 depending on the life of her current reactors and completion of her replacement, USS Gerald R. Ford.[9] However, with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Enterprise is now set to retire in 2013 with 51 years of continuous service, the longest for any aircraft carrier in the history of the U.S. Navy.[10]

Enterprise is currently homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia and scheduled to complete two more deployments before her decommissioning.[11] Her current commanding officer is Captain O.P. Honors, who assumed command on 6 May 2010.

Enterprise was meant to be the first of a class of six, but construction costs ballooned and the remaining vessels were never laid down, resulting in her being the only ship of her class.

Because of the huge cost of her construction, Enterprise was launched and commissioned without the planned Terrier missile launchers. These were never installed and the ship's self-defense suite instead consisted of three shorter ranged RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) launchers.[13] Later upgrades added two NATO Sea Sparrow (NSSM) and three Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS gun mounts.[14] One CIWS mount was later removed and two 21 cell RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers were added.[15]

Enterprise is also the only aircraft carrier to house more than two nuclear reactors. Her eight-reactor propulsion design was rather conservative, with each A2W reactor taking the place of one of the conventional boilers in earlier designs. She is the only carrier to be fitted with four rudders compared to two for the other classes, and features a more cruiser-like hull.[16]

In addition to having the innovation of nuclear power, Enterprise also featured a phased array radar system designed to provide improved tracking of multiple airborne targets relative to conventional rotating antenna radars. Her early phased arrays are responsible for the distinctive square-looking island, up until their replacement circa 1980.[7]

Commissioning and trials
In 1958, Enterprise's keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. On 24 September 1960, the ship was launched, sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Franke, wife of the former Secretary of the Navy. On 25 November 1961, Enterprise was commissioned, with Captain Vincent P. de Poix, formerly of Fighting Squadron 6 on USS Enterprise (CV-6),[17] in command. On 12 January 1962, the ship made her maiden voyage conducting a three-month shakedown cruise and a lengthy series of tests and training exercises designed to determine the full capabilities of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

[edit] 1960s
On 20 February 1962, Enterprise played a role as the tracking and measuring station for the flight of Friendship 7, the Project Mercury space capsule in which Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. made the first American orbital spaceflight. In August of that year, the carrier joined the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean sea, returning to Norfolk, Virginia in October.

[edit] 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
Main article: Cuban Missile Crisis
In October, 1962, Enterprise was dispatched to her first international crisis. Following revelations that the Soviet Union was constructing nuclear missile launch sites on Cuba, President John F. Kennedy began to prepare for action, moving several military units to Florida and adjacent waters. On 24 October, President Kennedy ordered a naval and air "quarantine" (blockade) on shipment of offensive military equipment to Cuba, and demanded the Soviets dismantle the missile sites there. Enterprise, supported by the carriers Independence, Essex, and Randolph and backed by shore-based aircraft, participated in the blockade as part of the 2nd Fleet. By 28 October, the crisis was averted.

Name: Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Builders: Newport News Shipbuilding
Operators: ¿United States Navy
Preceded by: Kitty Hawk-class
Succeeded by: Nimitz-class
In commission: 25 November 1961
Planned: 6
Completed: 1
Active: 1
Career (United States) ¿
Name: USS Enterprise
Ordered: 15 November 1957
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Cost: $451.3 million[1]
Laid down: 4 February 1958
Launched: 24 September 1960
Christened: 24 September 1960
Acquired: 29 October 1961
Commissioned: 25 November 1961
Decommissioned: Scheduled for 2013
In service: 12 January 1962 (maiden voyage)
Reclassified: CVN-65
Homeport: NAVSTA Norfolk
Status: in active service, as of 2010[update]
General characteristics
Class and type: Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 89,600 Short tons (Full)[2]
81,200 metric tonnes (Full)[3]

Length: 1,123 ft (342 m)[4]
Beam: 132.8 ft (40.5 m) (waterline)
257.2 ft (78.4 m) (extreme)
Draft: 39 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: 8 ? Westinghouse A2W nuclear reactors
four sets Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 4 ? shafts
280,000 shp (210 MW)
Speed: 33.6 kn (38.7 mph; 62.2 km/h)
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 20 years
Complement: 5,828 (maximum)
Ship's company: 3,000 (2,700 Sailors, 150 Chiefs, 150 Officers)

Air wing: 1,800 (250 Pilots, and 1,550 Support personnel)
Sensors and
processing systems: AN/SPS-48 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-49 2D air search radar
Electronic warfare
and decoys: AN/SLQ-32
Mark 36 SRBOC
Armament: 2 ? NATO Sea Sparrow launchers
2 ? 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
2 RAM launchers

Armor: 8 in (20 cm) aluminum belt (equivalent to 4 in (10 cm) rolled homogeneous steel armor)
Aircraft carried: Hold up to 90
70 (normally)[5]
Aviation facilities: Flight deck: 1,123 ft (342 m)
Motto: Ready on Arrival;
The First, the Finest;
Eight Reactors, None Faster
Nickname: "Big E",[6]
Notes: 915 engineers designed the ship. They made 16,100 drawings and 2,400 blueprints. The ship has about 625 mi (1,000 km) of electrical cables and 37 mi (60 km) of ventilation ducts.[citation needed] The ship has 4 steam

and here is where i got the info from if you want to know more USS Enterprise Information

Kirk_vs_Kahn

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Report this Jun. 14 2010, 2:56 am

She is an impressive ship.

Here's a story for ya. When I was 12, I knew about the ship, and told my grandmother about her. I asked her: 'I wonder if she's still around?' Anyway, later that day, I found out she called the navy and asked them. There response: 'That's classified information.'

I still can't believe she called the US navy to find that out lol.

UtopiaPlanitia

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Report this Jun. 15 2010, 6:37 pm

truly a great ship with a storied history.  Hopefullly the Navy will be smart and name one of their "next generation" carriers "Enterprise"

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Report this Jun. 17 2010, 6:47 am

My brother served onboard Enterprise as a radioman.  He had some very interesting stories!

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Report this Jun. 17 2010, 2:00 pm

I read through the news that there is a petition to christen the next vessel the Enterprise after CVN-65 is retired.

I will try to find the article.

Hopefully they will carry the name on....

CVN-65-A lol..... or technically -B since it will be the third naval vessel named Enterprise.

LoganKaill

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Report this Jun. 19 2010, 3:40 am

Quote (DataLore04 @ June 17 2010, 2:00 pm)
I read through the news that there is a petition to christen the next vessel the Enterprise after CVN-65 is retired.

I will try to find the article.

Hopefully they will carry the name on....

CVN-65-A lol..... or technically -B since it will be the third naval vessel named Enterprise.

its actually the 8 US Naval Vessel named Enterprise so the next one will be number 9.

fjbalist

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Report this Jun. 20 2010, 6:50 am

I wish they'de never started that NCC-1701-A, B, C, etc stuff.  Just the class of ship should be enough, and they never did it with any other ship in Starfleet.

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Report this Jun. 27 2010, 4:42 pm

I hadn't heard that they had named the next one to be built yet.

UtopiaPlanitia

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Report this Jun. 27 2010, 7:20 pm

The Next Carrier to be named Enterprise wont use the designation CVN-65.  65 is simply the Hull number.  The previous Enterprise was CV-6 i believe.  

CVN stands for Carrier Vessel Nuclear.

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Report this Jun. 28 2010, 12:09 am

Quote (fjbalist @ June 20 2010, 6:50 am)
I wish they'de never started that NCC-1701-A, B, C, etc stuff. ¿Just the class of ship should be enough, and they never did it with any other ship in Starfleet.

The other starfleet ships had registry numbers.....

U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656
U.S.S. Defiant  NX-74205
U.S.S. Excelsior NX-2000/NCC-2000

The U.S.S. Yamato was supposed to be NCC-1305-E I think but then it was changed in TNG.

The second Defiant on DS9 should have been NCC-74205-A but for budgetary reasons they left the NX-74205 on the ship because they had to reuse some footage from previous battle sequences.

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Report this Jan. 03 2011, 11:45 pm

Very nice post on the Big E LoganKalll. I hope that they name another carrier Enterprise after our current one is decommissioned, and that they make CVN-65 a museum ship. She has so much history to her it would be a shame to just scrap her.

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Report this Jan. 04 2011, 7:47 am

I got a buddy of mine on the enterprise now and she said it's pretty old looking on the inside and a lot scuttlebutt about the skipper getting in trouble.

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Report this Jan. 08 2011, 1:08 pm

I think removing its CO for the movie he made is stupid. It's the Navy, sailors are crass and one poor choice in trying to increase morale doesn't make him unfit for command. Plus, public opinion shouldn't affect who is in command of that ship, though the carriers have political duties.

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Report this Feb. 26 2011, 12:59 pm

After the Gerald Ford Class is completed (the first of a new class of Carrier), it will be another one of.  The other two of the series will be cancelled because this country can not afford to build them.  Also - over sized aircraft carriers are obsolete.  It doesn't take much to sink one since their hull plating is so thin.  They make very big easy targets.  If this weren't the case, then why does a carrier battle group have so many frigates esscorting the carrier itself?  Because it doesn't have enough in the way of self defensive armaments.


The logistics of supporting a battle group is astronomical.  Until carriers can be more self reliant to defend itself.  Then there wouldn't need to be so many other ships to support it.  The moderrn Navy is evolving, to the point that the need for Carrier Battle Groups is becoming less and less.  We will always have the Carrier Groups to "show that uncle sam means business"  Its just that there won't be as many as we do now.


Tactically, we need a more efficient & versitile strike vessel.  WW2 was the death knell for the Battleship, The Cold War was the sign of the times that The Carrier's time was coming to an end as well.


It will have to make do with the carriers it currently has policing the blue waters of the world.  More does not necessarily mean better.


This being the case, I don't expect to see any other ships in our lifetime to bear the name of Enterprise.  The Navy didn't name her because of the trekkies in the Navy.  Outside of the Trek Universe, Enterprise is an illustrious name for a sea going vessel.


I'm sorry - I'm just being objectively realistic.

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Report this Jun. 08 2011, 7:01 am

Actually CV(n)-6 was the only carrier left after the Hornet and Yorktown was destroyed, about a year later she was joined by many others. the "Grey Ghost" was also the only US Ship to be given a British comendation during WWII...

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