CVN 65 Enterprise
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
25 November 1961
Also Known As: Big E
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: CVN 65 Enterprise
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 25 November 1961
Total Production: 1
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Description: The USS Enterprise (CVN 65), also known as Big E, is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the longest carrier in the US Navy, making her one-of-a-king. It was commissioned on November 25, 1961, thereafter joining the US Navy's Sixth fleet deployed in the Mediterranean. During the Vietnam war the aircraft combat wing aboard the USS Enterprise provided support to military operations over Vietnam.
Currently, the ship can accommodate up to 85 combat aircraft such as F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, Super Hornet, S-3 Viking and E-2 Hawkeye fixed-wing aircraft as well as MH-60 helicopters. Two Sea Sparrow air defense launchers and three CIWS Phalanx guns form the ship's self-defense capability in addition to its combat aircraft wing. The propulsion system consists of eight nuclear reactors and four shafts.
The ship was upgraded in the middle 1990s to stay in active service until 2014, when she would be replaced by the first CVN 21 aircraft carrier. The work was carried out by Newport News shipyard, now a Northrop-Grumman subsidiary, the original builder for the ship. Beginning in early September, she is schedule to undergo a nine-month maintenance work at Newport News to install the Super Hornet aircraft equipment and weapons stowage systems.
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