USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

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Artist's impression.
Career
Name:PCU Enterprise
Builder:Huntington Ingalls Industries
Status:Planned
General characteristics
Class & type:Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:100,000 tons
Length:1,106 ft (337 m)
Beam:134 ft (41 m)
Propulsion:Two A1B nuclear reactors
Speed:30+ knots
Range:Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement:4,660
Armament:Surface-to-air missiles
Close-in weapons systems
Aircraft carried:More than 75
Aviation facilities:1,092 x 256 foot flight deck
Notes:Nuclear powered supercarrier
 
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USS Enterprise (CVN-80) artist depiction.jpg
Artist's impression.
Career
Name:PCU Enterprise
Builder:Huntington Ingalls Industries
Status:Planned
General characteristics
Class & type:Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:100,000 tons
Length:1,106 ft (337 m)
Beam:134 ft (41 m)
Propulsion:Two A1B nuclear reactors
Speed:30+ knots
Range:Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement:4,660
Armament:Surface-to-air missiles
Close-in weapons systems
Aircraft carried:More than 75
Aviation facilities:1,092 x 256 foot flight deck
Notes:Nuclear powered supercarrier

PCU Enterprise (CVN-80) is to be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to be built for the United States Navy.[1][2] The ship is scheduled to be constructed and in operation by 2025.

Naming[edit]

On 1 December 2012, during the presentation of a pre-recorded speech at the inactivation ceremony for Enterprise (CVN-65), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that CVN-80 would be named Enterprise.[3] She will be the ninth ship and the third aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name.[2]

Construction[edit]

CVN-80 will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Enterprise is presently scheduled to begin active construction around 2018 and be delivered by 2025. However, in an effort to save costs, the Congressional Research Service indicates that the Navy Department is reviewing the possibility of extending the length of time used to build both John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and Enterprise by two years. If approved, the ship would not enter service until 2027 and prevent any instance of 12 carriers being in service at any one time.[4] The ship is currently scheduled to replace the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy To Name Next Ford Class Carrier Enterprise". 26 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "News Release - Navy’s Next Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to be Named Enterprise". U.S. Navy. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "US Navy Videos". Navy.mil. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ronald O'Rourke (26 July 2012). "Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress". Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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