Skip to comments.Navy’s Next Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to be Named Enterprise
Posted on 07/10/2013 4:49:13 PM PDT by re_tail20
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today via video message at the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise.
Mabus selected this name to honor USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navys first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was inactivated today in Norfolk, Va. Commissioned in 1961, CVN 65 served for more than five decades. It participated in the blockade of the Cuban Missile Crisis, launched strike operations in Vietnam, and conducted combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The USS Enterprise was the first of its kind, and for 51 years its name has been synonymous with boldness, readiness and an adventurous spirit, said Mabus. Rarely has our fleet been without a ship bearing the name. I chose to maintain this tradition not solely because of the legacy it invokes, but because the remarkable work of the name Enterprise is not done.
The future USS Enterprise, designated CVN 80, will be the ninth ship to bear the name.
USS Enterprise and subsequent Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers will provide improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for Sailors and reduced life cycle costs.
The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet. The flight deck will be 256 feet wide, and the ship will be able to operate at speeds in excess of 34 knots. Enterprise will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.
Doesn’t that mess up the Star Trek universe’s chronology of Enterprises?
It does mess it up.
Still, it’s always good to have a U.S.S. Enterprise patrolling the seas.
34 knots. Of course.
Nah, just a different timeline, it’s all good.
GOOD - it’s about time — I’m glad to see that name back on the Navy’s registry!
Clinton split the timelines in the 90s and reality went out the window. We ended up in the Bizzaro one. But fear not. In the real reality the Enterprise is still patrolling the seas as God intended ;)
“Still, its always good to have a U.S.S. Enterprise patrolling the seas.”
Same with Wasp or Hornet. I always liked those names.
Alternate universe, lol...
They will do a re-edit like they did in Star Wars - and knock out the one guy that played Anakin (Sebastian Shaw) with the newer Anakin (Hayden Christensen)...
about time they quit naming the aircraft carriers for presidents, especially live ones like the peanut picker. Saratoga & Lexington ought to be next on the list. then Yorktown, Hornet, Ranger, and Langley
All three will have been built at NNSB&DD.
Never liked the practice - something un-American about it.
We need some new names for these ships. We’re running out of presidents.
Maybe we need to go with a sports theme or sumthin’.. The ‘Air Jordan’ aircraft carrier,, the Yankees Stealth Clippers
If we ever can travel between stars I wonder if the first vessel will be called Enterprise. Whoever figures it out will definitely be a nerd.
This makes me very happy. Good news.
If we didn't confound the timelines like this, the alternate universe with the bearded Spock couldn't exist.
Maybe we can sell the naming rights...
I’m glad to hear that the name Enterprise will not be missing from the U.S.Navy’s Roster of Operational CVN’s for long.
I’m not even a navy veteran and that makes me thrilled.
It is high time for them to dust off Lexington, Saratoga and Yorktown again.
Chode...thanks for that ping!
I know it is silly. I know people might not understand. But for some reason, this is important to me.
Yep. Couldn’t agree more vigorously.
USS Kitty Hawk
NO MORE POLITICIAN NAMES!
Just finished the book “Enterprise”...very well written!
After “they” named a sub for Jimmah, I am surprised they did not name this carrier for some one like John French Kerry (who served in Vietnam, by the way).
I agree with your post # 12.
Gah. It is a struggle. I was just an average sailor, but I am so grateful I did a tour, because I learned so much in that four years. I felt like it completely changed me.
Now, when I look at what a politically correct tub of pus the US Navy has become, it is very difficult for me to reconcile.
I watched that PBS special a few years back, and I tell you, I was sincerely aghast. I just could not believe it.
But I guess I am holding out hope, but...that train has left the station. The damage liberals have done to the USN, they are trying their damndest to wreak that on the Air Force (successfully), Army, and the USMC.
May it be as unsinkable as the last two.
This is the *eighth* U.S. Navy Ship with that name:
The “Big E” lives on!
Glad to see the Enterprise-J at the bottom of the image!
I was dismayed when the Navy named CVN - 79 the “John F. Kennedy”, as he already had a carrier named after him. But this makes up for it.
I think Hornet’s Nest would be more appropriate.
We don’t need any more of these big ships. They were great in their day but we need a new paradigm for projecting power.
The Enterprise has been with us since the beginning - she needs to stay with us - it’s our history and if we are to remain a country - ships such as her need to be ready - and for the sailors that fought so hard and the pilots that launched from her decks later on...she’s a mainstay in the US Navy....and this is coming from a Army guy!