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.