U.S. Navy Decommissions USS Enterprise, the World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. Navy has decommissioned the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), during a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay on Friday at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony not only marked the end the ship's nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Capt. Todd Beltz, … [Read more...]

VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

The world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was moved into its birthplace dry dock at Huntington Ingalls' Newport News Shipbuilding this weekend as part of the ongoing inactivation process. The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was moved Saturday from Newport News' Pier 2 to Dry Dock 11, where the super carrier was constructed over 60 years ago. Six … [Read more...]

USS Enterprise Anchor Gets Second Life Aboard USS Lincoln

With its inactivation and eventual decommissioning just around the corner, the legacy of the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, will live on through one of its 30-ton anchors. Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division announced that it has recently installed one of Enterprise’s anchors on the younger … [Read more...]

An American warship attacks Libyan pirates… circa 1801.

(US Naval History and Heritage Command) Exactly 210 years ago today, during the First Barbary War, the schooner Enterprise, commanded by Lieutenant Andrew Sterett, encountered the Barbary corsair Tripoli west of Malta and prepared for engagement. After a three-hour battle and false surrenders by Tripoli's commander, Admiral Rais Mahomet Rous, Enterprise broadsided the vessel. … [Read more...]

US Navy Thwarts Piracy Attempt (Photos)

ARABIAN SEA (March 25, 2011) American sailors and aviators assigned to the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) thwart a pirate attack on board the Phillipine-flagged bulk carrier Falcon Trader II.  Images by US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Robert Guerra Chief Fire Controlman Nathan P. Rose, … [Read more...]