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General Characteristics
(As of December 2005)
Displacement: approximately 100,000 long tons (approximately 101,600 metric tons) full load
Dimensions: 1,092' x 134' (flight deck, 256')  /  332.8 x 40.8 (flight deck, 78) meters
Power plant: 2 nuclear reactors; 4 shafts
Speed: 30+ knots
Armament: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile; Rolling Airframe Missile; CIWS
Aircraft: 75+
Crew: 4,660 (ship, air wing and staff)

Operational and Building Data

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, 1 December 2012, CVN-80 would be named Enterprise to honor the previous eight American warships of that name.

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7th Enterprise

CVN-80 will be the ninth American warship to bear the name Enterprise. Two Continental Navy ships—a sloop (1775–77) and a schooner (1776–77)— were the 1st and 2nd to bear the name. Two famous aircraft carriers, CV-6 (photo NS020628) and CVAN-65 (photo NS026509), were the 7th and 8th American Enterprise. "Enterprise" means "readiness to engage in daring or difficult action."

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pays tribute to the past and current crews of USS Enterprise (CVAN/CVN-65), and announces that CVN-80 will be named Enterprise, 1 December 2012.

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A graphic showing what the future USS Enterprise (CVN-80) is expected to look like when she joins the fleet after 2025. The aircraft are F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet strike fighters, E-2D Hawkeye electronic warfare planes, and an unmanned strike jet modeled on the X-47B sitting on the No. 4 catapult. U.S. Navy graphic.

Ron Reeves

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website

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