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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.

According to a DoD press release issued on 23 May 2016, the Navy awarded Newport News Shipbuilding a $152-miliion contract to begin advance planning activities. On 31 January 2017, $25.5 million were added as a contract modification. Construction of Enterprise should begin in 2018, and the ship is expected to deliver to the Navy in 2027.

Enterprise will replace USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) upon entering the fleet.

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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

"The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition has asked lawmakers for 'design for affordability' research and development dollars to reduce the cost of building carriers and for advance procurement funding for a block buy of CVN-80 and 81 materials."

Read the full story here (18 March 2016).

Tommy Trampp

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

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Last update: 3 February 2017