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PCU ENTERPRISE   (CVN-80)


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Specifications
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.

As of November 2017, Enterprise was scheduled to be procured in FY2018, and delivered to the Navy in September 2027.

The Navy released a CVN_80/81 two-ship buy Request for Proposal (RFP) to Huntington Ingalls Industries–Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), 19 March 2018, to further define the cost savings achievable with a two-ship buy. (Read "Navy Seeks Savings, Releases Two-Carrier RFP," at the Navy website.)

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


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Namesake
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CVN-80 will be the ninth American warship to bear the name Enterprise. "Enterprise" means "readiness to engage in daring or difficult action."

  1. A sloop used during the Revolutionary War
  2. A Continental Navy schooner
  3. A schooner (1799–1823)
  4. A schooner (1831–1844)
  5. A screw sloop-of-war
  6. A non-commissioned motorboat
  7. An aircraft carrier, the most decorated warship of World War II (photo NS020628)
  8. The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (photo NS026509)

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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.

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"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).

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U.S. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, left, and Katie Ledecky, ship's sponsors of the future aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-80), and Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, sign a 35-ton steel plate at Newport News Shipbuilding, 24 August 2017, to start advance construction of Enterprise, the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Enterprise will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth (# 170824-N-N0101-110).

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A 35-ton steel plate is displayed at Newport News Shipbuilding division during a ceremony to start advance construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-80), 24 August 2017. The steel plate will become part of the foundation of Enterprise, the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth (# 170824-N-N0101-111).

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Image courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

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Enterprise (CVN-80) rendering.

Image courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

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Enterprise (CVN-80) First Cut of Steel, 24 August 2017. Promotional items.

Image courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, by Ashley Major, Staff Photographer (# 6-DCS17-546-64).

Ron Reeves

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