The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and only ship of her class, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was decommissioned on 3 February after 48 months of inactivation.
This included defueling at Virginia’s Newport News Shipbuilding, the same shipyard where she was launched on 24 September 1960.
She was the world’s first nuclearpowered aircraft carrier, the longest Naval vessel ever built at 1,123 feet (342 metres) and the eighth US Naval vessel to bear the name.
When first delivered, the ship was unique in several respects with 8 Westinghouse nuclear reactors and 4 rudders. Enterprise’s flight deck area was 4.47 acres and her hangar bay 5 acres.
Her distinctive Island was rebuilt between 1979 and 1982 with new radar systems and mast replacing the original electronic counter measures dome and billboard radar antenna.
Enterprise had been deactivated on 1 December 2012 at Norfolk Naval Station and will be towed to Bremerton, Washington for breaking.