USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
|Builder:||Huntington Ingalls Industries|
|Class & type:||Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier|
|Length:||1,106 ft (337 m)|
|Beam:||134 ft (41 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two A1B nuclear reactors|
|Range:||Unlimited distance; 20-25 years|
Close-in weapons systems
|Aircraft carried:||More than 75|
|Aviation facilities:||1,092 x 256 foot flight deck|
|Notes:||Nuclear powered supercarrier|
On 1 December 2012, during the presentation of a pre-recorded speech at the inactivation ceremony for Enterprise (CVN-65), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that CVN-80 would be named Enterprise. She will be the ninth ship and the third aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name.
CVN-80 will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The Enterprise is presently scheduled to begin active construction around 2018 and be delivered by 2025. However, in an effort to save costs, the Congressional Research Service indicates that the Navy Department is reviewing the possibility of extending the length of time used to build both the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and the Enterprise by two years. If approved, the ship would not enter service until 2027 and prevent any instance of 12 carriers being in service at any one time. The ship is currently scheduled to replace the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
- "Navy To Name Next Ford Class Carrier Enterprise". 26 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "News Release - Navy’s Next Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to be Named Enterprise". U.S. Navy. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "US Navy Videos". Navy.mil. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Ronald O'Rourke (26 July 2012). "Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress". Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 1 December 2012.