USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

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USS Enterprise (CVN-80) artist depiction.jpg
Artist's impression of the future CVN-80
United States
NamesakeUSS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Awarded23 May 2016
BuilderHuntington Ingalls Industries
Laid down
  • 5 April 2022[2]
  • 27 August 2022 (official)[3]
LaunchedNovember 2025 (planned)[1]
Sponsored byKatie Ledecky and Simone Biles
Commissioned2028 (planned)
StatusUnder construction[4]
General characteristics
Class and typeGerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
DisplacementAbout 100,000 long tons (100,000 tonnes) (full load)[5]
Length1,106 ft (337 m)
Beam134 ft (41 m)
Draft39 ft (12 m)
Installed powerTwo A1B nuclear reactors
PropulsionFour shafts
SpeedIn excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
RangeUnlimited distance; 20–25 years
Aircraft carriedMore than 80, approx. up to 90 combat aircraft
Aviation facilities1,092 ft × 256 ft (333 m × 78 m) flight deck

USS Enterprise (CVN-80) will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to be built for the United States Navy.[6][7] She will be the ninth United States naval vessel and third aircraft carrier to bear the name, and is scheduled to be in operation by 2028. Her construction began in August 2017 with a steel-cutting ceremony.[8]


On 1 December 2012, during the presentation of a pre-recorded speech at the inactivation ceremony for USS Enterprise (CVN-65), then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that CVN-80 would be named Enterprise.[9] She will be the ninth ship and the third aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name.[7] CVN-80 will also be the first American supercarrier not to be named in honor of a person since America was commissioned in 1966. In December 2016, Mabus chose Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles to sponsor the ship.[10]


Olympians Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky along with Jennifer Boykin sign a 35-ton steel plate used to begin the construction of Enterprise

CVN-80 is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. CVN-80 is the first aircraft carrier completely designed and built through digital platforms.[11] The first cut of steel ceremony, marking the beginning of fabrication of the ship's components, was held on 21 August 2017,[12] with ship's sponsors Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles present.[13] Construction began in advance of the purchase contract and construction award, in early 2018.[14] Steel from CVN-65 will be recycled and used in the construction of CVN-80.[15][4] As of August 2022, approximately 20,000 pounds of steel, from CVN-65, has been salvaged and recycled for inclusion into CVN-80,[16] with another 15,000 pounds still to be processed, for a total of 35,000 pounds.[11] Enterprise will also incorporate four portholes taken from CV-6, her World War II predecessor.[17] Enterprise will replace USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and is scheduled to be launched in November 2025,[18] with a planned delivery date of March 2028.[19]

The ship's keel was laid, with no ceremony, on 5 April 2022, three weeks ahead of schedule, making the ship about 13% complete.[2] The shipbuilder held an official keel-laying ceremony on 27 August of the same year.[16][3]

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  1. ^ Malone, CAPT Philip (6 May 2019). "John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Enterprise (CVN 80) & Unnamed (CVN 81) - Two Ship Buy" (PDF). Sea Air Space Exposition. Program Manager CVN 79/80/81 Program Office (PMS 379).
  2. ^ a b LaGrone, Sam (5 April 2022). "HII Lays Keel of Future Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise". U.S. Naval Institute. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b "HII Ceremoniously Lays Keel Of Enterprise (CVN 80) Aircraft Carrier" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Newport News Shipbuilding says inactivation of former USS Enterprise is complete". 10 April 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Aircraft Carriers - CVN". Fact File. United States Navy. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Navy To Name Next Ford Class Carrier Enterprise". 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  7. ^ a b "News Release - Navy's Next Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to be Named Enterprise". U.S. Navy. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  8. ^ "HII gets additional $228m for Enterprise (CVN-80) long lead time materials". 28 December 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ USS Enterprise Public Affairs (1 December 2012). "Enterprise, Navy's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, Inactivated" (Press release). Navy News Service. NNS121201-03. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Olympians Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles chosen Enterprise sponsors" (Press release). 13 News Now. 16 December 2016. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b Naval News Staff (28 August 2022). "HII Lays Keel of Future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) Aircraft Carrier". Naval News. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  12. ^ "First cut of steel kicks off construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise at Newport News Shipbuilding" (Press release). WTKR. 21 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Celebrates Ceremonial Steel-Cut for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ Crews, Joanna (11 April 2018). "HII shipbuilding division inactivates Navy's USS Enterprise; Chris Miner comments". Executive Biz.
  15. ^ Corillo, Todd (3 February 2017). "World's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier officially decommissioned". WKTR. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  16. ^ a b Katz, Justin (27 August 2022). "Ninth of its name: HII, Navy lays the keel for next Enterprise". Breaking Defense. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  17. ^ Lessig, High (11 August 2014). "The long goodbye: World's first nuclear aircraft carrier going dark". Daily Press. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  18. ^ Malone, Capt. Phillip (May 6, 2019). "Sea Air Space Exposition: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Enterprise (CVN 80) & Unnamed (CVN 81) – Two Ship Buy" (PDF). Naval Sea Systems Command. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  19. ^ Ronald O'Rourke (26 July 2012). "Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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Preceded by USS Enterprise
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