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U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

(CVN-65)

THE BIG E

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Enterprise has the distinction of being both the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the longest carrier in the world. Launched in 1960 and Commissioned in 1961, it’s the oldest vessel still in use in the U.S. Navy Fleet. Known as “Big E,” she’s due to be decommissioned in 2013.

Due to cost, she is the only ship in her class and the only one to have more than two nuclear reactors aboard.

Career Highlights

Over her long and impressive career, she has participated in the following:

  • Tracking for the Friendship 7 space capsule that orbited the earth
  • Formed part of the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Operation Sea Orbit to sail the world
  • As part of 7th Fleet, launched aircraft and sorties to fight the Viet Cong
  • Task Force 71 –protection of reconnaissance patrols over international waters
  • Sent sorties for attacks on South Vietnam
  • Intimidation of the Navy of India during the Indo-Pakistani War
  • Disaster relief for Typhoon Gervaise on Mauitius Island.
  • Operation Frequent Wind for the evacuation of contingencies in Vietnam
  • Numerous WESTPAC deployments
  • Various operations in the Middle East
  • Training exercises with the British Royal Navy

Enterprise is scheduled for decommissioning in 2013. The decommissioning process is expected to take longer than with previous carriers, due to the nuclear reactors.

CVN-65 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVN-65 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-65 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1955 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1955 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1960 - APR 1963 Commisioning
SEP 1960 - Launch Date: 24 SEP 1960
JAN 1961 - JAN 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1961 - NOV 1961 Commisioning
AUG 1962 - OCT 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
FEB 1963 - SEP 1963 Mediterranean
FEB 1964 - JUL 1964 Mediterranean
JUL 1964 - OCT 1964 The Around The World Cruise Of Nuclear Task Force One
AUG 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 7 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 6 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1964 - AUG 1964 NEPTUNUS REX (CROSSING THE EQUATOR) LAT 00- LONG 00
AUG 1964 - AUG 1964 Neptunus Rex
NOV 1964 - AUG 1965 Dry Dock - Nuclear Refueling
JAN 1965 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1965 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 7 NOV 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1965 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1965 - JUN 1966 First nuclear powered warship to serve in combat Dec 2 1965
JAN 1966 - JAN 1990 West Pac
NOV 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1967 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1968 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - AUG 1969 Enterprise Fire 1969
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Flight Deck Fire 14 Jan 1969
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 General Quarters - Fire & Explosions - Jan. 14, 1969
MAR 1969 - JUL 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 18 JUL 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1969 - JUL 1969 Cape Horn
FEB 1971 - Cape Horn - 25 FEB 1971
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 23 MAR 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1971 - FEB 1972 West Pac
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1971 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1971 - OCT 1975 West Pac
JAN 1972 - JAN 1976 West Pac
MAY 1972 - SEP 1974 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL 1972 - NOV 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1972 - MAY 1973 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1972 - JUN 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1974 - SEP 1974 West Pac
SEP 1974 - SEP 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1974 - JUN 1975 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1975 - FEB 1975 Shellback initiation
APR 1975 - APR 1975 VIETNAM-OPERATION FREQUENT WIND
APR 1975 - APR 1975 Vietnam - Operation Frequent Wind
JUL 1976 - MAR 1977 West Pac
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1978 - OCT 1978 West Pac
APR 1978 - OCT 1978 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1978 - APR 1978 RIMPAC
JUL 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1978 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1978 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1979 - JUL 1979 Dry Dock
JAN 1982 - JAN 1984 West Pac
JAN 1982 - JAN 1984 West Pac
SEP 1982 - APR 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1982 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1983 - NOV 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV 1983 - NOV 1985 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1983 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 9 NOV 1984 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1984 - DEC 1984 Dependents Cruise
AUG 1985 - AUG 1985 FILMED UNIVERSAL PICTURES MOTION PICTURE TOPGUN
JAN 1986 - AUG 1986 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1986 - APR 1986 Suez Canal transit - 28 APR 1986
JUL 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 3 JUL 1986 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1986 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1987 - JUN 1987 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1987 - DEC 1987 NorPac
DEC 1987 - MAY 1989 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1988 - DEC 1988 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1988 - Indian Ocean
APR 1988 - APR 1988 OPERATION PRAYING MANTIS ATTACK ON REPUBLIC OF IRAN NAVY
SEP 1989 - MAR 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1989 - MAR 1990 World Cruise
SEP 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1989 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1990 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1990 - SEP 1994 Dry Dock
JUN 1996 - DEC 1996 Mediterranean
NOV 1998 - APR 1999 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1998 - MAR 1999 Desert Fox
FEB 1999 - MAR 1999 Kosovo
SEP 2000 - SEP 2004 Mediterranean
APR 2001 - NOV 2001 Mediterranean
JAN 2003 - AUG 2004 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2003 - FEB 2004 Mediterranean
MAY 2006 - NOV 2006 West Pac
SEP 2006 - Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 2006 - Indian Ocean
JUL 2007 - DEC 2007 OPERATION ENDOURING FREEDOM
DEC 2007 - DEC 2007 Suez Canal Transit - 1 DEC 2007
APR 2008 - MAY 2010 Dry Dock
JAN 2011 - JUL 2011 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2011 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JUN 2011 - Indian Ocean

CVN-65 General Specifications

Class: Enterprise-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 93284 tons

Length: 1123 ft

Beam: 257 ft max.; 132 ft at waterline

Draft: 39 ft

Power Plant: Eight (8) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3000 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squardons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 1800 Officers and Enlisted