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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
NOV1955-Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1955 - Indian Ocean
JAN1960-APR1963Commisioning
SEP1960-Launch Date: 24 SEP 1960
JAN1961-JAN1962Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV1961-NOV1961Commisioning
AUG1962-OCT1962Mediterranean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
FEB1963-SEP1963Mediterranean
FEB1964-JUL1964Mediterranean
JUL1964-OCT1964The Around The World Cruise Of Nuclear Task Force One
AUG1964-AUG1964Neptunus Rex
AUG1964-AUG1964NEPTUNUS REX (CROSSING THE EQUATOR) LAT 00- LONG 00
AUG1964-Shellback Initiation - 6 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1964-Shellback Initiation - 7 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1964- Shellback Initiation - 6 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1964-AUG1965Dry Dock - Nuclear Refueling
JAN1965-JAN1967West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1965-MAY1966West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1965-Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1965 - Indian Ocean
NOV1965-Shellback Initiation - 7 NOV 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1965-JUN1966West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1965-JUN1966First nuclear powered warship to serve in combat Dec 2 1965
DEC1965-JUN1966West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1966-JAN1990West Pac
AUG1966-JUN1967West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1966-JUL1967West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1967-Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1967 - Indian Ocean
JAN1968-JUN1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1968-FEB1968USS Pueblo taken by North Korea - During WESTPAC Deployment
JAN1969-AUG1969Enterprise Fire 1969
JAN1969-JAN1969Flight Deck Fire 14 Jan 1969
JAN1969-JAN1969General Quarters - Fire & Explosions - Jan. 14, 1969
MAR1969-JUL1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1969-JUL1969Cape Horn
JUL1969-Shellback Initiation - 18 JUL 1969 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1969-FEB1971Shipyard for re-fueling Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia
FEB1971-Cape Horn - 25 FEB 1971
FEB1971-Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1971-Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1971-Shellback Initiation - 23 MAR 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1971-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1971-FEB1972West Pac
SEP1971-Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1971 - Indian Ocean
OCT1971-OCT1975West Pac
JAN1972-JAN1976West Pac
MAY1972-SEP1974West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL1972-NOV1974West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1972-MAY1973West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1972-JUN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1974-SEP1974West Pac
SEP1974-JUN1975West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1974-SEP1975West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1975-FEB1975Shellback initiation
JAN1975- Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1975 - Indian Ocean
JAN1975- Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1975 - Indian Ocean
APR1975-APR1975Vietnam - Operation Frequent Wind
APR1975-APR1975VIETNAM-OPERATION FREQUENT WIND
JUL1976-MAR1977West Pac
OCT1976-Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1977-FEB1977Shellback initiation
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
APR1978-APR1978RIMPAC
APR1978-OCT1978West Pac
APR1978-OCT1978West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL1978-Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1978 - Indian Ocean
JUL1978-Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1978 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1978- Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1978 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1979-JUL1979Dry Dock
JAN1982-JAN1984West Pac
JAN1982-JAN1984West Pac
SEP1982-APR1983West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV1982-Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1982 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1983-NOV1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV1983-NOV1985North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV1983-Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1983 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1984-Shellback Initiation - 9 NOV 1984 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1984-DEC1984Dependents Cruise
AUG1985-AUG1985FILMED UNIVERSAL PICTURES MOTION PICTURE TOPGUN
JAN1986-AUG1986West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1986-APR1986Suez Canal transit - 28 APR 1986
JUL1986- Shellback Initiation - 3 JUL 1986 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1986-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1986 - Indian Ocean
JAN1987-JUN1987Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1987-DEC1987NorPac
DEC1987-MAY1989Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1988-JUN1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1988- Shellback Initiation - 13 MAR 1988 - Indian Ocean
MAR1988- Shellback Initiation - 13 MAR 1988 - Indian Ocean
APR1988-DEC1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR1988-APR1988OPERATION PRAYING MANTIS ATTACK ON REPUBLIC OF IRAN NAVY
APR1988-Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1988 - Indian Ocean
SEP1989-Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1989 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1989-MAR1990West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1989-MAR1990World Cruise
JAN1990-Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1990 - Indian Ocean
MAR1990-SEP1994Dry Dock
JUN1996-DEC1996Mediterranean
NOV1998-MAR1999Desert Fox
NOV1998-APR1999Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1999-MAR1999Kosovo
SEP2000-SEP2004Mediterranean
APR2001-NOV2001Mediterranean
JAN2003-AUG2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2003-FEB2004Mediterranean
MAY2006-NOV2006West Pac
SEP2006-Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 2006 - Indian Ocean
JUL2007-DEC2007OPERATION ENDOURING FREEDOM
DEC2007-DEC2007Suez Canal Transit - 1 DEC 2007
APR2008-MAY2010Dry Dock
JAN2011-JUL2011Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN2011-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