At a cost of some $10 million per year, they could just let it sit there, like it has since it was decommissioned in 2017. The flagship aircraft carrier now designated the ex-USS Enterprise has been stored at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia since its functional use by the Navy ended.
It was the world’s first nuclear powered carrier when it was launched in 1961 and remains the longest naval vessel ever built. Her radioactive fuel, certain electronics and defense armament has since been removed, but what remains is nearly 75,000 tons of steel and other metals in the hull, plus eight reactor plants that propelled the ship around the globe as she responded to conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East.
Letting it sit there is but one of four alternatives the Navy is considering for the future of the ex-Enterprise. Other options would see her broken down and recycled, either by the Navy, a contractor or a combination of the two. More