Navy Contemplating Where the Enterprise Should Boldly Go – IOTW Report

Navy Contemplating Where the Enterprise Should Boldly Go

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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

18 Comments on Navy Contemplating Where the Enterprise Should Boldly Go

  1. I remember the first and only time I saw the Enterprise. I was flying a mission over the Atlantic near the Azores. I saw what looked like an island sticking out of the sea. It was about 30 or so NM away. I asked the Radar Navagator,”Radar is there an island out here that I don’t know about?” The Radar responded “Nope, that’s the USS Enterprise your looking at.” Me, “That thing is ENORMOUS!”. We arranged a fly-by at 500 AGL. Enormous ship and a beauty.

  2. LBS and mysta:

    Have both! Fill it with Bidenites and sink it… Gulf of Mexico may not be deep enough…what with sharks and professional courtesy and all.

  3. “Where no one has gone before.”

    Launch it into…

    T̶h̶e̶ S̶u̶n̶
    T̶h̶e̶ c̶e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ o̶f̶ T̶h̶e̶ G̶a̶l̶a̶x̶y̶
    Joe Biden’s anus

    (But I’m only fairly certain no one has gone there yet. And someone or some thing really needs to go there!)

  4. Saw it pass under the golden gate bridge inbound to the bay back about the mid 60’s. The Navy put on quite a show.

  5. The Navy didn’t need to scrap the Kitty Hawk CV 63. It was the largest conventionally powered (diesel engines) aircraft carrier that the Navy ever built. I spent the better part of 2 years from 1973-75 on board the Hawk and made 2 Westpac cruises to SE Asia and beyond on the Kitty Hawk. They could’ve turned it into a floating museum or sunk it like they did with the USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Mexico and turned it into an artificial reef. Rest in little pieces mighty Kitty Hawk, I spent 2 very good years on board that wonderful huge ship.

  6. 1) Reload it with Nuclear Fuel (no BIG weapons)
    2) Send it off To Britain
    3) Plug it into Their Electrical Grid so they don’t Freeze their Cocks Off this Winter.

    Could also work for Germany, but FUCK EM!

  7. “Trump should offer to purchase it…”

    And re-arm it!

    “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

  8. 10 million dollars a year for it to sit and do nothing??

    Reality: it costs 100,000 dollars a year to maintain it, and 9,900,000 dollars a year is split by Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Kerry and McConnell.

  9. I did a Tiger Cruise in 2004 when it came back from Operation Iraqi Freedom. One of the coolest things I’ve been invited to. It was awesome.

  10. I have one regret that I didn’t invite my dad on our Tiger cruise home from Pearl Harbor to San Diego at the end of our 73-74 Westpac cruise. I had the money to pay for his flight to Hawaii and to fly back to Spokane after we got back to San Diego. I don’t know if my dad could’ve got away from his gas station business and leave it with his hired mechanics for a week or so. I probably should’ve tried harder; my dad would’ve enjoyed the heck out of that trip from Hawaii to San Diego on board the Kitty Hawk with me.


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