Reactor Accident DVD
The USS Enterprise was the
Navy's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier and from 1961 to 1972 she
was the biggest warship in the world.
Keel Laid: Feb. 4, 1958
Launched: Sept. 24, 1960
Commissioned: Nov. 25, 1961
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion system: eight
C1W nuclear reactors
Aircraft elevators: four
Arresting gear cables: four
Lenght, overall: 1,123 feet
Flight Deck Width: 257 feet
Area of flight deck: about
4,5 acres (18211.5 m2)
Beam: 132.8 feet (40.5 meters)
Draft: 39 feet (11.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 93,500
tons full load
Speed: 35 knots
Planes: approx. 85
Crew: Ship: 3,200 ; Air
Armament: three Mk 29 NATO
Sea Sparrow launchers, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15
Homeport: Norfolk, Va.
The world's first nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise is the longest carrier in the Navy at
1,123 feet. It is also the tallest (250 feet) and fastest (30+ nautical
miles per hour) carrier in the fleet. Originally built with a distinctive
square island supporting phased-array radars and a complex EW system. Aviation
facilities include four deck edge lifts, two forward and one each side
abaft the island. There are four 295 foot C-13 Mod 1 catapults. Hangars
cover 216,000 sq. ft with 25-ft deck head. The USS Enterprise carries 8,500
tons of aviation fuel (12 days flight operations).
Built to a modified Forrestal
class design, Enterprise was the world’s second nuclear-powered warship
(the cruiser Long
Beach (CGN-9) was completed a few months earlier). This new propulsive
machinery would give the USS Enterprise a maximum speed of 35 knots
and an estimated endurance of five years; by eliminating the need for oil
storage and stacks it would provide twice the aviation fuel capacity of
her largest predecessors and permit the installation, on the sides of the
island structure, of fixed radar antennae of advanced design.
When first completed the
island of the Enterprise had a very unique shaped structure consisting
of a dome shaped top resting on a box, supporting SPS-32 and 33 radars,
plus many ECM antennas, which were located on all four sides and top dome
of the ship. These were all removed during a 1982 retrofit, and the island
was completely altered to resemble the island of Kitty Hawk class carriers.
Enterprise is expected to
remain in service until 2013 when it will be replaced by planned CVN-78.
The Enterprise is anticipated to be 52 years old when it is retired.