Maybus: Next carrier will be an Enterprise

| December 2, 2012 | 14 Comments

Yesterday, the Navy deactivated the USS Enterprise, so today marks the first day in 51 years that our naval defenses are without a USS Enterprise, the eighth vessel of that name.

But the Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus announced at the decommissioning ceremony that the next Gerald E. Ford – class carrier will be named the USS Enterprise (CVN 80);

“The USS Enterprise was the first of its kind, and for 51 years its name has been synonymous with boldness, readiness and an adventurous spirit,” said Mabus. “Rarely has our fleet been without a ship bearing the name. I chose to maintain this tradition not solely because of the legacy it invokes, but because the remarkable work of the name Enterprise is not done.”

The future USS Enterprise, designated CVN 80, will be the ninth ship to bear the name.

USS Enterprise and subsequent Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers will provide improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for Sailors and reduced life cycle costs.

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet. The flight deck will be 256 feet wide, and the ship will be able to operate at speeds in excess of 34 knots. Enterprise will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am glad they are going to continue the tradition rather than name it after an LGBT activist or a “civil rights” commie with an ulterior motive.

  2. Patch Delta says:

    Until the POTUS names it afterthe himself.

  3. Edward1811 says:

    The BIG E will live on! I say name CVN 81 the AMERICA until we get some more Presidents worth naming a ship after.

  4. Bill C says:

    Never put anything past them. After, they could name it the “John Kerry.”

  5. Smaj says:

    Mabus FINALLY gets the naming thing right. As long is there is a USN there should be a USS Enterprise.

  6. ex af says:

    Quit fucking around. I want a death star. Throw some pogue Marines in on it with Rangers for training to add security. Too damn bad we don’t have warp drive yet.

  7. Poohbah, Lord High Everything Else says:

    “My God, Bones, what have I done?”

    “What you had to do. What you always do. Blow up the only thing around here bigger than your ego.”

  8. BU3 (SCW) Kyle says:

    I was suprised to see while playint a video game the other night that there was a USS Obama…I turned it off and sold it to game stop.

  9. Whitey_wingnut says:

    As happy as I am to hear the tradition will live on, I am sure that the next one won’t be made for quite some time until they stop cutting from the defense budget.

  10. Utterly predictable from the career politician Mabus. If he didn’t change the new tradition of naming carriers for recent Presidents, he’d have to name one for W. He ain’t gonna do that.

  11. Proconsul says:

    With the changing of the American public’s values, the new carrier will not be called “Enterprise”, but rather “Universal Healthcare” to reflect what we see as admirable American qualities

  12. Eric says:

    “The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet.”

    And will trip whenever using the stairs…

  13. Harrison says:

    @1 – I was wondering how long it would take the comment thread on something this routine to devolve into a bunch of conservative halfwits whining about how victimized they are by the freedoms of people they don’t agree with.

    As always, TAH doesn’t disappoint in the political department.

    @10 – Check your list of presidents, friend. Next up is Slick Willy from Little Rock, not George W. “I spent less time in Vietnam than Jane Fonda” Bush

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