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Artist's impression of the future CVN-80
Career (United States)
Name: Enterprise
Namesake: USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Awarded: 23 May 2016
Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries
Laid down: 2020 (planned)
Launched: 2025 (planned)
Sponsored by: Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles
Commissioned: 2028 (planned)
Identification: CVN-80
Status: Under construction
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General characteristics
Class and type: Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: About 100,000 long tons (100,000 tonnes) (full load)
Length: 1,106 ft (337 m)
Beam: 134 ft (41 m)
Draft: 39 ft (12 m)
Installed power: Two A1B nuclear reactors
Propulsion: Four shafts
Speed: In excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement: 4,660
  • Surface-to-air missiles
  • Close-in weapons systems
Aircraft carried: More than 80, approx. up to 90 combat aircraft
Aviation facilities: 1,092 ft × 256 ft (333 m × 78 m) flight deck

USS Enterprise (CVN-80) will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to be built for the United States Navy. She will be the ninth United States naval vessel to bear the name, and is scheduled to be in operation by 2027. Her construction began in August 2017 with a steel-cutting ceremony.


On 1 December 2012, during the presentation of a pre-recorded speech at the inactivation ceremony for USS Enterprise (CVN-65), then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that CVN-80 would be named Enterprise. She will be the ninth ship and the third aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name. CVN-80 will also be the first American supercarrier not to be named in honor of a person since the America was commissioned in 1966. In December 2016, Mabus chose Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles to sponsor the ship.


CVN80 First Cut of Steel (36828380355)
Olympians Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky along with Jennifer Boykin sign a 35-ton steel plate used to begin the construction of Enterprise

CVN-80 will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Enterprise is scheduled to begin active construction around 2018 and be delivered by 2025. However, in an effort to save costs, the Congressional Research Service indicates that the Department of the Navy is reviewing the possibility of extending the length of time used to build both John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and Enterprise by two years. If approved, the ship would not enter service until 2027 and prevent any instance of 12 carriers being in service at any one time. The steel from CVN-65 will be recycled and used to construct CVN-80. The ship is currently scheduled to replace USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The first cut of steel ceremony, marking the beginning of fabrication of the ship's components, was held on 21 August 2017, with ship's sponsors Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles present. Construction began in advance of the purchase contract and construction award, in early 2018. In the spring of 2018, a piece of steel from CVN-65 was melted down and remade into a keel plate for CVN-80.

Related pages

  • List of aircraft carriers
  • List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy
  • List of ships of the United States Navy named Enterprise
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