Years after it had been decommissioned, the U.S. Navy has declared the ultimate fate of the world’s first-ever nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65 is going to be dismantled and then, disposed of with commercial industry at one of three likely locations: Newport News in Virginia; Brownsville in Texas; or Mobile in Alabama.
The Navy mentioned that the commercial firms would be responsible for dismantling the vessel’s defueled reactor plants and for disposing of the components of the reactor plant via several hundred shipments to the authorized waste disposal sites.
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This plan was one of three the Navy considered and is called “Alternative 3”. The other two alternatives would have ideally sent the Enterprise to get dismantled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard based in Washington’s Bremerton.
The decision will also allow the Navy to lower the Navy inactive vessel inventory, eliminate the costs that are associated with maintaining the vessel in a safe stowage state, and dispose of legacy hazardous and radiological wastes in an environmentally responsible way while meeting the operational requirements of the Navy, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance
Facility mentioned in a press release.
Affectionately referred to as the “Big E,” the former Enterprise got retired in 2012 after over 50 years of continuous service. Besides being the Navy’s first-ever nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, it played a key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and also in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It was decommissioned back in 2017 and it presently sits at a pier at the Newport News Shipbuilding.
CVN 65 is the eighth vessel to have the name Enterprise. Its name will live on in a next-gen Gerald R. Ford-class carrier under construction at the moment, also at the Newport News Shipbuilding.
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