HII to Cut Steel for Future Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise
ARLINGTON, Va. — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) will hold a ceremony Aug. 24 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., to make the first cut of steel to mark the beginning of construction of the future aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 80), the company said in an Aug. 21 media invitation.
Enterprise will be the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford class, and will follow the second, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), into service with the fleet.
CVN 80 will be the third aircraft carrier to bear the name Enterprise. CV 6 was the most famous U.S. Navy ship of World War II and fought in most of the naval campaigns of the Pacific War. CVAN/CVN 65 was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and fought in numerous wars until its inactivation in December 2012.
“CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier,” the company said in the invitation. “Designed to replace Nimitz-class carriers, the Ford class features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies. Each Ford-class ship will operate with a smaller crew than a Nimitz-class carrier and will provide $4 billion in total ownership cost savings for the Navy.”