USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

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Operation Sea Orbit: On July 31, 1964 USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) (bottom), USS Long Beach (CGN-9) (center), and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) (top) formed "Task Force One," the first nuclear-powered Task Force, and were sent on a 30,565-mile, 65-day voyage around the world.

The first aircraft carrier to use nuclear propulsion, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) has reached the end of her service life, having performing well in combat and demonstrating a great number of engineering lessons for new carrier designs. She carried on the distinguished name of the USS Enterprise (CV-6), the most decorated U.S. Navy ship of the Second World War.

Design and characteristics

In retrospect, the Enterpise may have been far too conservative in its power plant design, with eight reactors. Newer carriers usually have two.