More information has emerged on the future USS Enterprise, set to sail in 2025.
CVN-80, the third ship of the new Gerald R. Ford-class carriers, will carry the historic name.
The latest USS Enterprise will be the ninth ship bearing that name.
“The USS Enterprise was the first of its kind, and for fifty-one years its name has been synonymous with boldness, readiness and an adventurous spirit,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray 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 Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet,” said a Navy press release. “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.”