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psiameese 11-04-2012 12:04 PM

U.S. Carrier, Enterprise, Headed to Scrapyard


So the ship, all 90,000 tons of it will be cut up and the metal sold for scrap.

But that doesn't mean the name Enterprise will fade from U.S. Navy history. There have been seven other warships to bear that name and there is already a petition to name a yet-to-be-built carrier the ninth USS Enterprise.

rrincy 11-04-2012 12:10 PM

Always a shame to see great ships go :( guess they cant preserve everything as a museum ship

lordmalak1 11-04-2012 12:22 PM

Aloha old friend, had many good memories aboard her as well as tragedy. The ship may be disappearing, but the name will live on forever.


crashdragon 11-04-2012 12:26 PM

She wasn't only a ship, she was a nuclear wessal............nuclear wessal...........hello we are looking for a nuclear wessal.

The weople of the 20th wentry are wot wery welpful. :(

centersolace 11-04-2012 05:22 PM

Awwww.... tis sad news indeed. Farewell old friend. :(

khayuung 11-04-2012 05:31 PM


No matter happened, she always brought her crew home.

Bon Voyage, Enterprise. We'll miss you, and hope the next Enterprise will be just as memorable.

fencer8 11-04-2012 05:35 PM

So the big E is to retire due to metal fatigue, or is it an other reason?

khayuung 11-04-2012 06:00 PM

I think it was something to do with the reactors' lifespan. 50 years is a long time for a nuclear reactor built in the 1950s.

Maybe the next one will have a warp core instead. ;)

eldarion79 11-04-2012 06:27 PM

The Enterprise was extremely expensive to operate and the reactors were not as efficient in comparison to the Nimitz-class. Hopefully, the CVN-80 will be named as the new Enterprise or one of the new America-class LHAs.

maxvitor 11-04-2012 07:42 PM

She was an old ship, radiation does strange things to metal alloys and after a time its just too dangerous to operate.
I'm surprised though, being the worlds first nuclear aircraft carrier should entitle her to a better fate than the scrap heap, time will tell but it would surprise me if no effort is made to save her that fate. It wouldn't be the first time that the Navy tried to scrap a ship only to have it saved by public and private sector efforts.

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