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.
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.
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.