FYI: the other thread about the current one retiring was removed. I closed it down because of political discussion but almost every post had to be edited, so I nuked it. Sorry political discussions are not appropriate for the STO boards.
The CVN-65 herself was named for a carrier in WW2, which had the distinction of being the ONLY operational carrier in the Pacific Theater at one point, all the rest in dock being repaired or sunk. The brave actions of her crew inspired someone named Gene Rodenberry to name the spaceship in the TV show he was writing "Enterprise." Many important plot details over the years paid homage to the original WW2 carrier... How many times has our favorite ship and crew been the "only ship in range?"
I am mangling Captain Picard's quote here, but I am gratified that history will not soon forget the name Enterprise and that the legacy honoring the crew of the WW2 carrier will continue.
VORTA: I have heard disturbing reports -- we were told that you are grinding up Jem'Hadar exchange officers in a blender and turning them into training manuals?
STARFLEET CAPTAIN: Lies, I assure you. We would never do such a thing. It's really more of a giant press than a blender.