USA — Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to U.S. Navy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) suc­cess­ful­ly rede­liv­ered the world’s first nuclear-pow­ered air­craft car­ri­er, USS Enter­prise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy today. The rede­liv­ery fol­lows the com­ple­tion of an Extend­ed Dry­dock Select­ed Restrict­ed Avail­abil­i­ty (EDSRA). The project is the ship’s last dry dock­ing before deac­ti­va­tion and was per­formed by the company’s Ship­build­ing sec­tor in New­port News, Va.

 USS Enterprise (CVN 65) USS Enterprise and her crew
Northrop Grum­man suc­cess­ful­ly rede­liv­ered the world’s first nuclear-pow­ered air­craft car­ri­er, USS Enter­prise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy today, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of an Extend­ed Dry­dock Select­ed Restrict­ed Avail­abil­i­ty (EDSRA).
Source: Pho­to by Chris Oxley
The Northrop Grum­man Ship­build­ing tug boat Hunt­ing­ton sprayed water out of respect for USS Enter­prise and her crew, as the car­ri­er returned from suc­cess­ful sea tri­als on April 19.
Source: Northrop Grumman

“Enter­prise is an extreme­ly com­plex ship that required an extra­or­di­nary effort on the part of the ship­build­ing team and the ship’s crew to get her through the avail­abil­i­ty and back in the fight,” said Capt. Ron Hor­ton, Enterprise’s com­mand­ing offi­cer. “The rela­tion­ships that were built between my crew and the ship­build­ing team will last a life­time. This tru­ly was an amaz­ing per­for­mance by every­one, and it has been the high­light of my career to have been a part of it.” 

The car­ri­er, which depart­ed for sea tri­als on April 17, returned to Naval Sta­tion Nor­folk today fly­ing a broom on its mast to sig­ni­fy a clean sweep and a suc­cess­ful sea tri­al. Sea tri­als are con­duct­ed to test sys­tems, com­po­nents and demon­strate oper­a­tions at sea. The tri­als also include high-speed runs and a demon­stra­tion of the carrier’s oth­er capabilities. 

“Enter­prise is a very spe­cial ship to us. She’s our first nuclear-pow­ered air­craft car­ri­er and this main­te­nance peri­od was anoth­er his­toric chap­ter in her life,” said David Long, Enter­prise pro­gram direc­tor for Northrop Grum­man Ship­build­ing. “This avail­abil­i­ty could not have been com­plet­ed so suc­cess­ful­ly with­out the tal­ent, ded­i­ca­tion and team­work of our ship­builders, CVN 65 crew mem­bers, Sup­ship and Navsea per­son­nel, and our sup­pli­ers. We pulled togeth­er as an inte­grat­ed team to take on the unique chal­lenges pre­sent­ed by this one-of-a-kind, 48-year-old ship and are return­ing her to the fleet ready to exe­cute her crit­i­cal mis­sions around the globe. This is a proud and his­toric moment for us all, see­ing her leave for her last sea trial.” 

Work dur­ing the EDSRA includ­ed dry dock­ing work, tank blast­ing and coat­ing, hull preser­va­tion, propul­sion and ship sys­tem repairs and lim­it­ed enhance­ments to var­i­ous hull, mechan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal systems. 

USS Enter­prise is the world’s first nuclear-pow­ered air­craft car­ri­er and the only ship of its class. It was built by New­port News and joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet in 1961. Northrop Grum­man has been respon­si­ble for accom­plish­ing the major­i­ty of sched­uled and emer­gent main­te­nance on USS Enter­prise since 1994. 

Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny whose 120,000 employ­ees pro­vide inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts, and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, ship­build­ing and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers worldwide. 

Press release
Northrop Grumman

Lau­ren A. Green
Northrop Grum­man Ship­build­ing
(757) 380‑3581

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