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USS Enterprise Moves as Shipyard Continues Work
May 12, 2017
by Hugh Lessig
NEWPORT NEWS -- Newport News Shipbuilding recently moved the former USS Enterprise to a different area of the yard to continue work on its inactivation and eventual towing out of Hampton Roads.
Tugboats guided the world's first nuclear-powered carrier from a dry dock to Pier 2, said company spokeswoman Christie Miller.
Shipbuilders have completed all dry dock-related work, and moving it to the pier will allow the shipyard to complete the remaining tasks involved with inactivation. That includes closing compartments and preparation work related to dismantling and towing, Miller said.
The move has an added benefit: It frees up the dry dock for arrival of the USS George Washington, which is due in Newport News later this year to begin its mid-life overhaul.
The Enterprise, one of the country's most storied ships, is destined for recycling, but the Navy hasn't settled on a final plan.
Nuclear-powered warships currently go to their final resting place at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Washington state. However, the Navy has considered alternatives for the Enterprise.
In August 2016, it requested proposals from private industry on recycling the ship. But the Navy announced in February that it had canceled the proposal and had not decided on a preferred approach. It will place the ship in temporary storage until a decision is reached.
There has been no word on a temporary storage location or when the Navy will settle on a plan. Naval Sea Systems Command is still gathering information, spokesman Bill Couch said.
The ship, designed and manufactured at the Newport News shipyard, was decommissioned in February, formally ending more than 50 years of service to the country.
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Photo caption: USS Enterprise teams through the Atlantic Ocean during final preparations for their Mediterranean Deployment. (U. S. Navy photo/Lance Cpl. Rubin Tan)
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