Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has successfully redelivered the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier
, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy after
an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The redelivery took place May 7 after successful sea trials.
"This accomplishment is the result of a lot of hard work by the shipbuilders of Northrop Grumman Newport News and by the Navy," said Bob Gunter
, senior vice president, Aircraft Carrier Programs, Northrop Grumman Newport News. "We've pulled together as a team to get this ship back into the fleet where it will continue to protect and serve
Work during the EDSRA included routine dry dock work, tank blasting and coating, hull preservation, propulsion and ship system
repairs and limited enhancements to various hull, mechanical and
The work took place at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth,
Va. Newport News coordinated this availability with Norfolk Naval
Shipyard, which was responsible for a portion of the work performed.
"Everyone serving aboard Enterprise is thrilled to be back at
sea," said Capt. Eric Neidlinger
, Enterprise's commanding officer.
"Sixteen months of long, hard work by the dedicated professionals of
Northrop Grumman Newport News, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and ship's force
personnel find Enterprise in her best condition in decades. Thanks to
all those who put in the long hours during this shipyard period,
Enterprise heads to sea ready to take its place at the vanguard of
Enterprise was launched at Newport News in 1960 and has been
defending the United States
for more than 41 years. The ship and its
battle group were most recently deployed in the Middle East
as part of
Operation Enduring Freedom. Enterprise is 1,101 feet 2 inches with a
flight deck width of 252 feet and a displacement of 89,600 tons. It
can travel in excess of 30 knots.