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Book: USS Enterprise (CVA(N)/CVN-65 - The World's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
Book: USS Enterprise (CVA(N)/CVN-65 - The World's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier


 
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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) – Big E - was an icon of her time. During her 51 years of service in the United States Navy she lived up to her name and achieved many “first” and “only” accolades. “Big” described not only her physical size but also alluded to her spirit and stature in the eyes of the navy, US citizens, and countless admirers from around the globe. This ship, like no other, had a soul that defined her as special to her many crew and to her nation.

   This book comprehensively describes the spirit, structure, function, and roles of Enterprise and of her sailors and airmen, those special men and
women who sparked life into the cold iron. Big E sailed the seven seas for over half a century, completing 25 major deployments and serving in
every US fleet. She represented the United States in almost every major naval operation from 1961, starting with the Cuban missile crisis and
ending with Operation Enduring Freedom. She was first on station in the Arabian Sea following the September 11 attack on the United States
in 2001. Big E sailed through five decades of major world geo-political and societal changes and technological growth, participating in the Cold
War, Vietnam, and lastly the war on terror, and ushering in the integration of women into navy crew, and computers and satellite communications into daily routine. She led the way of a new navy, even towards the end of her service life, always demonstrating incredible adaptability.

   With a focus on the design, construction, and early technologies that made Big E unique, this book also highlights the personalities behind the ship, including the enigmatic father of the nuclear navy, Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, and the skippers who, under his close eye, were entrusted to operate the most complex nuclear plant in existence. Full disclosure of the layout of Enterprise, the organization of the crew, the complexity of electronic combat systems, the air wings she hosted, and the manner in which she operated is discussed in an evolutionary sense. Enterprise in 2012 was a very different platform to when she was first operational in the early 1960s. Every deployment is described in detail, with many narratives inter-woven, and over 400 photographs illustrate the ship’s proud history. There is a comprehensive summary and tabling of each deployment, air wing attachment, combat system
architecture, maintenance overhaul period, and of significant mishaps and losses. Every detail of this magnificent ship has been covered, creating a deserving memorial to Big E, and to those who served on her.

   With Foreward by VADM Vincent de Poix, USN (Ret),  Midword by ADM James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret), and Afterword by CAPT William C. Hamilton Jr., USN, this is truly a collector's book. If you ever served onboard the Enterprise, or just have a fascination with nuclear-power, this is the book for you. (696 pages)

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