NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has completed the inactivation of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 65).

As part of the complex process that began in 2013, more than 1,000 shipbuilders defueled Enterprise’s eight nuclear reactors, inactivated its propulsion systems and prepared its hull for final tow. Newport News Shipbuilding completed the inactivation base work in December 2017, and the government contracting office review and certification of the paperwork has just been completed. The ship will remain at Newport News to complete post-inactivation work to prepare the ship for storage in the Hampton Roads area until a disposal plan is determined by the U.S. Navy.

“This is bittersweet moment for us,” said Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. “Enterprise has meant so much to Newport News Shipbuilding and the men and women who helped cement her place in history. With all of the lessons we learned from inactivating the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in our company’s 130-year history, we look forward to bringing that knowledge to the inactivation of the Nimitz class of aircraft carriers, beginning with CVN 68 in 2025.”

Built by Newport News shipbuilders and christened in September 1960, Enterprise provided a record 51 consecutive years of service to the Navy. The only one of its class, the aircraft carrier aided in the Cuban Missile Crisis and operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, as well as naval maritime security operations.

The ship was decommissioned on Feb. 3, 2017.

Newport News Shipbuilding currently is performing advance construction on the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the legendary name. Award of the CVN 80 detail design and construction contract is anticipated in 2018.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (May 4, 2015) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was moved Saturday from Pier 2 at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division to her original birthplace, Dry Dock 11. Newport News employees will continue the defueling process in the dry dock under the current inactivation contract.

Six tugboats guided the ship about one mile to its new location. More than 200 shipbuilders assisted with the ship’s relocation, a two-and-a-half-hour effort. Work will continue in the dry dock until the fall of 2016.

“Our shipbuilders and Navy partners continue to work closely as we accomplish this truly unique contract,” said Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. “Our shipbuilders’ slogan for the inactivation of the USS Enterprise is ‘Honor a Legend.’ The pride the shipbuilder and Navy team have in being part of this legendary ship’s history is demonstrated every day as they safely complete each step of this challenging work.”

The first super carrier powered by nuclear reactors, USS Enterprise is also the first to undergo an inactivation, which includes defueling the ship’s eight reactors and preparing the hull for its final dismantlement.

USS Enterprise was built at Newport News and joined the Navy’s fleet in 1961. The ship aided in the Cuban Missile Crisis and operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, as well as naval maritime security operations.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

MEDIA ADVISORY, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

 

What:

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to return to Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) with shipbuilders on board.

  

When:

8 a.m. Thursday, June 20

  

Where:

Meet in Victory Landing Park behind the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and

 

Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) building, located at 2401 West Ave. In Newport News, Va.

 

Parking will be reserved for media that RSVPs in the VASCIC parking deck, first floor, immediate left.

  

Attire:

Media who wish to go on Pier 2 in the shipyard must wear long pants, shirts

 

with sleeves covering shoulders, and sturdy, close-toed, close-heeled shoes.

  

Schedule:

For media who wish to cover the ship’s approach, please arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.

 

Photos may be taken from the park unescorted.

  
 

For media who wish to be transported to Pier 2 in the yard to witness Enterprise‘s arrival and interview shipbuilders as they disembark, please meet in front of VASCIC no later than 8:15 a.m. Although disembarkation is not expected until 10 a.m., there will be only one bus leaving VASCIC for Pier 2 at 8:15 a.m.

  
 

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, June 18:

 

Christie Miller, Huntington Ingalls Industries

 

(757) 380-3581

 

[email protected]

With a famous 50-year career as the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will come full circle, returning to the shipyard that built her for the first inactivation of an aircraft carrier. About 100 shipbuilders who helped construct and maintain the ship over her lifetime will ride aboard for her final voyage, and the whistles and horns of docked ships and NNS will blow to honor “Big E’s” return.

About Huntington Ingalls

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers. For more information, visit:

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