Friday, September 24, 2010

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is 49 today

At least if counting from launch (not operational) date. The Big E is our first Nuclear carrier, and is expected to be decommissioned in 2013. If it does, it would have had served for 51 straight years. This is what a mobile piece of US sovereign soil looks like:

040614-N-0119G-020

Here’s a handy size chart to try to visualize just how big it really is, courtesy of Wikipedia:

EnterpriseSizeComparison

Enterprise compared to large ships and buildings:
USS Enterprise, 342 m
The Pentagon, 431 m
RMS Queen Mary 2, 345 m
Hindenburg, 245 m
Yamato, 263 m
Empire State Building, 443 m
Knock Nevis, ex-Seawise Giant, 458 m