September 24,1960:




The first nuclear-powered, aircraft carrier 'USS Enterprise' was launched at Newport News of Virginia in the United States of America on 24th September 1960. It was the first carrier of its kind, CVN-65, nicknamed Big E, powered solely by its eight nuclear reactors.


The Enterprise didn't need to carry its own fuel oil and had more room for aircraft and weapons, with nuclear power to propel it. With a 250-foot-wide flight deck and 93,970 tons displacement, the ship measured in at 1,120 feet and relied on a crew of 5,700 members and carried 70 to 90 planes routinely.


All this came with a price of around $451.3 million (equivalent to $3.3 billion in today's money) and ended up being the only ship in its class.

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