The Worlds First Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier Shut Down Reactors

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The Enterprise is the Navy’s second-oldest ship, after the USS Constitution. It has participated in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis, and its airplanes targeted insurgents in Afghanistan during its last deployment. The USS Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia

Facts:

Displacement: 93,284 long tons (94,781 t) Full Load[2]
Length: 1,123 ft (342 m)[3][4]
Beam: 132.8 ft (40.5 m) (waterline)
Draft: 39 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: 8 × Westinghouse A2W nuclear reactors
Speed: 33.6 kn (38.7 mph; 62.2 km/h)
Complement: 5,828 (maximum)
Ship’s company: 3,000 (2,700 Sailors, 150 Chiefs, 150 Officers)
Air wing: 1,800 (250 pilots, and 1,550 support personnel)

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credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

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