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A big day for the "Big E" and the Newport News shipyard

A big day for the "Big E" and the Newport News shipyard

One of American history's most famous ships took up the torch from seven illustrious namesakes on Sept. 24, 1960 when the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was launched at Newport News Shipyard. Among its distinguished  forebears were several noted warships from the age of sail as well as the most decorated aircraft carrier of World War II -- and the "Big E" added to that  honor roll by becoming the first nuclear-powered vessel of its kind as well as a signature achievement for Hampton Roads and the yard. As Newport News historian William A. Fox notes in "Always Good Ships," virtually everything about what was then the largest fighting ship in the world was...

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