USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Claim to fame: Longest naval vessel ever constructed.
Launched in 1960, "Big E" was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and to this day remains the longest naval vessel in the world. In service for 51 consecutive years, she is the longest-serving US aircraft carrier in history. The Enterprise has been undergoing decommissioning since 2012.
Also worthy of mention is her predecessor, the USS Enterprise (CV-6). Launched in 1936, the US Navy's seventh Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, making her the most decorated US ship of WW2. She earned the nickname "The Grey Ghost" after three separate reports by the Japanese during the Pacific War that she had been sunk.
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