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U.S. Navy Will Dismantle Carrier USS Enterprise at a Commercial Shipyard

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For more than a decade, the U.S. Navy has been mulling options for disposing of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and her eight nuclear reactors. On Tuesday, the service announced that it has reached a decision: Enterprise will be disassembled at a private shipyard, freeing up much-needed drydock space at the Navy's own public yards for repairing vessels in active service

The winning yard has not yet been selected, but the Navy is considering options in three locations: Newport News, Virginia; Brownsville, Texas; and Mobile, Alabama. Of the three, Brownsville is the only port with a ship-recycling specialist experienced in disposing of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. 

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