January 4, 2013

Enterprise, the final salute to the first nuclear carrier

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 NORFOLK, VA. The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has been retired from active service in the U.S. Navy.

The Big E, as it is known to sailors and shipbuilders, was the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Newport News-built ship was commissioned on Nov. 25, 1961, and it's a giant even by aircraft carrier standards, at 1,123-feet long and with eight nuclear reactors,


On December 1, the US Navy retired the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) - the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier - after a remarkable 51 years of service.
USS Enterprise Retired


At the same time, the Navy announced that the third Ford-class supercarrier (CVN-80), due to be completed around 2025, will be named Enterprise.



The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career on Saturday during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

With the inactivation, the U.S. fleet is temporarily reduced to 10 aircraft carriers while the USS Gerald R. Ford is built. It will join the fleet in 2015.


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History

Six ships of the United States Navy have been named Enterprise:
  • USS Enterprise (1799) 12-gun schooner / 14-gun brig (17 December 1799 – 9 July 1823), the third ship to bear this name, was built as schooner, and later rerigged as a brig. She fired the first shots in the First Barbary War against the Tripolitanian shipTripoli
  • USS Enterprise (1831) 10-gun schooner (15 December 1831 – 24 June 1844), the fourth ship to bear this name
  • USS Enterprise (1874) barque-rigged screw sloop (16 March 1877 – 1 October 1909), the fifth ship to bear this name
  • USS Enterprise (SP-790) motor yacht (1917–1919), the sixth ship to bear this name, was non-commissioned, serving in the Second Naval District during World War I
  • USS Enterprise (CV-6) Yorktown-class aircraft carrier (12 May 1938 – 17 February 1947), the seventh ship to bear this name, served with unparalleled distinction in World War II, becoming the most-decorated vessel in the history of the U.S. Navy.
  • USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Enterprise-class aircraft carrier (25 November 1961 – Present), the eighth ship to bear this name, is a unique design, and the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. It is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2013.
  • USS Enterprise (CVN-80) "Ford"-class aircraft carrier, the ninth ship to bear the name. As of June 6, 2011, there was a petition circulating online to eventually name CVN-80 as "USSEnterprise".[1]. On 1 December 2012, at the decommissioning of CVN-65, the Secretary of the Navy announced that CVN-80 would be named USS Enterprise. [2]




June 8, 2012

Russian Defence Lasers

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Russia is not letting the US weaponize space without a fight. When the US Airborne Laser weapon (Being YAL-1) R&D was canceled after 16 years it did not mean the laser race was over.  Russian begins deploying laser air defence weapons. There are three theories that may advance why Russia is interested in laser based air defence: The first being the defence of Russian sovereignty from US stealth, high altitude and hypersonic planes like the F-22, X-37B and X-43A all immune to conventional defences. The second being Russian economic benefit from the sale of defensive weapon to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation of states. And lastly to maintain geopolitical balance with the United States.



February 27, 2012

By 2020, Russia' ICBM arsenal could be reduce by over 400 missiles

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Moscow (IANS) Feb 21, 2012 - Russia's armed forces will receive over 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), more than 100 military spacecraft and over 2,300 new tanks within the next 10 years, Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin said. This number will also include "over 600 modern aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters, more than a thousand helicopters, 28 regimental sets of S-400 (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air missile systems, 38 division sets of Vityaz air defense systems, 10 brigade sets of Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, more than 2,300 modern tanks, some 2,000 self-propelled artillery systems and guns, as well as more than 17,000 military vehicles". [READ]