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Old 12-02-2012, 01:45 PM
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The article headline might be a little bit misleading--the next two carriers have already been named, the USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy--but with some luck, the new USS Enterprise (CVN-80) could be in service by 2025 (or 2027 if the Department of Navy has its way).

She will be the third of the new Ford-class supercarriers, equipped with electric-powered catapults (rather than the current steam-powered system), improved weapons and radar, a more advanced reactor design, as well as a bunch of new automated systems that will enable her to operate with a few hundred fewer crewmembers than current carriers do.

In any case, the Enterprise name will live on.
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