Ships Named Enterprise: For More Than 240 Years, They’ve Boldly Served America’s Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division During the Dec. 1, 2012 inactivation ceremony of CVN-65, the eighth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Enterprise, then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the legacy of “Big E” would continue, officially naming the third Gerald …