It was — and still is — the LONGEST naval craft EVER BUILT!
That it still holds that record is amazing.
The ‘Big E’. I was 7-years old when this was launched. I think I remember hearing about it in Ceylon.
Was NOT the first nuclear-powered naval vessel. That was, of course, the USS Nautilus, launched 5-years earlier.
That the ‘Big-E’ still remains the longest naval vessel is worth thinking about.
Other thing interesting is that was the 6th USS Enterprise — superseding CV-6, an aircraft carrier too, that had served during WW II — up until 1947.
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