24
Sep
08

To boldly go where many ships have gone before

The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), launched today in 1960. She’s the eighth ship in the US Navy to bear the name.

The launch happened six years before the TV show “Star Trek” took her name into space, so Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew didn’t attend. (Although they ultimately visited the ship during after time-traveling back to 1986 Earth in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

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