USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

The First Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier

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About the Book

The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Her story spans 51 years (1961–2012) of active service from the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis to the first global cruise by nuclear-powered ships to the first strikes during the Vietnam War, battles against the Iranians and Iraqis in the 1980s and 1990s, a pivotal role during 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism, and hunting pirates off the Horn of Africa.
More than just an operational history of Enterprise, this book recounts the experiences of the men and women who served on board—the pilots who flew from the flight deck, the men who fought to save the ship during a fire in 1969, the sailors who brought retribution against Al-Qaeda terrorists—with detailed descriptions of sorties through flak-filled skies and harrowing escapes from capture behind enemy lines.

About the Author(s)

Mark L. Evans is a historian and veteran who researched and wrote hundreds of the histories of the Navy’s ships and submarines for the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, as well as several books and multiple articles. He lives in Northern Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Mark L. Evans
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 170 photos, appendices, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8686-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4470-7
Imprint: McFarland