U.S. Navy Rear Adm.
Thomas Stavridis told reporters Friday that the Navy’s first nuclear- powered aircraft carrier will be commissioned in 2021.
“I think that’s the big news right now,” he said.
“This carrier will replace the [Naval Aircraft Carrier] Enterprise.
We’ve seen the Enterprise in the water and we’ve seen it in combat.
I think we’re looking at a new kind of carrier.”
Stavrimis, a Navy historian, was referring to the Enterprise, which was decommissioned in 2012 and was rebuilt in 2021 by the Navy to be an aircraft carrier.
It was the first Navy carrier to undergo major refits since the Navy retired its fleet of nuclear-armed attack submarines in 1991.
The Navy has ordered five more ships for the fleet, including two new nuclear- and land-based aircraft carriers.
The four carriers are expected to be completed in 2021 and 2025, according to Stavrids’ announcement.
The new carriers are intended to replace the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, which retired in 2020.