USS Enterprise: Wikis


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USS Enterprise may refer to the following specific vessels:


United States of America

With respect to watercraft, the prefix "USS" or "U.S.S." (meaning "United States Ship") is only lawfully applied to and used for ships commissioned by and for the United States Navy. The term has been erroneously used by civilians in referring to other vessels of United States private citizen commission.

Continental Navy

Two ships of the Continental Navy were named Enterprise:

  • USS Enterprise (1775) armed sloop (18 May 1775 – 7 July 1777), the first American ship to bear the name served on Lake Champlain
  • Enterprise (1776) schooner (20 December 1776 – February 1777), the second American ship to bear this name served on Chesapeake Bay during the Revolutionary War.

United States Navy

Six ships of the United States Navy have been named Enterprise:

  • USS Enterprise (1799) 12-gun schooner / 14-gun brig (17 December 1799 – 9 July 1823), the third ship to bear this name, was built as schooner, and later rerigged as a brig. She fired the first shots in the First Barbary War against the Tripolitanian ship Tripoli
  • USS Enterprise (1831) 10-gun schooner (15 December 1831 – 24 June 1844), the fourth ship to bear this name
  • USS Enterprise (1874) barque-rigged screw sloop (16 March 1877 – 1 October 1909), the fifth ship to bear this name
  • Enterprise (SP-790) motor yacht (1917–1919), the sixth ship to bear this name, was non-commissioned, serving in the Second Naval District during World War I
  • USS Enterprise (CV-6) Yorktown-class aircraft carrier (12 May 1938 – 17 February 1947), the seventh ship to bear this name, was the most-decorated U.S. Navy vessel of World War II
  • USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Enterprise-class aircraft carrier (25 November 1961 – Present), the eighth ship to bear this name, is a unique design, and the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier in the world. Currently scheduled to be decommissioned in 2013.
U.S. Navy building
  • USS Enterprise (BLDG 7115), commissioned building (27 May 2005 – Present), this recruit barracks is a building the Navy treats like a ship for training purposes.

Other American vessels

  • Enterprise (balloon), a balloon used by the Union Army during the American Civil War.
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101), the first Space Shuttle Orbiter, used for test flights in earth atmosphere, landing procedures, and ground tests between 1975 and 1985.
  • TS Kennedy (T-AK-5059), the formerly TS Enterprise, USNS Cape Bon, and SS Stella Lykes, currently a training ship at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, named after the 1874 Enterprise which was also the Academy’s first training ship.

Star Trek

In the Star Trek universe, there have been a number of starships named Enterprise:

From licensed Star Trek fiction and notable unlicensed films:

  • USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (late 24th century) from the novel Imzadi and the Millennium trilogy of Star Trek novels
  • USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-M) Constitution class (2306—) a museum ship from the Tim Russ production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

See also

  • VSS Enterprise, the first commercial spaceship being constructed by Virgin Galactic.

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