U.S. Navy still can’t figure out how to dispose carrier Enterprise

The U.S. Navy issued a request for proposal last year asking the industry on how to dispose non-nuclear portions of USS Enterprise. It has since recalled the request after determining that it requires more time to decide on the best option.

USS Enterprise makes its final voyage. (9100691233)
By Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of America Photo by John Whalen/U.S. Navy (USS Enterprise makes its final voyage.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The service said more information needs to be gathered so that the recycling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier can be carried out in a “more technically executable, environmentally responsible” fashion.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) also disclosed that three options are being considered now: having private companies recycle non-nuclear portions of the ship; recycling the whole ship including the nuclear reactors; or just simply defer the move till a later date.

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