Armed Forces: The Mightiest Ever

"This great ship will rule for a long, long time as 'Queen of the Seas.' " With these words, Navy Secretary John B. Connally last week commissioned the CVA (N) 65, U.S.S. Enterprise, the world's first nuclear aircraft carrier and the mightiest ship ever to put to sea.

Every adjective about the Enterprise seems to be a superlative. Displacing 85,350 tons, it is the biggest ship in the world, surpasses the Queen Elizabeth by 8,000 tons and costs an estimated $500 million. From stem to stern, the Enterprise measures 1,040 ft.—roughly the height of the 102-story Empire State Building. Yet the...

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