The Navy plans to decide by late 2022 how to dispose of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and likely will turn to the private sector for help, documents show.

The former USS Enterprise, now rusted and gutted, sits pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Newport News shipyard, where it was built and launched amid great fanfare more than 50 years ago.

It remains to be seen whether HII will be involved in disposal of the Big E. The Navy has scheduled a public meeting June 18 in Newport News to hear comments on different options as it develops an environmental impact statement.

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To help expand its fleet of aircraft carriers, the Navy could purchase two ships at once. That’s on the table right now.

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The Navy and Newport News Shipbuilding have officially pulled the plug on the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, ending a painstaking, never-before-done process that began several years ago.

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AP photo by Matt York

Veterans hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina compiled faulty scheduling information that understated how long patients actually wait to see a doctor, a new audit says.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King

Jim Voorhies keeps coming back to the USS Enterprise.

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