USS Enterprise inactivated in Norfolk | WJLA.com It's sad to see such a storied ship prepared to be dismantled (they have to essentially rip the ship apart to decommision her 8 nuclear reactors). My wife is a Nuclear Engineer and I'm an Aeronautical Engineer, so we are both a little sentimental towards this ship. Also, my cousin's dad was an officer on her back in the '80's. But, there is some good news. The Secretary of the Navy, during the inactivation ceremony, made the announcement that CVN-80 will be the next USS Enterprise!