USS Enterprise (CV-6): The big “E” or the “Grey Ghost”
The name of Enterprise has been often used in the United States Navy at least 7 other ships. The USS Enterprise CV-6 was also friendly called the “Big E”.
Historically, it was the sixth aircraft carrier in the US Navy and belonged to the Yorktown-class of carriers. This carrier was launched in 1936 and succeeded to survive the world. In contrast, the others two, the Saratoga and Ranger, that were commissioned before the Pacific War started, did not survive the war.
The ship joined the most critical battles in the pacific war including the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She earned 20 battle stars and it is still the most decorated ship of the world.
Several times, the Japanese announced that they had sunk the Enterprise (at least three occasions). She was referred as the grey ghost. Here we present one of the most detailed timeline on the USS Enterprise CV-6.