Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles Sponsor USS Enterprise

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 7

August 28th, 2017 News, Video

It’s only right that one of America’s most dominant forces in the pool team up with one of it’s most powerful forces in the sea: a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Late last week, Katie Ledecky, along with decorated gymnast Simone Biles, was on site for the new USS Enterprise’s steel-cutting ceremony. The event took place at the Newport News Shipbuilding headquarters in Newport News, Virginia.

Each athlete signed a steel plate that will become part of the new aircraft carrier, and received a tour of the facility.

Ledecky told reporters that she left a note with her signature, which reads: “‘Thank you for your bravery and our freedom.”

She also said, “The people that serve our country are the real heroes. Just to give back and to be able to sponsor a ship that will have some of my heroes on it is such an amazing feeling.”

The superstars are likely the first Olympians to ever sponsor a ship of this kind. Past sponsors have included American diplomat Caroline Kennedy and Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford.

Usually, ship sponsors make appearances throughout the ship-building progression for milestone events, like christening and commissioning. In the past, sponsors have even tried their hand at construction. Biles said that they hope to come back at some point if their busy training schedules allow.

The USS Enterprise should be delivered to the Navy in 2028, and will be the ninth carrier to bear the name.

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Joseph Little
1 year ago

Slight correction, the USS Enterprise will the be 9th ship in the US navy to be named Enterprise, the 3rd aircraft carrier given that name.

Sherry Field
Reply to  Joseph Little
5 months ago

I came here to say this.

Tea rex
6 years ago

The USS Enterprise will be able to travel from San Francisco to Tokyo in two hours. And do back flips.

Jim C
Reply to  Tea rex
6 years ago

Fortunately at 2570 mph that is still less than the underwater speed of sound. It seems to me that something as large as an aircraft carrier breaking the underwater sound barrier could have an undesirable environmental impact.

6 years ago

They are just the right people to honor a ship (and vice versa)! Good thinking, whoever thought of it. Ledecky and Biles have put in more plain hard work than even the Presidential daughters who preceded them.

willy beeman
Reply to  MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
6 years ago

I wonder how much it costs to sponsor an aircraft carrier!

Reply to  willy beeman
6 years ago


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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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