USS Enterprise was launched in 1936, and one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger). She participated in more major actions of the war against Japan than did any other US ship. She earned 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II.
USS Enterprise, designated CV-6 and affectionately called Big E, was the sole surviving Yorktown class aircraft carrier. Her keel was laid down on 16 July 1934 and she was launched on 3 October 1936. Along with USS Saratoga and USS Ranger, she is one of the only pre-WWII carriers to survive the war, and is the most decorated ship of WWII.
The newly launched Forrestal Class USS Independence (CVA-62) alongside the last Yorktown Class aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVS-6) decommissioned and awaiting disposal at the New York Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1958