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The briefing room in The Next Generation has a variety of starship models on the wall, presumably of different classes of Starfleet ships. But why is (what looks like) an aircraft carrier included with the models? (In the screenshot, the aircraft carrier is on the lowest row, furthest to the right)

Enterprise Briefing Room Models

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Those are all ships throughout history that have been named Enterprise. We see, that we know of, ships from the original series and movies on that wall. We do not see the NX-01, since that had not been thought of at that point. The aircraft carrier is the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), which currently has a home port in Norfolk, VA, USA.

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    Is the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the wall? Ok, it never flew, but...
    – draks ...
    May 7 '12 at 7:04
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    @draks: Technically, the shuttle Enterprise flew. Just never under its own power and it never took off. But I remember watching on TV when they detached it for the first time and let it glide to Earth. Gliders fly all the time -- just not with their own power.
    – Tango
    May 7 '12 at 8:57
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    Point of fact: The Enterprise was the nuclear carrier Chekov and Uhura boarded in Star Trek IV. But the scenes in (and of) the ship used the non-nuclear USS Ranger.
    – Plutor
    May 7 '12 at 11:52
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    If Star Trek had been made by Lucas, he would have gone in digitally for the re-release and added the NX-01, the XCV-330, the 5 sailing ships, the second aircraft carrier Enterprise, and any other ship ever bearing that name up through the NCC-1701D
    – BBlake
    May 7 '12 at 14:48
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    @Gieron: It certainly was (and still is) "a real space shuttle", despite the fact it never flew in space. It would have been pretty useless as a test vehicle if it weren't "a real space shuttle". May 2 '15 at 3:56
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Gene Roddenberry's obsession with the Navy. The ship display chronicles past ships named Enterprise. There were 14 British Navy ships named Enterprise in 300 years 9 in the US Navy (including two Aircraft carriers) One space shuttle One XCV prototype warp vessel One NX class (Not named with USS prefix) And Five Federation Starships (Enterprise A-E, not including F and J, as those vessels have not made canonical apperances, the Enterprise J was the result of a future event) enter image description here

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