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A deeper connection Newport News Shipbuilding is the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the economic engine that drives Hampton Roads, but there is something unique and special about the work done there that goes well beyond numbers. It is easily visible as the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is prepared for "inactivation." Workers at the shipyards are readying for the eventual dismantling and recycling of the vessel by removing spent fuel from the nuclear reactors before it travels to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 2016. But, since this is the Enterprise — a veteran ship with more than 50 years of service — the...