Note: Each squadron is listed with its normal aircraft complement, insignia if available , as well as its commanding officers. Carrier-based air group naming conventions changed over the course of the war, reflecting changes in Navy command structure and security policies. Squadrons in each air group were numbered with the hull number of the ship. Particularly during the hectic first year of the war, squadrons were frequently deployed wherever they were most needed, be it another carrier or an airfield, such as Guadalcanal's Henderson Field. During the Guadalcanal campaign, most squadrons began receiving mail addressed to their own Fleet Post Office FPO address, and not in care of the ship on which they served. As this policy began to take effect, squadron designations changed from for example Enterprise Air Group to Air Group Six.
She was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Enterprise had a crew of some 4, service members. The name has been adopted by the future Gerald R. Enterprise was intended as the first of a class of six carriers, but massive increases in construction costs led to the remaining vessels being cancelled.