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USS Enterprise ends last voyage
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Posted on 11/04/2012 2:24:57 PM PST by Sub-Driver

USS Enterprise ends last voyage By: Associated Press November 4, 2012 03:20 PM EST

The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ended its remarkable career at sea on Sunday when it pulled into its home port for the final time after participating in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The USS Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. The ship will never move on its own power again and will eventually be scrapped in Washington state, making its final voyage a sentimental one for those who have sailed aboard “The Big E.”

Copies of the ship’s daily newspaper, “The Shuttle,” were in short supply as sailors looked for memorabilia to take with them. Countless personal photos were taken by sailors throughout the ship as it approached shore.

“It’s exceptionally emotional and exceptionally satisfying,” Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of the Enterprise Strike Group, said as Naval Station Norfolk came into view and his sailors manned the rails.

However, Carter is the first to say that the Enterprise’s final deployment was anything but a sentimental victory lap. The ships’ fighter planes flew more than 2,200 combat sorties and dropped 56 bombs in Afghanistan while supporting U.S. and international ground troops. In a show of force to Iran, the ship also passed through the strategic Strait of Hormuz 10 times, a figure that Carter said is more than double the typical amount.

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Bravo Zulu.........
1 posted on 11/04/2012 2:24:57 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t it be given a new mission and kept afloat?

Maybe as a designated Disaster Relief ship?


2 posted on 11/04/2012 2:27:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s MY ship...
I signed on the dotted line to serve my country on that ship at the end of a dependents’ cruise out of Alameda, CA...
Did you know that Enterprise had to wait until low tide to make it under the Golden Gate Bridge out of San Fran Bay?
Really neat to see...


3 posted on 11/04/2012 2:30:54 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s MY ship...
I signed on the dotted line to serve my country on that ship at the end of a dependents’ cruise out of Alameda, CA...
Did you know that Enterprise had to wait until low tide to make it under the Golden Gate Bridge out of San Fran Bay?
Really neat to see...


4 posted on 11/04/2012 2:31:32 PM PST by matginzac
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To: matginzac

Ooooops...double post...sorry...
Again, hope FR is faster Tues night.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 2:33:01 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Sub-Driver

So losing this ship and it’s battle group will reduce our Navy even further?

With this C in C you almost expect to hear they’re retiring the U. S. S. Ronald Reagan.


6 posted on 11/04/2012 2:38:37 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Resident NBC NRD N3pmCs HCR / no birth C / no req docs / no 3pm calls / he can read)
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To: matginzac

Thank you for your service.

I am sure the next generation of massive craft will be the latest big E.

But all true Americans are in some sort of mourning now. Or should be.


7 posted on 11/04/2012 2:42:05 PM PST by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: Sub-Driver
Back in '63 or '64 the tub I was on was operating in the Chesapeake Bay, preparing for an exercise when a very important piece of gear went down, so we had to hightail it to Norfolk to get it fixed. Our Capt got on the horn, told Norfolk what we needed, so when we came around the corner, there was Big E being towed away from Pier 11, which was our preferred spot.

After that, we always got strange looks from E guys while on liberty.

'Course, it didn't hurt that our CO was the senior Capt in entire Navy, and we carried WAY more brass than Big E.

8 posted on 11/04/2012 2:46:23 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Sub-Driver

So we don’t have the CVN Enterprise nor the Shuttle Enterprise.

It’s just not the same USA without an active duty Enterprise somewhere


9 posted on 11/04/2012 2:50:39 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Bravo Zulu indeed...

Thanks for the post SD...

10 posted on 11/04/2012 3:06:15 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: GeronL
"Can't it be given a new mission and kept afloat?"

Sure, but why?

She is so big, expensive to operate, burdened with equipment and spaces that would never be used, and on and on.

The Navy deployed 3 LPH's to the NY-NJ area after the storm, and the only purpose they served was as alternate landing areas for helos from gov't agencies operating in the area.

What a waste.

11 posted on 11/04/2012 3:08:40 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Sub-Driver

The next several CVN’s are going to be dead Presidents. There is a petition drive on to name CVN-80 the “Enterprise”.

But then again, we now live in a time when navy vessels are named for liberal Congresscritters and Socialist “agents of change”.

I expect there to be a USS Whitney Houston soon - the new class of self-destroyer...


12 posted on 11/04/2012 3:17:03 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: diogenes ghost

The Navy deployed 3 LPH’s to the NY-NJ area after the storm, and the only purpose they served was as alternate landing areas for helos from gov’t agencies operating in the area.
What a waste.
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If that was the ONLY purpose of the 3 LPH’s, you are correct it is/was a waste.

The ships could (and should) have been utilized as -

Refuge for quite a few people.
3 fully equipped Hospitals with operating rooms.
Able to provide power to the shore.
When USN ships were deployed to overseas ‘disaster’ areas, other than evacuation, you must remember each ship - especially when you get to carriers - etc - is a full grown self supporting city, capable of extending services to others.

So, if underutilized, just another flaming arrow to pitch at the supposed ‘people in charge’.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 3:18:42 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Sub-Driver

I remember being in school during March/April 1974 when I looked out over the top of the buildings to see a huge 65 on the super structure of the Big E heading out to sea. I was 17, and had never seen anything so tall in my life.

RIP Enterprise.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 3:21:17 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: xrmusn
".......flaming arrow....."

'Nuff said.

15 posted on 11/04/2012 3:21:27 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: DoughtyOne
With this C in C you almost expect to hear they’re retiring the U. S. S. Ronald Reagan.

They won't retire it, but they do plan to rechristen it the U.S.S. Maya Angelou. :-P

16 posted on 11/04/2012 3:26:16 PM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Are there any plans for replacing this grand old ship with a modern, more powerful one? Even if there are plans, I seriously doubt that Allah's "anointed one" would allow it to be built if God forbid he wins another chance to wreck our nation and destroy our military/naval forces. It's becoming even more obvious with every day that passes that he hates our military and naval forces, both as institutions and as individual men and women patriots who love our nation and are willing to put their lives in jeopardy to protect it and it's people.

I have to ask as an utterly bewildered 75 year-old American who remembers WWII and it's heroes, what on God's earth has happened to America and it's electorate that has brought us to this shameful point in our history as the greatest nation that has ever existed on earth? We are now at the place where anything goes in both the realms of legality and morality whether it is destructive to our liberties and even our very existence. Any perverted lifestyle or degree of moral depravity is now perfectly acceptable as long as it feels good and is "fair" to even the most depraved freakazoids and hate filled leftists among us.

How much longer will the God of Heaven who gave this nation to our sainted forefathers to hold in trust for us their progeny tolerate what is going on in our nation both politically and morally? Not much longer I'm afraid.

Sorry to bring my frustrations to this thread. I know I'm an old curmugeon(sp?) who is way out of today's political/social/moral mainstream, but I seem to be unable to cope with my frustration in silence.

17 posted on 11/04/2012 3:27:27 PM PST by epow ("Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay")
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To: uglybiker

I must be the first human to cough up a fur-ball thanks to you.

;^)


18 posted on 11/04/2012 3:30:25 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Resident NBC NRD N3pmCs HCR / no birth C / no req docs / no 3pm calls / he can read)
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To: diogenes ghost

good points


19 posted on 11/04/2012 3:31:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

The Enterprise is an old ship - 51 hard years in service. In recent years it has increasingly become hard to maintain. Vessels like this begin to eat naval budgets alive late in their service lives, at least if they’re to be kept seaworthy, and not just harbor queens. The reactors are nearing the end of their operational lifespans. As sad as it may be, better to decommission her and spend naval funds on constructing newer Ford-class carriers.


20 posted on 11/04/2012 3:38:10 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: epow
CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford and CVN-79 John F. Kennedy (WTF???) are currently under construction with acceptance into the fleet scheduled for 2015 and 2020 respectively. CVN-77 George H. W. Bush was accepted into the fleet in 2009.

Our carrier fleet currently consists of the 10 ships of the "Nimitz" class. Gerald Ford will begin a new class.

CVN-65 Enterprise was one-of-a-kind; a spectacularly successful experiment.

21 posted on 11/04/2012 3:40:38 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: epow

“...has happened to America and it’s electorate that has brought us to this shameful point in our history...”

Free Stuff!


22 posted on 11/04/2012 3:41:43 PM PST by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Speaking of the CVN-21 supercarrier program, I found this blurb on wikipedia:

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There are expected to be ten ships of this class.[16] To date, three have been announced:
Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) (2015): scheduled to replace Enterprise (CVN-65).
John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)[1] (2020): scheduled to replace Nimitz (CVN-68).
CVN-80 (2025): scheduled to replace Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

The United States Navy's Public Affairs Office has requested input from the American public as to what the remaining eight ships in the class should be named. Anecdotal reports from naval officers indicate that the public favors naming the new CVN-21s after famous Navy warships of the past, mainly those of the Revolutionary War era and the famous carriers of World War II. Reportedly, Enterprise is the most favored name, followed by Saratoga, Lexington, Hornet, Wasp, and Guadalcanal. The reports also seem to indicate that the public does not want more carriers named after politicians or Presidents.[citation needed]

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Hope this is accurate info and that the Navy pays heed to it.

23 posted on 11/04/2012 3:45:17 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: JerseyanExile
spend naval funds on constructing newer Ford-class carriers.
24 posted on 11/04/2012 3:47:52 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JerseyanExile
spend naval funds on constructing newer Ford-class carriers.

IMO, we need to pick up the pace a bit on getting the Fords to the fleet. Having only 10 carriers requires spreading fleet assets a bit too thinly.

25 posted on 11/04/2012 3:48:39 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JerseyanExile
As sad as it may be, better to decommission her and spend naval funds on constructing newer Ford-class carriers.

The next one, hopefully, christened Enterprise...

26 posted on 11/04/2012 3:53:58 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I had the honor of serving on the Enterprise 1983-1986, Weapons Dept, W Division. My first ship after bootcamp.


27 posted on 11/04/2012 3:54:17 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: JerseyanExile

good point

I guess a complete overhaul probably costs more than building a new one


28 posted on 11/04/2012 3:55:30 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
I guess a complete overhaul probably costs more than building a new one

When CVN-78 was delayed by a few years the USN did a feasibility study into overhauling the Enterprise to fill in the gap (the Navy carrier fleet is set by law at 11 decks, with Enterprise leaving it'll temporarily drop to 10 until Ford is commissioned). They determined that it would cost $3 billion (which would include a refueling, which she would need) and allow her to conduct two more deployments.

Not cost effective. Unfortunately preserving her as a museum wouldn't be cost-effective either. Once she's defueled at Newport News (it'll take 3-4 years to do that) she'll be towed around South America and up to Puget Sound for scrapping. Since there won't be much in the way of hiding it, it's going to be painful to watch her get cut up in slow motion (that part will take at least another 4 years).

Hopefully some critical parts of her will be saved. Key amongst these are the five portholes in her bow auxiliary conning station and three in the CO's in-port cabin that came from the previous Enterprise (CV-6). Those NEED to find good homes somewhere, preferably in the next Enterprise. After that it's been speculated that her unique island could be removed and preserved. It would possibly seem like a weird decapitation ... but it's the most recognizable feature of the ship.
29 posted on 11/04/2012 4:09:11 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

bump

You are correct. Although if that island could become a house somewhere, it’d be pretty cool. lol.


30 posted on 11/04/2012 4:15:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Charles Martel
Reportedly, Enterprise is the most favored name, followed by Saratoga, Lexington, Hornet, Wasp, and Guadalcanal.

Wasp is already hanging on an LHD (although one that will retire long before the final ship of the Ford class is commissioned), and Guadalcanal is more befitting of an America-class LHA.

My preference, in order, would be Enterprise, Lexington, Yorktown, Ranger, Hornet, Saratoga, Bunker Hill (for after CG-54 retires) and Intrepid. With possible substitutions of Essex, Wasp, BonHomme Richard and Midway and Coral Sea (the first three to follow the decommissioning of the LHDs currently bearing the names)

Now here's the part that really puts it all into perspective. The 10-ship Ford Class are intended to replace the Enterprise and the first nine Nimitzes (so the final Ford will replace the USS Ronald Reagan). At a build rate of one every five years and a 50-year lifespan that means the final Ford commissions in 2060 and will retire in ... 2110. 98 years from now. Of course when that happens there will probably be a flyover by flight of USAF B-52s ...
31 posted on 11/04/2012 4:21:16 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: GeronL

———Although if that island could become a house somewhere-——

It would be a super cool exhibit at the Museum Of Naval Aviation in Pensacola.

May be the Enterprise Auto rental guy can save it too.

His company is named for the Enterprise and he built a major exhibit hall down there.


32 posted on 11/04/2012 4:32:29 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: aomagrat

My squadron deployed on the Enterprise during the same period of time. We probably saw each other on the mess deck at least a couple times. Course, most black shoes didn’t care to fraternize with air wing <-:


33 posted on 11/04/2012 4:38:13 PM PST by mr_griz
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To: Sub-Driver
USS Enterprise the world's first nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier.



34 posted on 11/04/2012 5:04:07 PM PST by American Constitutionalist
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To: Sub-Driver

No more famous name in the US Navy than Enterprise. Especially the WW2 Enterprise. Fought in virtually every naval battle in the Pacific. A hero ship America should never forget its name. I can’t believe how stupid it was to make her into razor blades, should it have survived it would be the foremost WW2 attraction. It would be a crying shame for this retiring nuke Carrier to be the last to carry that illustrious name.


35 posted on 11/04/2012 5:55:19 PM PST by sasportas
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To: Charles Martel

I want to see another Enterprise. And a Yorktown...Intrepid, you get the idea.

I am sick of having our ships named after politicians, at least carriers.


36 posted on 11/04/2012 6:28:28 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: freedumb2003

You’re welcome but honest...I had it SO easy compared to the kids who serve today. I didn’t have to deal with the PC BS, didn’t have to go to war with ROEs that put me at risk, didn’t have to deal with half the crap the kids do today.
The troopers today are REAL heroes...God bless them....


37 posted on 11/04/2012 7:14:56 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Sub-Driver
The Enterprise was a great ship from the days when even liberals respected great Americans. Today?


38 posted on 11/05/2012 12:32:53 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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