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The USS Enterprise's Last Tour (After 51 Years in Service It Is To Be Decommissioned)
Air Space Mag ^ | November 30, 2012 | Rebecca Maksel

Posted on 11/30/2012 5:24:04 AM PST by lbryce

After 51 years of service, the historic aircraft carrier is about to be decommissioned.

When the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) sailed away from Norfolk, Virginia, on its maiden voyage in 1962, it was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and the eighth Enterprise in a long dynasty reaching back to the Revolutionary War. Its eight nuclear reactors, reported the Chicago Daily Defender, had an energy potential "as great as that of all the reactors in the free world."

The most recent Enterprise played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, along with other ships in the Second Fleet, blockading shipments of military equipment to Cuba. During the height of the Vietnam War, nearly 100 aircraft were launched each day from the Enterprise, laden with explosives and bound for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the carrier—headed home after a long deployment—steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom.

On December 1, 2012, the carrier will be inactivated, ending 51 years of service. See the gallery above for more about its history. Here, two F/A-18 Super Hornets fly past the Enterprise on its last deployment, on October 4, 2012.

There has been an Enterprise since 1775, when Captain James Smith was ordered to Lake Champlain to take command of the 70-ton sloop that originally belonged to the British. Enterprise II was an eight-gun schooner purchased in 1776 that convoyed transports in the Chesapeake Bay. Enterprise III, a 12-gun schooner, searched for British privateers off the coast of Maine in 1812. Enterprise IV launched from the New York Navy Yard in 1831; while Enterprise V, a steam corvette with auxiliary sail power, was commissioned in 1877. . | 2 of 9 | Next »»

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cvn65; enterprise; navylegend; ussenterprise
Farewell, Enterprise, as you pass into history. You served our country and the men aboard, with honor.
1 posted on 11/30/2012 5:24:09 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

What are they going to replace it with? Let me guess: we don’t need a military and a navy anymore because Obama’s contant appologizing has made the world into a peaceful, love-sick planet filled with butterflies and rainbows, puppy dogs and cotton candy meadows where children laugh and play with terrorists. We don’t need a space program either because space will come to us.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 5:43:37 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: lbryce

You have the wrong picture up. Those airplanes you describe as F18 super hornets are prop planes, so are the ones on the deck.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 5:45:12 AM PST by calex59
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To: lbryce

Well done good and faithful servant.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 5:47:02 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: calex59

That looks like the WWII era carrier Enterprise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Enterprise_%28CV-6%29_in_Puget_Sound,_September_1945.jpg


5 posted on 11/30/2012 5:51:23 AM PST by Blennos
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To: calex59

I see two pictures...The top one has the Hornets..The lower pic is the WWII Enterprise....


6 posted on 11/30/2012 5:58:15 AM PST by Boonie
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To: lbryce

Spock would tell Hussein to “Go to Hell,” except that Leonard Nimoy is a leftist freak.

Another feather in Hussein’s cap!


7 posted on 11/30/2012 6:09:09 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: lbryce

What is kind of sickening is that today’s “Global Force For Good” will not name another carrier “Enterprise”. We are now politically correct, so screw tradition. Farewell, Enterprise - and thanks for 51 extremely good years. Thousands of us who sailed on you will always have fond memories to cherish.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 6:15:24 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: lbryce

Hail and goodbye to a legendary ship which was the basis for the famous starship of another legendary series, “Star Treck”, its own version of the Enterprise.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 6:19:42 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: lbryce

Being retired. Wow.
I remember going to the launch ceremony at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock when I was a teen.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 6:19:42 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: Boonie

And that is the pic he has the caption pinned too, not the upper pic.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 6:21:14 AM PST by calex59
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To: lbryce

Next ship in the series will be the U.S.S. Welfare.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 6:24:24 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly
U.S.S. Fabulous
13 posted on 11/30/2012 6:34:26 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: calex59

The first picture in the article (that I see) has SuperBug flying past the Big E ... The SuperBug has the letters AB on its tail ... I’m flattered, but it’s not me.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 6:40:31 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: lbryce

In the spirit of obama’s new “flexibility” perhaps he will see fit to just donate it to Putin.


15 posted on 11/30/2012 6:46:27 AM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: lbryce

Bravo Zulu “CLIMAX”. You served us well.


16 posted on 11/30/2012 6:51:02 AM PST by newbolt
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To: Biggirl

Actually, the “Enterprise” that inspired the Star Trek “Enterprise” was CV-6 of World War II fame!


17 posted on 11/30/2012 6:51:53 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: lbryce

Why is this ship not being preserved as a museum? You would think that the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, one of the longest-serving ships ever in the Navy, and the namesake of the Navy’s most decorated ship of World War II would be worth preserving and saving for future generations instead of “dismantling and recycling.” Then again, the mighty CV-6 wasn’t saved either.

}:-)4


18 posted on 11/30/2012 6:52:50 AM PST by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Moose4

They’ll dismantle so much of the internals of the ship around the reactors there won’t be much left of it. My dad’s ship, the USS Gilmore AS-16 was basically gutted around the nuclear areas from services to nuclear submarines. There was a huge void in the middle of the ship from it over multiple decks from pictures I’ve seen of it at James River.

It’s been scrapped now.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 7:03:41 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Biggirl

The Enterprises were great ships!

20 posted on 11/30/2012 7:13:46 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: lbryce
I hope the Navy is able to keep the tradition of naming a major capital ship "Enterprise". One of the things I found appealing about the Star Trek series, especially the last one aptly named Enterprise, was that there was this connection in a far future world with this proud tradition of naming ships, even star ships, Enterprise.

Unfortunately in our politically correct world we now are naming navy ships after Caesar Chavez. Under Obama I fear our once proud navy will be reduced to a few dilapidated frigates bearing names like Chairman Mao and Gertrude Stein

21 posted on 11/30/2012 7:15:59 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: headstamp 2; windcliff; stylecouncilor

I went aboard the Howard W Gilmore in Miami, 1964 when I was about 14. I recall being impressed with all the machine and maintenance shops, and other support facilities. Great ship.

Hand Salute to your Dad.


22 posted on 11/30/2012 7:22:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: lbryce

I had never heard about this. She almost didn’t make it past her first decade!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57556318/tragedy-remembered-as-uss-enterprise-is-retired/


23 posted on 11/30/2012 7:24:06 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: lbryce

Sell it to Israel.


24 posted on 11/30/2012 7:34:50 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: lbryce

My son-in-law was aboard the Enterprise that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, after the long cruise, my daughter was in tears knowing he would be gone even longer.


25 posted on 11/30/2012 7:36:50 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: onedoug

“I went aboard the Howard W Gilmore in Miami, 1964 when I was about 14. I recall being impressed with all the machine and maintenance shops, and other support facilities. Great ship.

Hand Salute to your Dad.”

Thank you very much. I’ll relay to him. He was on it from 46-48. Fireman 1st Class, SubRon 4 (I think) out of Key West. Great duty and learned a lot but hot as hell as he used to say. LOL

He’s 84 now and still going strong after 60+ years in the building line as a carpenter/builder. He was so sad when they finally cut her up back in 2006.


26 posted on 11/30/2012 8:03:17 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: lbryce

A good buddy served aboard the Enterprise, he must have been a LT at the time. He is quite sad, no doubt most who served aboard are as well. Luckily he was able to score tickets for him and the family to attend the ceremony.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 8:15:22 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: lbryce

Read that William Shatner will be present at the deactivation in Norfolk.


28 posted on 11/30/2012 8:30:05 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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WE ARE LEGEND

Ceremony begins at 1300 ET on 1 December 2012.

29 posted on 11/30/2012 8:59:53 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: lbryce

I didn’t serve aboard the Big E, but the first work I did after retiring from the Navy was installation of the LAN on her. I served on John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

I used to joke about the carriers, that there was 4 classes of carriers (at the time), Midway, Forrestal, Kitty Hawk, and Nimitz along with “the experiment” and “the bastard stepchild.” The experiment was the Enterprise, “let’s see if we can build a nuclear powered carrier.” The bastard stepchild was the JFK, the ship that was supposed to be the lead of the new nuclear carriers but was built conventional because Congress didn’t want to spend the money.

Watching a news report on Big E this morning almost brought tears to my eyes. It’s sad to see a ship die.


30 posted on 11/30/2012 9:37:55 AM PST by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: zot

ping


31 posted on 11/30/2012 10:07:06 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: lbryce

32 posted on 11/30/2012 10:21:23 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: lbryce

The Enterprise is the last flight deck still active that I have set foot on. Tomorrow there will be none left out of six.


33 posted on 11/30/2012 10:27:53 AM PST by W. W. SMITH ((Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.)
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To: mass55th
Change of plans
34 posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:59 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: calex59
And that is the pic he has the caption pinned too, not the upper pic.

Correction: The photo has no caption but your beef with the layput of the article lies with Rebecca Maksel and the editors of Air & Space.

That's what you get when you lazily comment without first reading the entire article at the source.

35 posted on 11/30/2012 10:41:09 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: lbryce

And astoundingly, after 51 years in service, she has been refueled only FOUR times.


36 posted on 11/30/2012 10:53:59 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mass55th

He should steal it and ram it into DC in a blaze of glory.


37 posted on 11/30/2012 11:24:53 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: lbryce

Back in ‘66 we had a diving job on the USS ENTERPRISE in Subic Bay, PI. The ships crew needed to install new packing on one of the rudder posts.

Our job was to install a dam around the rudder post underwater. Once it was installed the ships crew removed the packing glands and installed new packing.

We spent a few hours doing the job. Our diving barge was tied to the stern. One of our guys took a chipping hammer to the paint on the stern about 5 feet above the waterline. When he was finished he had written “HUEY”, his name, on the stern.

True story not a “Sea Story”.


38 posted on 11/30/2012 11:40:38 AM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

I read the whole article before I commented a**hat. Regardless of whom posted the caption it is in the wrong place and my comment was valid. That carrier is not the Nuke Enterprise and those are not jets. Please take your snarky a**ed comments and shove them up your Obama.


39 posted on 11/30/2012 12:35:16 PM PST by calex59
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thanks for the new info. Too bad he can’t make it.


40 posted on 11/30/2012 12:43:35 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: calex59

Hang two you ignorant pogue.


41 posted on 11/30/2012 4:44:00 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping to 51 years of honorable service.


42 posted on 11/30/2012 4:52:29 PM PST by zot
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To: The Great RJ

I read today that the first opportunity for a new one they can name Enterprise is 2025. The next two aircraft carriers will be the Gerald Ford and another John F. Kennedy.


43 posted on 11/30/2012 4:53:14 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: lbryce

I had the honor of serving on the USS Enterprise 1983-1986. She was my first ship. I remember standing on the pier in Alameda, fresh from A school, and looking up at that huge monster and thinking, “What the hell have I got myself into?”


44 posted on 11/30/2012 4:55:35 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
You are the ignorant one. I merely made an observation that the caption was pinned to the wrong photo and you took offense for some reason even though I was correct, writing several nasty comments to me, in one of which you called me lazy and a coward. What did you expect me to do, thank you for it? Don't want to get nasty comments from people? Then don't send them nasty ones first.

In my opinion your actions make you an ignorant jackass and that is me being polite.

45 posted on 11/30/2012 6:14:23 PM PST by calex59
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To: Moose4
Why is this ship not being preserved as a museum? You would think that the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, one of the longest-serving ships ever in the Navy, and the namesake of the Navy’s most decorated ship of World War II would be worth preserving and saving for future generations instead of “dismantling and recycling.”

The Navy's explanation, as noted earlier, is that the ship will need to be deconstructed past the point of economical repair in order to get to the reactors.

Enterprise is a modified Kitty Hawk-class hull, and her eight reactors roughly correspond to the eight boilers that the Kitty Hawks carried (apparently Enterprise has two more reactors than necessary; Hyman Rickover - allegedly - personally ordered the number increased from six to eight to correspond to the Kitty Hawk boiler numbers).

The ship was built around the reactors. USN policy for scrapping nuclear wessels (inside Star Trek joke there) is to defuel then remove the reactor vessels intact for containment and burial at Hanford. Getting to the eight reactors and removing them per this policy is going to require cutting massive holes straight down from the flight deck. It's going to be a brutal undertaking, given not only how the reactors are shielded but also the armor plating on the hangar and flight decks.

HOWEVER .... (and there's always a however)

There's been some speculation that the Enterprise was actually designed to have its reactor vessels removed and replaced. Enterprise was the first nuclear carrier, essentially a prototype/proof-of-concept that was both wildly expensive to build and maintain but also highly successful (she was designed with a 25-year lifespan in mind), and she carried early (2nd generation?) nuclear reactors.

The USN had already replaced a prototype (liquid sodium cooled) reactor in the USS Seawolf (the second nuclear submarine after Nautilus). Given that experience, the expense associated with Enterprise (2x as much as a Kitty Hawk and so costly that she was completed without any defensive weaponry) and the very real possibility of having problems with a reactor at some point that would be serious enough to warrant replacement of the reactor but otherwise wouldn't compromise the integrity of the ship (requiring complete removal from service very early in its career and flushing a $500 million investment right down the toilet), it does make logical sense that the Navy would have contingency plans to swap out the reactors.

The USN has shown an extreme reticence towards preserving nuclear-powered ships as museums. Nautilus is the only one, and even though her reactor was yanked when decommissioned in the mid 1980s the Navy still owns her and maintains operational control. Efforts to preserve the nuclear cruiser USS Long Beach and the submarines USS Cincinnati and USS Mariano G. Vallejo were denied outright. Senator John Warner tried really hard to get the nuclear cruiser USS Virginia for Nauticus in Norfolk and was politely told "no" and given the battleship Wisconsin and the lead ship of the next class of SSNs as a consolation prize. Heck, if you go to the Udvar-Hazy center for the National Air and Space Museum they have an F6F Hellcat that was flown - as a drone - through the fallout from the Bikini tests ... and the placard for the plane very specifically points out that there's only trace amounts of residual radiation.

So given all that, while I'm inclined to believe the Navy when they say that they really do have to cut Enterprise to pieces to get the reactors out, I do have a nagging feeling that if the truth were otherwise they'd never willingly let it be known.
46 posted on 11/30/2012 6:54:04 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: calex59
I merely made an observation that the caption was pinned to the wrong photo and you took offense for some reason even though I was correct,

Once again you are incorrect. Once again there is no caption attached to the photo. A description of that photo and all other photos in the article are embedded in the text of the article. Most of those reading the article figured that out. You didn't.

In your initial comment you have publicly acknowledged that you aren't very bright, are easily confused and directed your criticism of the layout of the article at the wrong person. You are in the distinct minority and have exposed your own ignorance despite your wail to the contrary. You emote, you do not think because you are incapable of thinking. You ponder that the next time you sit down to void your bladder, madame.

Instead of publicly flaunting your deficient grey matter, which is not a character trait to be proud of, pay attention to what is actually written not what you perceive to be written. Had you bothered to visit the source you would have discovered that the photo of CV-6 is on page 2 of 9, not page 1 of 9. Now apologize to lbryce for being as dense as a slab of granite and shut your gaping, whining, ignorant maw.

"See the gallery above for more about its history."

47 posted on 12/01/2012 6:29:03 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Redleg Duke

It’s a shame CV-6 was never preserved as a museum, it ended up being scrapped 15 years after WWII ended.


48 posted on 12/01/2012 10:10:30 AM PST by stratman1969
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To: lbryce

Per the SecNav just now at CVN-65’s inactivation ceremony: CVN-80 will be name ENTERPRISE.


49 posted on 12/01/2012 11:16:23 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: tgusa

I sit corrected. According to Norfolk’s Virginian-Pravda/Red Star, a new Ford class carrier (CVN-80 if I count correctly) will be named ‘Enterprise.’ So this is good news!


50 posted on 12/03/2012 6:49:48 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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