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The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes Fort Monroe National Monument as the ship arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 4, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes Fort Monroe National Monument as the ship arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 4, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Prepares for Journey Home

The Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), will return to the shipyard that built her on Thursday.

The move will mark the final underway for the ship before the formal decommissioning, which will take place once the defueling  process at Newport News Shipbuilding is complete. Nearly 150 shipyard workers will be present for the move as a last tribute to a vessel that many of the workers had a role in building.

On Dec. 1, 2012, an inactivation ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. As Enterprise prepares for her journey home, join us in looking back at Big’s E history and service to our Navy.

Enterprise infographic

 

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  1. Donnie Bowerman

    Truly a massive vessel, when I woke up one morning in Alameda to find the Big “E” had moved in during the night and dwarfed my ship, the MIDWAY. A couple years ago, I saw the ENTERPRISE in Norfolk, and she was docked near the GEORGE H.W. BUSH, and the disparity in size was similar to the one I experienced forty-three years ago!!!

  2. Ray, Cancer Survivor

    It will be sad to see her final cut up. Wish I could buy the island section and turn that part into a museum.

  3. What’s the project time to run her reactors dry and then to decommission?

  4. Rodger Morefield

    Proud to have been part of the NNS Team that has maintained Her for the last eleven years.

  5. She was my ‘Home” away from home during the Cuban Quarintine Operations, Oct-Dec 1962. She was a fairly new “bride” to the LantFleet at that time! She was a beautiful sight cuting the waves around Cuba! I was on the Staff of COMCARDIV TWO and watched many of her flight ops from the O-8 Level! She was the queen of the seas at that time! I hate to see her go but do have fond memories of my time aboard her!

  6. former kennedy cv-67 man here..sad that they cant make her a museum ship..fair winds and following seas BIG E

  7. Mark A. Jenkins II

    She was at Pier 11 at NOB till this morning, Saw them towing her up the Elizabeth River this morning about 0730 headed towards NNSB & DD while I was on my way to work crossing the M&M. It was really eerie to see no mast head and the whole topside of the Island was bald. No gear what so ever…

  8. We are before CVN 65 like before a sailor who go at rest. As one of us we remember all has passed on, all sailors have serve on it, all missions, all life moments. We will remember it for ever with nostalgy but also with serenity, thinking, as a sailor, it will have a good rest. A part of navy decommissioned, other commissioned, but sure this signify continuity and this is the live of Navy

  9. We are honoring a members of fleet, like a buddy, that, after years of missions, deployments, is now going to rest. We will remember it for ever, the buddies it has hospited on years, the complementarity between us and it. claudio alpaca

  10. My “home” away from home during the Cuban Quarantine Operations Oct-Dec 1962! Served on Staff, COMCARDIV-2! She was a impressive LADY of the seas and was fairly new at that time! Observed many flight ops from the O-8 level and will never forget the sights of our screening ships crossing our wake when she made a hard turn to Port to begin flight ops! A beautifil ship in her day, but the newer classes are just as impressive now as she was then! Goodbye grand lady!

  11. The information posted in the presentation above is wrong. Enterprise never took part in Operation Eldorado Canyon. That was conducted by Coral Sea and Saratoga.

  12. I first saw the Big E when I was 9 years old in Pearl Harbor. Seeing her inspired me to join the Navy ten years later. Happily, the Enterprise was my first assignment. It is sad to see her go but I have the honor of saying I served aboard.

  13. IT IS SUCH A SHAME THAT WE CAN’T PRESERVE THE HISORY OF THIS GREAT SHIP. AFTER ALL IT WAS OUR FIRST NUC CARRIER. SHE USHERED IN A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF WARFARE FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MAYBE WE SHOULD FIND THE MONEY NEEDED TO MAKE E A MUSEUM BY CLSOING SOME OF THE OTHER VESSELS SERVING AS MUSEUMS.

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