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USS Enterprise
Weekly Standard, by Barrett Tillman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/14/2012 5:16:01 AM

For the Big E, it was the beginning of the end. On March 11, 2012, USS Enterprise (CVN-65)—the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier and the oldest active combat ship in the U.S. Navy—left Norfolk on her final deployment. She was embarking upon the end of a 51-year career, a seagoing record unmatched by any warship in American history and seldom approached elsewhere. The Big E’s skipper is Captain William C. “Boomer” Hamilton Jr., a tall, well-spoken Alabaman who acquired his call sign after a “sonic event” when he flew F/A-18 Hornets. Hamilton assumed command in August 2011,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: varkdriver, 12/14/2012 6:21:11 AM     (No. 9064766)

Fair winds and following seas to all who served aboard the Big ´E´. I will miss seeing her when I drive past the NOB here in Norfolk.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SourKraut, 12/14/2012 6:32:27 AM     (No. 9064772)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/14/2012 6:53:50 AM     (No. 9064785)

#2, you can´t get the article? It comes right up. The link is a good one. Maybe copy and paste?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/uss-enterprise_665185.html

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bevan, 12/14/2012 7:53:00 AM     (No. 9064870)

Served two cruises and 187 carrier landings on the Big E. Great boat.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 12/14/2012 7:53:02 AM     (No. 9064871)

Too bad they can´t initiate a collection of pennies (or more)in the schools to preserve this historical ship. Although given what is taught in our schools today, I doubt the children would know or care about the ship´s history. They certainly aren´t taught about the impressive history of the USA.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 12/14/2012 8:02:23 AM     (No. 9064890)

Fair Thee Well, Big E.

I wish there was a way to preserve the Enterprise - like my favorite, USS Lexington (CV-16). The Blue Ghost is moored in Corpus Christi and is a great museum.

Good to know there will be a replacement Enterprise. Long Live the Big E.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stencil, 12/14/2012 9:13:44 AM     (No. 9064991)

Alabamian

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pindarjr, 12/14/2012 9:14:10 AM     (No. 9064992)

Thank you, Mr. Tillman, for this informative and well written article.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/14/2012 10:05:30 AM     (No. 9065117)

I spent a visitor´s weekend on CVN-65 once when a friend of mine was a Weapons Officer and the ship was in port in Norfolk. It was an absolutely unforgettable experience..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/14/2012 11:26:44 AM     (No. 9065275)

Remembering walking the flight deck as a kid when the Enterprise was being built at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., and later seeing her on Yankee Station and in port at Subic Bay, Philippines, during the Vietnam War. Long time ago.

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