The U.S.S. Enterprise, the first U.S. Navy nuclear powered aircraft carrier, will be decommissioned on February 3rd.
The U.S.S. Enterprise the longest serving U.S. aircraft carrier will be decommissioned on February 3rd.
According to the AP the Big E survived 25 deployments. The Enterprise was launched in 1960 and is being decommissioned in 2017. That’s a 57 year career for the great ship. This is a ship that started off as the most state of the art vessel in the Navy and ended up as the most respected one.
Check out this video showing the ship in action.
The advantages of a nuclear powered carrier are clear. If you’re using a nuclear reactor you don’t have to stop to get refueled. The ships power supply could last for up to 25 years at a time.
Some of the conflicts the Enterprise saw were the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The ship holds a crew of around 3,000 people and is like a floating city.
You see the name Enterprise isn’t just a name of a starship you see, it’s a name with a lot of history. Aircraft carriers, ships of the line, and even space shuttle prototypes have carried the name Enterprise.
"“Let’s make sure history never forgets the name Enterprise.” – Captian Jean-Luc Picard"
You can’t say it any better than Jean-Luc Picard.
The Big E certianly did her part to make sure that history never forgets the name Enterprise. Thanks for everything to the Big E, her sailors, and their families, live long and prosper. Second star to the right and straight on ’till morning.
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