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Famed USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

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Famed USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage - by The Associated Press/ News/ NPR.org

I did a tour of the Enterprise during Fleet Week when I lived in Seattle. What an amazing Aircraft Carrier - the size is enormous - it's the largest ship in the Fleet.

She served our country well in a number of conflicts. Thanks to all the sailors and officers who maintained the tradition of excellence.


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It will be the first nuclear carrier to be retired.

One of the saddest things I think in naval ship history was the decision to scrap the WWII Enterprise (CV6). It was the most decorated and battle tested carrier of the war and I wish it still existed as a museum today.
 

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The ship left Norfolk,VA this week and it was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, located in Newport News, VA.
 

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It will be the first nuclear carrier to be retired.

One of the saddest things I think in naval ship history was the decision to scrap the WWII Enterprise (CV6). It was the most decorated and battle tested carrier of the war and I wish it still existed as a museum today.

I agree.

I've always regretted not taking the opportunity to do a tour of the USS Missouri when I was in Seattle and the USS Missouri was docked at Bainbridge Island. I think she's now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.


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I've always regretted not taking the opportunity to do a tour of the USS Missouri when I was in Seattle and the USS Missouri was docked at Bainbridge Island. I think she's now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

MightyMo.jpg


As seen from the Arizona Memorial.
 

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Slight correction, Richard. Enterprise is/was the "longest" ship in the fleet, (by 31 feet), but USS Nimitz (CVN-68) displaced more tonnage, so is technically "bigger."

Enterprise: Length: 1123 ft
Beam: 257 ft
Displacement: 93,284 long tons

Nimitz: Length: 1092 feet
Beam: 252 feet
Displacement: 100,000 long tons

Nitpicking, perhaps, but it's a point of pride among Nimitz sailors. I served on Nimitz for four years during my 20 year Navy career. :D

Still, it's a bit sad to see the Big E retire after such an illustrious career.

Dave
 

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HatTrick,

Thanks for the pics. They're great. I love the pic of the Enterprise, Long Beach, and Bainbridge in the Mediterranean.


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Slight correction, Richard. Enterprise is/was the "longest" ship in the fleet, (by 31 feet), but USS Nimitz (CVN-68) displaced more tonnage, so is technically "bigger."

Enterprise: Length: 1123 ft
Beam: 257 ft
Displacement: 93,284 long tons

Nimitz: Length: 1092 feet
Beam: 252 feet
Displacement: 100,000 long tons

Nitpicking, perhaps, but it's a point of pride among Nimitz sailors. I served on Nimitz for four years during my 20 year Navy career. :D

Still, it's a bit sad to see the Big E retire after such an illustrious career.

Dave

Dave,

Thanks for the correction. Not nitpicking at all.

By the way, I met a Navy vet last week who is the late Admiral Nimitz's cousin.

Best regards,

Richard
 

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The new Navy is still very impressive. I toured the USS New York on its commissioning day - a multi-function vessel able to launch and receive fixed planes, helicopters, hovercraft, and fast side boats to support its Marine attachment.
 

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The new Navy is still very impressive. I toured the USS New York on its commissioning day - a multi-function vessel able to launch and receive fixed planes, helicopters, hovercraft, and fast side boats to support its Marine attachment.


Some may not be aware that the USS New York was forged from Steel from the World Trade Center.

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Some may not be aware that the USS New York was forged from Steel from the World Trade Center.

ussnewyork-commissioning-home.jpg




Richard

And the Arlington has steel from the I-beams of Pentagon and the Somerset has steel of the crane used in the recovery of material from the Flight 93.

Added info: the commissioning of the New York was almost delayed due to high water level on the Mississippi River. The ship was delayed in leaving its perth north of NOLA by high water in the Fall just weeks before the commissioning. Both the ship's captain and the ship builder's manager where in the crow's nest with a stick making sure there was enough clearance of its structure under the one bridge in New Orleans. It made it by a couple of inches during low tide on that Saturday morning - to much relief of everyone, as a damaged superstructure would not have looked good in New York City and on the news.
 
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Thanks for the pics. They're great. I love the pic of the Enterprise, Long Beach, and Bainbridge in the Mediterranean.

I've always loved that photo, too. I'm old enough to remember this National Geographic issue when it came out in '65...

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By the way, I met a Navy vet last week who is the late Admiral Nimitz's cousin.

Apropos of nothing at all, my best friend, who married my wife and I, is Jimmy Doolittle's grandson. My wife and I try to keep an eye on his dad, Jimmy's son John Doolittle, now that he's aging and lost his wife last year. The Doolittle family has kind of adopted us (wife and I), and we call him "papa John".

I met Jimmy Doolittle many times before his death in 1993. He was a great American.

Thanks for the information about the Enterprise, Richard.

-Bob
 

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My air squd was on the America in 1969-70 in Nam and at the time was said to be the largest non-nuc carrier. It was on the east coast and my one regret was it never came to N.Ca. I wanted to take my daughter on it to see where I spent 91/2 months.:shrug:

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