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The USS Enterprise starts the final voyage of its 50 years of service as it set sail for its 22nd and last deployment. The USS Enterprise is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It had been commissioned by the US Navy in 1961 and it is the Navy’s largest and oldest combat vessel.
The USS Enterprise, also known as the “Big E” live a storied and colorful career. It took part in the October 1962 missile crisis in Cuba. Big E also played a key role in the evacuation of Saigon during the Vietnam war. For its last deployment, the USS Enterprise will head to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation. It will be part of the on-going rotation of US forces that support maritime security operations on international waters all over the world.
The current crew of the USS Enterprise is very proud to be part of the ship’s illustrious career. According to Capt. William C. Hamilton, Commanding Officer of Enterprise: “The crew is very mindful that we are following the legacy of the more than 200,000 Sailors who have come before us during the last 50 years. It’s the Sailors of this great warship, and the Sailors that have served aboard Big E over the past half-century that have established the legacy she enjoys.”
Its 50 years of service has also taken its toll the famed aircraft carrier. It constantly suffers from mundane malfunction like stuck valves and decaying electrical equipment.
The USS Enterprise will be officially deactivated on December 1 of this year.
Source: www.maritime-executive.com and www.npr.org