Hail and Farewellhttp://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/11/05/enterprise-ends-51-year-career-at-sea.html#.UJrl_87PIgk.emailHail and Farewell by ~Ronin201
A sad day has come as the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered carrier, comes into port for the last time. Big E has been soldiering along since the 1960s. she's been a good boat too and has plenty to show for her service.
Some of her honors (just a few though)
-the first and only ship of her class
-the first nuclear flatop of course
-The Cuban Missile Crisis
-the boat for the first F-14 deployment (VF-1 and VF-2)
-Deployments to Vietnam (including at the very end for Operation Frequent Wind and one cruise having a MiG kill earned by VF-96)
-Operation Desert Fox
-Operation Allied Force
-Operation Enduring Freedom
-Operation Iraqi Freedom
-Operation Southern Watch
So I give my respects to the Enterprise and hope that she rests in peace (I wish she could become a museum but the Navy having to tear out the reactors once she's officially out will nullify that idea)
End of the USS EnterpriseNot Air Force related but I thought I'd share this:End of the USS Enterprise by #NLR-Air-Force
Considering It's history (1st nuclear powered carrier, Top Gun movie, etc), you'd think it would be preserved, but according to the ship's website it won't: http://www.enterprise.navy.mil/ (click "Inactivation week" ). It will take 4 years to defuel it and everything, then it will be scrapped.