Sunday, November 27, 2011

USS Enterprise - 50 years in service and still going strong!

On November 25th, 1961, USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned into the service of the US Navy. On Friday, November 25th, 2011, she marked her 50th year of service to this nation.

USS Enterprise in 1964, with her crew forming Einstein's formula for mass-energy
equivalence on her flight deck. She is in company with the nuclear-powered cruiser
USS Long Beach and the nuclear-powered destroyer USS Bainbridge.
The three ships circumnavigated the world in 65 days during Operation Sea Orbit
without refueling or requiring resupply, setting a new record.

Enterprise has seen generations of service personnel come and go - as many as a quarter of a million of them, according to one source. I'm informed there are several cases where three generations of a single family have served aboard her; the grandparent in the 1960's, then the parent in the 1980's, then the son or daughter in the 2000's.

USS Enterprise in 2011

Enterprise is the first and only aircraft carrier to have rendered 50 years of service in any navy. The ship is scheduled to be retired in 2013, when she will be well into her 52nd year of service.

Today and tomorrow will see special commemorative celebrations, to which all who have served aboard Enterprise have been invited. A photo tribute to her 50 years of service may be found here.

Congratulations to the ship, her present crew and air group, and all who have helped to make her the icon of the US Navy that she has become.



trailbee said...

Most definitely congratulations. And, thank you. What a great accomplishment, not only for the physical Enterprise herself, but also the many men and women who have served on her, created a tradition by passing that love onto their offspring. A classic, probably not to be seen again in the near future.

Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC said...

Congratulations to Enterprise...the "second" nuclear powered warship, after my Alma Mater, Nautilus - First and Finest. Decomissioned in 1980.

Old NFO said...

Actually, she drops off line next year, with the final decom in 2013. She cannot be extended any further.

Anonymous said...

Manning the rail in 78 as we returned from a Wespac, the theme to Startrek played over the !mc (intercom)as we passed under the Golden gate bridge.
Gave me goose bumps.
Many good times on that old bird farm!
S-6 Blackshoe.