USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 2 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.
Enterprise is the flagship for the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which includes USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47), all based in Norfolk, USS Alexandria (SSN 757), homeported in Groton, Conn., and USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), homeported in Earle, N.J.
The nearly 7,500 Sailors in the strike group will conduct operations in the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism.
"There's tremendous pressure as always in the Middle East, and the Enterprise Strike Group has worked hard to be able to go out there and conduct any mission, from combat to humanitarian aid," said CMDCM Paul Declercq, Enterprise command master chief.
Enterprise spent the last six months preparing for this underway by completing various carrier qualifications.
"We've trained long and hard to be the next strike group to participate in the global war on terror," said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise commanding officer.
This is Enterprise's first six-month deployment since returning from a deployment in February 2004.
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