Enterprise Departs for Sea Trials

Story Number: NNS100417-12Release Date: 4/17/2010 8:59:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Meredith

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard April 17 to conduct sea trials.

The ship will be testing equipment, running system checks and making certain that Enterprise is ready to be delivered to the fleet.

"It's kind of like buying a car," said Cmdr. Edward M. Galvin, Enterprise's operations officer. "You have to take the car out for a test drive to try out all of its systems. That's what we'll be doing with sea trials: taking the keys from Northrop Grumman and trying the ship out."

Also getting underway with Enterprise during the trials are key members of Northrop Grumman who will help make sure the ship is ready for the open water.

"I am very confident and hopeful that the next place we'll be pulling into will be Naval Station Norfolk," said Galvin. "I think everyone is ready to get back out to sea."

Upon the successful completion of sea trials, Northrop Grumman will deliver the ship to the fleet, and Enterprise will begin preparing for deployment.

"This will mark the culmination of our shipyard work," said Galvin. "At that point, we'll be able to shift our focus from fixing the ship to combat presence, our real job."

After the completion of sea trials, Enterprise will begin preparing for full-scale flight operations.

"The next time we go out will be for flight deck certification," said Galvin.

The end of every day marks another step closer to Enterprise beginning her 21st deployment in her 48 years of service.

Enterprise is currently conducting sea trials in preparation for her return to the fleet.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

4/19/2010 8:21:00 PM
Here's to all who go to sea in the "Big E". Thanks for your service! Know that you're on one of the best ships ever to go to sea. Be brave, honorable and courageous, serve freedom with excellence. That's what the "Big E" is all about, excellence. You're blessed to be a part of a great history! I am thankful to have served from 1962-1964 in the Navigation Division. God speed and blessings, John Bennick QM-3

4/19/2010 7:48:00 PM
God Speed, fair winds and following seas. Jim Madewell, AO3 Ship's Company May 15 to Sept. 19, 1966.

4/19/2010 6:39:00 AM
The Big E sails again! Hoo Ya! Aboard her as Chaplain Yeoman 1 January 1969 (yes, during the fire)to 1971. Proud alumni, I am.

4/18/2010 10:05:00 PM
My first permanent assignment was the "Big E" and I reported aboard in 1961 as a plank owner in the original Marine detachment. The two years that I served were very educationl and I enjoyed the experience very much. I made many lifelong friends and have fond memories of my time as a crew member. May her remaing time of service be the safest and most efficient ever. Julian McCoy

4/18/2010 9:46:00 PM
God speed to you all. Everyone watch your buddy's back. Thank You for your service. VA-145 Uss Enterprise January 1,1969-July 1,1969

4/18/2010 5:36:00 PM
You take care of THE BIG "E" and THE BIG "E" will take care of you. I reported aboard Dec 7 1961. Sure miss those days.

4/18/2010 5:19:00 PM
Be safe please and watch everyone else as well as yourself. As a member of Attack Squadron 145 I remember very well January 14,1969. God Bless!

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The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
100417-0593C-N-003 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Enterprise is underway for sea trials after spending more than two years in a maintenance period at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Croft/Released)
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