Enterprise Makes Final Trip to Newport News Shipyard


Story Number: NNS130620-13Release Date: 6/20/2013 2:45:00 PM
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From USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) made her final voyage to the Newport News Shipyard June 20.

The ship, nearly six months into her dismantling process, was moved by tugboat on the James River to Newport News Shipyard with almost 150 Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilders aboard.

"The main purpose of bringing the Enterprise up here is to defuel and deactivate her. This is the only shipyard capable of this," said Denis Geary, who works in the radiological controls department at Newport News.

The move marks one of Enterprise's final trips underway and is expected to be the last opportunity for shipbuilders and crew to ride the ship.

Shirley Langston was part of the original planning for the ship.

"I worked on the 'Big E' from the beginning- it was my first project 55 years ago. It's sad to see her go, but we are all proud of what she's done."

Throughout Enterprise's 51-years in service, many of the career shipbuilders riding the ship worked on Enterprise during her scheduled maintenance periods.

Henry Deese, an engineering analyst at the shipyard, talked about his time working on Enterprise. "Working on the ship from the beginning and following it throughout its life had been rewarding. I was part if the team that started it and I'm part of the team that will finish it. It's sad to see Enterprise go when it's the first, last, and only one of its kind, but that's life."

Captain William C. Hamilton, Jr., Enterprise's commanding officer, monitored the ship's progress from the navigation bridge. "It's sad to see a ship with such a history taken apart and the Sailors leave, but we are looking forward to commissioning the next Enterprise. Right now our focus is the safety of our Sailors and shipyard workers as we take the ship on this underway and continue the dismantling process."

Enterprise's keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1958 and she was commissioned November 25, 1961. The ship was formally inactivated at a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk December 1, 2012. The announcement that the next nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, CVN-80, will be called Enterprise was made at this ceremony.

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STORY COMMENTS9 COMMENTS
7/8/2013 5:01:00 PM
I was a Signalman on the Saratoga CVA-60 and we were off the coast of S. Carolina and the Enterprise was off our port side at about 15 miles and we were steaming at about 25 knots and the Enterprise past us at a pretty good clip. I believe we increased speed to stay up with her but it didn't happen.

7/1/2013 12:01:00 PM
Enterprise CV(A)N 65 was my home for 39 months '68 to '71. She showed me many parts of the world I will always remember. 14 Jan 1969 will always be in my memories. Thank you Big E

6/23/2013 8:34:00 AM
After 24 years of Navy service, my one day aboard Enterprise for repairs to a Boiler Water Feed Pump,will forever be in my memories of that great Lady. Wow !! What a ship.

6/21/2013 6:35:00 PM
Just said good by to her on may18', 2013. I was with V F - 41 out of N A S Oceana. Had a lot of day and night flights on her. I made my first cat shot off her and my first landing. Sad to see her go.

6/21/2013 10:44:00 AM
Though I was not a crew member of Enterpise her presence in the fleet made us all proud. As she was in Peal Harbor during a West Pac in 1976 or 77.I had a chance to go on board as a young sailor,and to dreaming of some day being underway with her. Early 1980 she was at Bremerton ship yard for a over haul and during that time we had the honor to watch the first release of Star Trek for the crew. So in part she always had a part of my heart. Her 51 years will always be remembered with pride.

6/21/2013 8:14:00 AM
It's really sad to see her go! 2 deployments; work-ups, Hormuz Highway Patrol and Round the World w/the Long Beach. Man that ship would sail!!! I remember it shooting "Rooster Tails" on her high speed runs while standing on the fantail! You were a "GREAT SHIP" CVN-65 and I am glad to know your name will live on in CVN-80. To then, ship's Captain Spane, Capt Caneppa CAG-11, Capt Hinson and CDR Petriccione CO's VS-21 and Crew...it was an Honor to have served with you all. Hand Salute...carry on...

6/21/2013 3:47:00 AM
This was my home for four years 1975-1979, CVN65. I was the legal yeoman and became the Discipline Officer before transferring off the ship. What a grand time I had, stationed with my brother-in-law at the time. Fair winds and following seas my dear friend USS ENTERPRISE. My cousin LT Michael Edwards spent time on this great ship as well.

6/20/2013 6:51:00 PM
ANOTHER GREAT NAVY STORY ABOUT USS ENTERPRISE 50 YEAR NAVAL HISTORY.WELL DONE TO ALL SAILORS THAT SERVED ABOARD.

6/20/2013 5:24:00 PM
It is humbling to know of AND see one of our FINE, FIGHTING OLD TIMERS being relieved of duty. As the PHOENIX also ARISES from its ashes, I can only HOPE the next/future ENTERPRISE be as PROUDLY COMMISSIONED and SERVE AS PROUDLY AS IT'S PREDECESSORS WHILE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY! This brings tears to my eyes seeing such "LAYING TO REST, DISASSEMBLY", KNOWING IT IS NECESSARY, BUT, DISHEARTENING FOR SUCH A GREAT LADY OF THE SEAS, LIKE HER PREDECESSORS ! REST IN PEACE DEAR LADY, REST IN PEACE ! !

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The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) makes its final voyage to Newport News Shipbuilding.
130620-N-ZZ999-101 NORFOLK (June 20, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) makes its final voyage to Newport News Shipbuilding. The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will be dismantled at the shipyard prior to the scheduled commissioning of the next aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen/Released)
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