House Armed Service Committee Chairman Visits Enterprise

Story Number: NNS120205-16Release Date: 2/5/2012 9:01:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kristin L. Grover, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, Representative William "Mac" Thornberry and Adm. Kirkland Donald, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, arrived aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Feb. 5 while the ship was underway in the Atlantic Ocean.

The visit provided the guests an opportunity to witness carrier operations at sea and to visit with Sailors aboard before the ship deploys on her 22nd and final deployment.

During their time aboard the more-than-50-year old ship, the visitors toured the navigation bridge, engineering and medical spaces, weapons assembly area and the hangar bay.

The guests also took part in a brief lunch with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group leadership and observed aircraft launch and recovery on the flight deck before departing the ship on a carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft.

Enterprise is underway participating in exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place 30 Jan - 12 Feb, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina.

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