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Old 01-07-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Has been retired. The first nuclear-powered carrier has left active duty.

The end of an era: the carrier USS Enterprise sails into history after a half-century at sea | TIME.com

She spent 50 years on the sea, and over 100,000 sailors served on her. Now she's being cannabalized for parts; what's left will be "deactivated," which I guess means the hulk will be left to rust away. A new "Enterprise" carrier is scheduled to sail in 2025.

IIRC, there were at few guys here who served on that ship, including, I think, Cuddy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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I don't know of anyone that served on Enterprise, but there are several of us that spent time on other 'Bird Farms.'

She'll be parked next to a couple other Supercarriers in Bremerton (Independence, and Ranger (I think)), until someday they haul her off to cut her into little tiny pieces.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk are at PSNSY, The Lincoln was there for a basic Yard period......

Commies, Islamists, Algore and other Anti- Americans dissregard the above...
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I had a 40"-long model of Enterprise that I built when I was 8 or so. That thing was impressive as hell, just in plastic. Of course, my moving-out somehow resulted in the loss of it. I wish I could have seen her (the real ship) in-action; always wanted to. Now, no more.

Slated or otherwise, I daresay you will likely not see CVN-80 Enterprise ever set-sail. I will be amazed if the JFK ever makes it to the water, with the current attitudes in Congress about Military Spending.
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It is sad to see the Enterprise decommissioned. The Midway is now a floating Museum in San Diego. It is well worth the trip if any of you guys care to make it. The last time I was there the USS Ronald Reagan was in for re-supply across the bay. I always wanted to be a sea scout.
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It is sad to see the Enterprise decommissioned. The Midway is now a floating Museum in San Diego. It is well worth the trip if any of you guys care to make it. The last time I was there the USS Ronald Reagan was in for re-supply across the bay. I always wanted to be a sea scout.
I've done the Midway tour twice. It's tiny compared to the new carriers.

I love taking my boat in the bay. You never know what you might see.
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Carriers are great ships but also they are HORRIBLE duty stations. Extra-long deployments. And when you do finally go on liberty so do about 3000 other guys with 3-4 months pay burning holes in their pockets. I'll take a cruiser or destroyer any day over those bird farms.
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Carriers are great ships but also they are HORRIBLE duty stations. Extra-long deployments. And when you do finally go on liberty so do about 3000 other guys with 3-4 months pay burning holes in their pockets. I'll take a cruiser or destroyer any day over those bird farms.
Right about that, one of the reasons I got out when I did was that the Career Counselor couldn't guarentee in writing that I'd get a Can or Frigate if I shipped over, only the usual "needs of the Navy" blather which meant as a BT3 with catapult steam experiance I'd bounce from one carrier to the next on the East coast, West coast and Japan.

Since BT was an At-Sea rating there'd be no shore duty which was OK, and I didn't mind one enlistment on a carrier but not my whole career.
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Carriers are great ships but also they are HORRIBLE duty stations. Extra-long deployments. And when you do finally go on liberty so do about 3000 other guys with 3-4 months pay burning holes in their pockets. I'll take a cruiser or destroyer any day over those bird farms.
Hell yeah. I think one of the modern frigates and destroyers with the gas-turbine engines that can run 35+ knots would be the schiznit to crew on. I'd like to be on one in a Caine Mutiny-sized typhoon and do some wave jumping on one.
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That wave-jumping is highly overrated!

My stateroom was almost all the way forward on the Submarine Rescue ship I was on. I spent many hours in my rack with the mattress slid halfway out and folded up, and my arm underneath it so I wouldn't get thrown out. Sometimes it was so bad, I took my pillow back aft to the compressor room, and slept on the deck. It was hard, but it didn't try to catapult me.
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