Final deployment for the USS Enterprise
March 12th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Final deployment for the USS Enterprise

The legendary aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, America's oldest active-duty warship, was steaming in the Atlantic on Monday on the last deployment of its 50-year career.

The carrier and its crew of 3,100 left Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia on Sunday in the ship's 22nd deployment. The ship's air wing and other naval staff aboard add another 1,500 personnel.

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  1. Calvin Hobbes

    There will always be an Enterprise.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  2. MassiveMarbles

    Paint that baby white, put a red stripe on her, and let her guard America's coast line with the US Coast Guard. End of Story!

    April 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  3. Crestview

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    March 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply


    March 21, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      @John Oliver, Indian Navy (IN) is not “any” other Navy, ask United States Navy (USN) top brass:).

      In fact, I hope to meet few USN personnel next week.


      March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  5. Dave

    That ship is such a beauty.
    I bet the japanese were frustrated when this ship
    was still around in the war.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Dave- That was a different USS Enterprise. As the article says, this is the 50th year fo service for this ship, and WWII ended 67years ago. The WWII ship was cut up for scrap after the war ended, and when this ship was built in the 1960s it was named Enterprise to continue on the tradition.

      March 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  6. Sayan Majumdar

    Offer USS Enterprise free to Indian Navy (IN) provided IN pays for at least forty F-35 ‘Lightning II’ strike fighters and four E-2D ‘Advanced Hawkeye’ Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) platforms as part of her air wing.

    And mind you I am not kidding, Russia took the same route to secure the sale of their helicopter cruiser ‘Admiral Gorshkov’ to IN, now refurbished in form of an aircraft carrier.

    For United States and India it will also be a symbol of “mending fences” as incidentally USS Enterprise posed to threaten India during India’s 1971 war with Pakistan in which India “sliced” Pakistan into two (almost rubbed like a mosquito) thereby giving birth to Bangladesh nation.


    March 13, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Pudendal Cleft

      Screw India. India can keep on sucking Russian cock.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @pudendal cleft, it is far better for you to keep your mouth shut (keyboard inactive) rather than to display your sub standard culture through your posts.


        March 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Bob

      There are many good reason why India would not want this ship. She is 50 years old, expensive to operate; way to large to fit in any drydock or repair facility in India; they are unfamiliar with US warships and even the US measuring system; India has zero expereience with nuclear powered surface ships and almost no experience with nuclear powered subs; they have no facilities to support or refuel the reactors; and ex-US Navy warships always come with strings attached concerning how and where they can be used. The US would not want to do this eather, as India had not traditionally been a US ally or a purchaser of US weapons; the Indians have a strong relationship with the Russians so no doubt a Russina inspection team would be on the ship immediately upon transfer; Congress would go nuts if we gave nucelar propulsion technology to another country; and it would destroy the US relationship with Pakistan, which has traditionally been much more pro-US than India, and had been a vital part of the war in Afghanistan,

      March 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Noel

      Tell ya what, you can have the stripped down Exxon Valdez, 25 Cessna 172's and a Super 60 Radar from a beached frigate. I'm certain the Russians would be willing to trade you many Rubles for access to such technology...and a call center for Sears.

      April 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  7. Canadianguy

    Give it to Canada

    March 13, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  8. concerned citizen

    Until Israel orders it into emergency service....

    For the future sack of tel aviv....


    March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  9. mipolitic

    the ship is nothing more than a huge peace of steel that floats , but because of the heart of bravery that has guided her through many dark hours of adversity we can say thank you for your service to the usa and the freedom of the west.

    all the bolts and nuts do not mean a thing if it were not for the honourable service of the thousands of men and women who so faithfuly served mankind under liberty and freedom.

    the above may sound corny to some , but be assured we have no clue the safety and freedom this ship has brought to us as she has kept our foes far from our shores and changed the minds of those who considered attacking us.
    believe me we are truly clueless of how much this investment as enriched our land and the quality of live. and if you do not believe that than just look around the world.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • PBEL

      True words! And well said!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • concerned citizen

      Blah blah...
      A cheap silkworm missle could destroy big e nowadays....hence we are retiring it.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:20 am | Reply
      • Cheese Wonton

        Nonsense. Find out how much ordnance exploded on the flight deck of the Enterprise in 1969 during a tragic mishap. Far more explosive power than any anti ship missile carries, equivalent to being hit by a dozen such missiles on a flight deck full of fuel aircraft, and she didn't sink. We learned a lot of lessons from that mishap and one on the USS Forrestal that preceded the mishap on Enterprise.
        We have had to subsequent mishaps on Nimitz that did not do damage to the ship, although in one mishap two dozen of our own missiles exploded on Nimitz flight deck. Fire fighting equipment and procedures have been improved to the point where a repeat of those incidents is preventable. I was there for the fouth incident, when over a dozen A-7 aircraft caught fire on the forward end of the flight deck. The fire was out in seconds with no damage to the ship. Modern US carriers have over two thousand water tight compartments and quite a bit of underwater protection. While certainly not impossible to sink one, the amout of ordnance it would require is so high that few navies would have the ability to deliver that much ordnance on one target. The weaponry on a carriers escorting destroyers and cruisers make it even more difficult to achieve. A single missile hit would not disable a modern aircraft carrier.
        You might also wish to study the history of missiles in naval warfare, including the 1973 Arab Israeli war, the Falklands campaign and Operation Praying Mantis. The majority of anti-ship missiles fired in anger have been defeated by seduction jamming. Most of such missiles fired in combat never hit their target, and when they do, half the time the target ship survives. And these ships that were hit were 1/20th or less the displacement of an aircraft carrier.

        March 13, 2012 at 1:43 am |
      • Cheese Wonton

        USS Tripoli, an amphibiouis assault helicopter carrier less than 1/4 the size of Enterprise, converted into a mine warfare helicopter carrier and command ship struck an Iraqi mine during Operation Desert Storm, blowing a 20 foot by 30 foot hole in the hull, knocking the boilers off line and flooding many compartments. Despite the damage, the crew had full power restored in 30 minutes, the flooding was controlled and the ship continued on her mission. Ships can take hits and continue to fight. They are in fact designed to sustain hits and continue to fight.

        March 13, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Pudendal Cleft

      I hope it sinks.

      With all hands.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • why dont you just leave the country if you dont like it

        What a loser! Leave.... we don't need you. Give us your address, I'm sure every reader on here would gladly chip in for your one way ticket.

        March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

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