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USS Enterprise Departs for Six-Month Deployment
Navy NewsStand ^

Posted on 05/03/2006 6:20:27 PM PDT by SandRat

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW)1 departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 2 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.

Enterprise is the flagship for the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which includes the USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS McFaul (DDG 74), USS Nicholas (FFG 47), all based in Norfolk, the USS Alexandria (SSN 757), homeported in Groton, Conn., and USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), homeported in Earle, N.J.

The nearly 7,500 Sailors in the strike group will conduct operations in the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism.

“There’s tremendous pressure as always in the Middle East, and the Enterprise Strike Group has worked hard to be able to go out there and conduct any mission, from combat to humanitarian aid,” said CMDCM Paul Declercq, Enterprise command master chief.

Enterprise spent the last six months preparing for this underway by completing various carrier qualifications.

“We’ve trained long and hard to be the next strike group to participate in the global war on terror,” said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise commanding officer.

This is Enterprise’s first six-month deployment since returning from a deployment in February 2004.

For related news, visit the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: departs; deployment; enterprise; norfolk; shipmovement; sixmonth; usn; uss; ussenterprise
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1 posted on 05/03/2006 6:20:31 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; freekitty; ...

Anchors Aweigh!!!


2 posted on 05/03/2006 6:20:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

To boldly go where no man has... oops...


3 posted on 05/03/2006 6:23:07 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: SandRat
Was on that boat a few years back. Good Luck and be safe.


4 posted on 05/03/2006 6:25:26 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SandRat

5 posted on 05/03/2006 6:25:40 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: Doogle

Damn, that's a big boat.


6 posted on 05/03/2006 6:27:00 PM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: DTogo

Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning.


7 posted on 05/03/2006 6:32:12 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Desoto county MS Freeper)
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To: SAMS

eeeyup


8 posted on 05/03/2006 6:34:36 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: SandRat
Wasn't the Enterprise the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier (IE Super carrier)?


9 posted on 05/03/2006 6:36:31 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SandRat

Is a Navy Captain the same rank as a full bird?


10 posted on 05/03/2006 6:38:03 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Doogle

The world's biggest can of whoop ***.


11 posted on 05/03/2006 6:38:09 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: SandRat

Yes....same as a Colonel


12 posted on 05/03/2006 6:43:54 PM PDT by waud
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To: eastforker

http://www.gruntsmilitary.com/


13 posted on 05/03/2006 6:48:00 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: eastforker

Although there probably is or will be a Flag Officer aboard as well....Battle Group (Rear Admiral...2 stars or 6th fleet Commander (Vice Admiral...3 stars) would be my guess.


14 posted on 05/03/2006 6:49:16 PM PDT by waud
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To: SandRat

USS Leyte Gulf

15 posted on 05/03/2006 6:50:19 PM PDT by Daaave ("Bomb- bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran.")
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To: operation clinton cleanup

I may be wrong, but I think that was the "Nimitz". as in Nimitz class.


16 posted on 05/03/2006 6:56:52 PM PDT by Dionysius (ACLU is the enemy)
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To: Dionysius

Actually the Enterprise is longer (the Nimitz has more mass though) and was built in the early 60's along with the cruiser USS Long Beach (check out the similar "Box" shaped superstructures).....I was a carrier sailor (USS America...one of the few carriers that had an active sonar dome) so these things stick with you=)


17 posted on 05/03/2006 7:03:00 PM PDT by waud
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To: SAMS
Damn, that's a big boat.

Yup.

18 posted on 05/03/2006 7:03:15 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Doogle

AHHH! Unreps.

SO much FUN!


19 posted on 05/03/2006 7:05:40 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: RandallFlagg

Vertreps too!


20 posted on 05/03/2006 7:08:35 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: waud

The Enterprise now has a "Nimitz-style" tower. The aerial photo of "E=MC2" shows her with the original tower.

The Enterpise is a bit longer than the Nimitz-class carriers, but she has a smaller displacement.


21 posted on 05/03/2006 7:09:46 PM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: darkwing104

As I remember it: A "boat" is a vessel that can be carried aboard a "ship"! The big E is a ship. I also was aboard her a few years earlier than you – in 1965 when she transferred to the 7th fleet for duty on Yankee station in the Gulf of Tonkin during Vietnam. She was the first Nuclear Carrier and her designation was CVAN 65, I believe. Sure brings back loads of memories. I agree Good Luck and be safe Big E.


22 posted on 05/03/2006 7:10:45 PM PDT by vortigern
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To: DTogo

Yep. Budget cuts: that's why the Five Year Mission is now just a 6-month deployment (grin)


23 posted on 05/03/2006 7:18:31 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Wasn't the Enterprise the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier (IE Super carrier)?

Yes, Enterprise was the first CVN. However she wasn't the first "super carrier" ... that distinction went to the USS Forrestal (CV-59).
24 posted on 05/03/2006 7:22:57 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: vortigern
As I remember it:

As I remember it: Fellow Squids call it a "boat". Sometimes the Jarheads can too, but that's frowned upon.

Anyone else gets their nose smashed.

25 posted on 05/03/2006 7:23:33 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SandRat

steer clear of the neutral zone!


26 posted on 05/03/2006 7:24:59 PM PDT by isom35
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To: vortigern
I was an Air Force guy on the Ship for an exercise. The cool part of the mission was watching a night launch of the Space Shuttle from 20 miles out.


27 posted on 05/03/2006 7:25:48 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Daaave
Beautiful shot of Leyte Gulf.

I went to the Med aboard Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 1989 (her first Med cruise). Our Aegis cruiser was Leyte Gulf.
28 posted on 05/03/2006 7:26:28 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: SandRat
I send educational material to the U.S. Navy ships...most recently the Enterprise was one of them. Knew they were deploying soon for I had to get course material to them ASAP.

To the crew: I hope the books arrived safely :)

29 posted on 05/03/2006 7:26:41 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Remember 9/11...and the reason we are fighting. Islam is a threat to our national security.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Nice picture of Enterprise. That's Long Beach in the center and a Virginia class CGN on top.

Not sure which Virginia class it is. I think Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas were the 4 ships of that class.
30 posted on 05/03/2006 7:31:56 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: Tallguy
The big square tower used to give the Enterprise a more severe "burble" for recovering aircraft when she was making her own wind.

Go Mobile Chernobyl.

31 posted on 05/03/2006 7:39:26 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: ryan71
Yep, spent a lot of time on the Enterprise in the Gulf of Tonkin. That would be in the later 60's. I was with VF-96 a fighter squadron. Same outfit that Duke Cunningham was with.
32 posted on 05/03/2006 7:41:09 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: ryan71
On a side note... I think this was launched around the same time as the Enterprise and Long Beach. First and last nuclear powered merchant ship. Would be interesting to see where she is now.


33 posted on 05/03/2006 7:45:12 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Shoot me if I'm wrong....

But....isn't the Savannah moored somewhere in South Carolina as a museum ???

34 posted on 05/03/2006 7:55:28 PM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: ryan71

USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)

navsource.org/

35 posted on 05/03/2006 8:05:35 PM PDT by Daaave ("Bomb- bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran.")
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To: operation clinton cleanup

According to a Wikipedia article, she is now in the James River Reserve Fleet near Newport News, VA. That article references her stint as a museum ship at an earlier time.


36 posted on 05/03/2006 8:11:24 PM PDT by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Yep!


37 posted on 05/03/2006 8:36:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: eastforker
Navy Captain

Pay Grade O-6

Collar Rank

Sleeve Rank

Shoulder Board

38 posted on 05/03/2006 8:48:35 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Enterprise, no prouder ship name in US Navy. The WW2 Enterprise, one of the most famous fighting carriers of the war. I think she was in just about every major engagement.

I might add, as every sailor knows, she is a "ship" not a "boat." Subs are boats.


39 posted on 05/03/2006 9:04:33 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Parley Baer

VF-96 - 'The Fighting Falcons', during the later 1960's.

Hmmm...

Perhaps you might have known of my late Father, he would have been LCDR DON V WELLS at that time. He had two tours to Vietnam flying with VF-96. Departed the squadron sometime in 1967 to head to Virginia Beach to become X.O. of VF-41. A few years before Duke Cunningham's time...


dvwjr


40 posted on 05/03/2006 9:10:20 PM PDT by dvwjr
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To: SandRat

A few of my Enterprise (CVN 65)links


Official Big E Rx Site
http://www.mooj.com/rxdept.htm

Big E Fire
http://www.bigefire.com/


41 posted on 05/04/2006 12:39:06 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: SandRat

Somebody screwed up on the sleeve rank for O-6 (Captain) -- should be four full stripes like the shoulder board. Didn't know if you noticed...


42 posted on 05/04/2006 7:49:53 AM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: dvwjr

That was about the time I was transfered from VP-50 to VF-96. We either just missed or were together for a very short time. Long time ago and hard to remember names.


43 posted on 05/04/2006 9:02:05 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Tallguy

Yep and Nope.


44 posted on 05/04/2006 11:24:00 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Tallguy
Sleeve Rank
45 posted on 05/04/2006 11:30:20 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: sasportas
Enterprise, no prouder ship name in US Navy. The WW2 Enterprise, one of the most famous fighting carriers of the war. I think she was in just about every major engagement.

I think fans of the USS Constitution would challenge your "prouder ship name" assertion. Of course, the Constitution is still the original ship (technically speaking, of course).

IIRC there were 21 WWII Battle Stars issued for combat actions in the Pacific Theater. Enterprise earned 20 of them, only missing Coral Sea (by a matter of days, as she and Hornet rushed in late from the Doolittle Raid.
46 posted on 05/04/2006 12:48:36 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Parley Baer

That makes perfect sense. The personnel situation was very fluid with WESTPAC deployments. Plus I have problems remembering most of the names of guys I went to VMI with during the later 1970s - so I understand!

Naval Aviation has shrunk so much since the 1970s that many famous squadron designations have been retired. The Fleet is getting so short-handed that the formal policy is to now have a Marine Air squadron deployed as part of a Navy Carrier Air Wing. Heck - a Marine Colonel now is the CAG of CVW-9. The turn-about is that a USN Captain will take over one of the three active duty Marine Air Wings.

All because Congress will not spend enough to fully populate the decks of the carriers...


dvwjr


47 posted on 05/04/2006 12:57:15 PM PDT by dvwjr
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