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Storied carrier, 'the Big E,' makes final voyage
Yahoo (AP) ^ | 3/10/12 | BROCK VERGAKIS

Posted on 03/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PST by DemforBush

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior.

A quarter-century later, the dice will still be dangling inside the tower of "the Big E" as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sets sail on its final voyage Sunday...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bige; carrier; enterprise; iran; israel; navair
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1 posted on 03/10/2012 3:53:55 PM PST by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

Rest easy now Big E. You have served freedom well and honorably.


2 posted on 03/10/2012 4:02:27 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: DemforBush

Sad. I landed on her twice in a US-3A Viking in 1986 while she was in the Indian Ocean. While there, they had the Ambassador to Oman on board so they did a fast cruise. That is when I found out it was the fastest ship in the fleet because of her excess steam capacity.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 4:04:30 PM PST by microgood
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To: DemforBush

In the 1960’s, the “Big E” made port at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco - where my Dad was stationed.

We got a tour of the ship - incredibly massive and it made a huge impression on me ...


4 posted on 03/10/2012 4:07:07 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: DemforBush

There was a fascinating series on TV about the WWII Enterprise a while back.

That ship was clearly the center of the Pacific war. At one time she was the only carrier we had left in the Pacific. Probably should have been sunk several times but the crew was always somehow able to save her.


5 posted on 03/10/2012 4:07:58 PM PST by yarddog
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To: microgood

6 posted on 03/10/2012 4:10:00 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: DemforBush

I feel for the sailors of the Enterprize. I know how I felt when my ship was decommissioned and then served our country as target practice for the Navy. A ship become part of you if you have served on her.


7 posted on 03/10/2012 4:10:36 PM PST by RC2
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To: Steve Newton
Rest easy now Big E.

She deserves better than the scrap heap - would be better if she was serving as a floating museum ...

8 posted on 03/10/2012 4:12:46 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: DemforBush

I’ve shared this story before but with Big E’s retirement thought y’all might enjoy this true story...

In 1966 I was attending Second Class Diving School in Subic Bay, PI.

We had a work order from the Enterprise which involved packing one of the rudder posts. As divers, we had pack a “dam” around the rudder post while the ship’s snipes installed the new packing on that rudder post.

The process took a few hours. We had the diving barge tied up to the stern of Big E.

One of our guys took a chipping hammer and began chipping paint just above the waterline. He chipped out his name, HUEY, on the stern.

High up on the stern near the flight deck was ENTERPRISE. Guess The Big E had two names after that diving job.

Don’t know how long it lasted before it was painted over.


9 posted on 03/10/2012 4:13:17 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: magslinger

10 posted on 03/10/2012 4:24:20 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: DemforBush

My Dad was Chief Engineering Officer/XO on the USS Boxer ...

11 posted on 03/10/2012 4:25:08 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: RC2

Strange, but it is true, isn’t it?


12 posted on 03/10/2012 4:25:26 PM PST by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: DemforBush

And the next carrier will not be named Enterprise, but named after that philandering JFK.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 4:25:45 PM PST by omega4179 (Internet ID:FU░&#BO)
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To: Lmo56

The LHD or the Carrier?


14 posted on 03/10/2012 4:26:55 PM PST by omega4179 (Internet ID:FU░&#BO)
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To: RC2

Yep!


15 posted on 03/10/2012 4:30:45 PM PST by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: DemforBush

“and scrapped”?

I’m amazed that some sea coast city doesn’t want it as a tourist attraction?

Oh that’s right, since zero took office all our cities are doing fine.


16 posted on 03/10/2012 4:37:31 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: DemforBush
Anyone who gets a chance should go see her. She's a very pretty ship.

She established...the prima facie example of America's absolute dominance of the seas worldwide. Especially blue ocean.

Her reactors and generators, even today, could power a city of 50,000 without shortage.

She could destroy AT LEAST 125 of the 161 countries in the world.

Good chow too:)

17 posted on 03/10/2012 4:38:45 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: DemforBush

The WW II Enterprise was scrapped. It would be sad if the same happened.


18 posted on 03/10/2012 4:40:41 PM PST by HChampagne
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To: microgood
"That is when I found out it was the fastest ship in the fleet because of her excess steam capacity."

50 knots easy.

She can move at freeway speeds and no other capital ship in the world can keep up with her.

19 posted on 03/10/2012 4:41:18 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: DemforBush

Might be worthy some prayer . . .

there’s some noise on the net about expectations that the Big E will be attacked and sunk when festivities with Iran begin.

Sigh.

I hate globalists and their satanic ruthless treacherousness.


20 posted on 03/10/2012 4:41:29 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: RC2
"A ship become part of you if you have served on her."

Brother, thank you for your testimony. Amen.

21 posted on 03/10/2012 4:42:54 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: DemforBush

I’m shocked obama hasn’t sold it to China. Or maybe even given it to them.


22 posted on 03/10/2012 4:44:11 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: DemforBush

I served on the Enterprise 1983-1986. I was reenlisted by Vice President Bush on her. Lots of memories.


23 posted on 03/10/2012 4:45:54 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: BIGLOOK
That's the Enterprise with the Long Beach.

Both of the prettiest ships ever built.

Well, along with the Benjamin Stoddert with the fantail but 8ft above the waterline.

24 posted on 03/10/2012 4:46:09 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: omega4179

Carrier - [CV/CVA/CVS-21, LPH-4] ...

Essex Class carrier that was commissioned to late for service in WWII.

In 1948, she was the first carrier platform to launch a jet. Saw service in the Korean War.

The navy began experimenting with the concept of a carrier operating entirely with attack helicopters, and Boxer was used to test the concept.

Later became part of a new amphibious assault squadron with four Landing Ship Tank vessels equipped with helicopter platforms. The experimental concept would allow for rapid deployment of US Marine Corps personnel and helicopter squadrons. She was reclassified LPH-4, denoting a “Landing Platform Helicopter”.


25 posted on 03/10/2012 4:46:11 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Lmo56

I only asked because you posted the LHD, not CV-21


26 posted on 03/10/2012 4:48:54 PM PST by omega4179 (Internet ID:FU░&#BO)
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To: Lmo56

Amen to that.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 4:52:50 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: omega4179; Lmo56
The LHD or the Carrier?

Or the LPH?


28 posted on 03/10/2012 4:53:37 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Paparazzi mob senior citizen mistaking her for Lindsay Lohan (True Story))
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To: yarddog

Longer ago than I’ll admit, MY Navy named aircraft carriers after FAMOUS ships (ie. Boxer, Wasp, Ranger etc) or historic naval battles, such as MIDWAY. Many of the CVE’s (jeep carriers) were name to honor even land battles, such as St. Lo and others.
Thus our ships were born with a proud legacy.
It will not be the same Navy without an ENTERPRISE.


29 posted on 03/10/2012 4:53:52 PM PST by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: DemforBush
I was on and off the Big E multiple times on “Yankee Station” as a Navy electronics “Crisis” call guy (tech Rep), In and Out of country and even to the USS New Jersey who had a “crack crew” ;-) so they said. Lots of fun (yeah right). Different world different time...
30 posted on 03/10/2012 4:55:36 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: aomagrat

G-2 WEPS, 81-85


31 posted on 03/10/2012 4:59:51 PM PST by misanthrope ("...Everybody look what's goin' down.")
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To: omega4179
My bad - got a lot of pix ...

How's this?


32 posted on 03/10/2012 4:59:54 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Mariner
That is when I found out it was the fastest ship in the fleet because of her excess steam capacity.

50 knots easy.

She can move at freeway speeds and no other capital ship in the world can keep up with her.

Holy smokes!

From looking up her stats the flight deck is about the size of some mid-town Manhattan city blocks. Don't know how high above the water line the deck is but the image that comes to my mind (NYC escapee) is;

A whole friggin' block of NYC buildings passing me in the left lane of the NY Thruway!

And being swept away to hell and gone by the bow wave!

33 posted on 03/10/2012 5:01:41 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Mariner
On Benjamin Stoddert:

On 22 February 1982, Benjamin Stoddert departed Hawaii for her ninth western Pacific cruise. After a brief stop at Guam on 6 March, she proceeded on to the Philippines. While enroute to Subic Bay, the warship conducted both antisubmarine and antiair warfare exercises, an underway routine she would continue throughout this deployment. Following a week in Subic Bay, the guided-missile destroyer steamed to Korea and, between 28 and 30 March, participated in amphibious Exercise "Team Spirit 82." She then sailed between Hong Kong, Subic Bay, and Yokosuka before anchoring in Shimoda-ko, Japan, on 15 May. In the latter port, she took part in the Black Ship Festival, commemorating Commodore Matthew C. Perry's opening of Japan to foreign trade in 1854. Benjamin Stoddert returned to Subic Bay on the 24th.

Leaving the Philippines on 2 June, the guided-missile destroyer sailed to Sattahip, Thailand, anchoring there on the 6th. That same day, tension between the Soviet Union and the West increased after Israel invaded Lebanon. International friction notwithstanding, the warship joined the previously scheduled exercise "Cobra Gold 82" in the Gulf of Thailand on the 7th. Her participation included naval gunfire support for an amphibious landing exercise and ASW operations with three Royal Thai Navy warships. Still, heightened Cold War tension intruded when, just before midnight on 8 June, Aneroid — a Soviet intelligence gathering trawler — fired an illumination flare over Thai ship HTMS Khirirat.

Departing Pattaya, Thailand, on 19 June, Benjamin Stoddert, guided-missile cruiser Sterett (CG-31), and two other destroyers passed into the South China Sea on their way to Subic Bay. The next evening, Soviet aircraft — presumably from bases in Vietnam — began shadowing the American warships. At around 22:00, a Soviet aircraft dropped 16 flares over Turner Joy (DD-951). A few minutes later, Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) received .30-caliber machinegun fire from an unidentified ship in the vicinity. The warship responded in kind, deliberately aiming high; and the foreign ship ceased fire. Although tension remained high the rest of the night, no other incidents occurred; and the warships arrived at Subic Bay on 23 June. After that, however, Stoddert passed her remaining five weeks in the western Pacific without incident; and, following two "war-at-sea" exercises in the waters off Japan, she steamed for home on 6 August.

Mooring at Pearl Harbor on 12 August, the warship spent the rest of the year doing maintenance work on her boilers and standing several regular safety and readiness inspections.

This wikipedia article is not accurate. Two ships were hit, the the McCormick and the Turner Joy. Both took .50cal and .30 cal fire.

They were hit by Vietnamese "fishing trawler/patrol boats.

But then ONLY after we had cruised btween the mainland and some island about 30 miles off shore...no less than 20 times. Back and forth.

We finally pissed 'em off.

After they fired and we fired back, off to Sasebo! The Black Ship Festival is a truly unusual and rare experience.

34 posted on 03/10/2012 5:01:45 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

There have been a bunch of ships named Enterprise.

I always thought it interesting that the series “Star Trek” used that name too.


35 posted on 03/10/2012 5:03:07 PM PST by yarddog
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To: DemforBush

My big brother flew A6 Intruders off her during his tours of Viet Nam.


36 posted on 03/10/2012 5:04:40 PM PST by Mogollon (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Lmo56
Well, except the LHAs came first.

Tarwara sailor speaks:)

37 posted on 03/10/2012 5:05:44 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: knarf

That is it! Thanks for posting that.


38 posted on 03/10/2012 5:07:36 PM PST by microgood
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To: Covenantor
Idn't that just the damnest thing?

That ship leaves a wake you can see the next morning.

39 posted on 03/10/2012 5:09:24 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: misanthrope

W Div WEPS, 83-86. We must have met a time or two.


40 posted on 03/10/2012 5:10:36 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: DemforBush

There will be another Enterprise.


41 posted on 03/10/2012 5:10:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: yarddog
"There have been a bunch of ships named Enterprise."

Who else but the USN has the balls to name their ships Enterprise.

Naming a ship after our spirit. Hell, several of 'em.

We also have Endeavor as a Name.

Only the British have done as well in the naming category.

42 posted on 03/10/2012 5:12:27 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

My father (CMC) served on the Long Beach and years later I was TAD to a picket ship to the Enterprise BG on Yankee Station. Told a story about the Big E that got pulled. Maybe I can tell it again now.


43 posted on 03/10/2012 5:18:45 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: omega4179

There is a movement that the CVN-80 will be named the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. CVN-78 will be the U.S.S. FORD, CVN-79 will be the next JFK.


44 posted on 03/10/2012 5:20:01 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

Roger that, Captain. I was the XO of the Marine Detachment on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the early 70s. A great ship with a proud history.

In the mid 90s I was driving thru Baltimore and glanced out the window to see the 43 once again. She was being cut up for scrap. Even though I wasn’t a sailor, I still felt a twinge of regret about her circumstances.

Semper Fi,


45 posted on 03/10/2012 5:21:09 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Mogollon

“My big brother flew A6 Intruders off her during his tours of Viet Nam.”

I did a couple of tours with the Enterprise in 1967 and 1968. I was with VF-96 at the time. I was also on board during the “Pueblo” incident off North Korea.


46 posted on 03/10/2012 5:22:51 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: knarf

There she is, Miss Piggy!


47 posted on 03/10/2012 5:23:27 PM PST by Trueblackman (Yes I am Breitbart too.)
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To: knarf

There she is, Miss Piggy!


48 posted on 03/10/2012 5:23:34 PM PST by Trueblackman (Yes I am Breitbart too.)
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To: yarddog

My grandfather served on the Hancock, which was in the same strike group as the wwii Enterprise.


49 posted on 03/10/2012 5:24:27 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: microgood

Ironically there is a legend out there that Admiral Rickover used the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE’s speed to help him convince congress that we need a faster submarine. The Big E was leaving San Franciso Bay and a Russian submarine was shadowing it, all with the knowledge of the U.S. Navy. They kept ordering the Big E to go faster to find out how fast the Russian boat could go to keep up with the Big E as it headed to Pearl Harbor. Eventually it was determined that the Russian boats have the ability to outrun any of current boats, and he was able to win the LOS ANGELES Class submarines. http://www.ehow.com/about_5393742_history-nuclear-submarine.html


50 posted on 03/10/2012 5:26:53 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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