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The Enterprise Will Sail Again

03 December 2012 @ 14:41

Thank the good Lord those fools running the Navy and the Defense Departments didn’t get their wish.

From DOD News, we learn:

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today via video message at the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise.

Mabus selected this name to honor USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was inactivated today in Norfolk, Va. Commissioned in 1961, CVN 65 served for more than five decades. It participated in the blockade of the Cuban Missile Crisis, launched strike operations in Vietnam, and conducted combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"The USS Enterprise was the first of its kind, and for 51 years its name has been synonymous with boldness, readiness and an adventurous spirit," said Mabus. "Rarely has our fleet been without a ship bearing the name. I chose to maintain this tradition not solely because of the legacy it invokes, but because the remarkable work of the name Enterprise is not done."

The future USS Enterprise, designated CVN 80, will be the ninth ship to bear the name.

USS Enterprise and subsequent Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers will provide improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for Sailors and reduced life cycle costs.

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be 1,092 feet in length and have a beam of 134 feet. The flight deck will be 256 feet wide, and the ship will be able to operate at speeds in excess of 34 knots. Enterprise will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

The Obama Administration had originally planned to retire the name [from what I was told], in keeping, no doubt, with their plan to destroy all the traditions and customs we Americans hold so dear.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    03 December 2012 @ 19:44 19:44

    Navy Blog “CDR Salamander” had an excellent article and discussion on this over the weekend.

    Read it here: http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2012/12/and-salamander-did-grin.html

    • 03 December 2012 @ 20:31 20:31

      Thanks, MT. I learned a few things from the Comment section over there.

      I think, sadly, we’re going to need the old carrier in the coming years.

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