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End of a Legend: Final Farewell to USS Enterprise after 55 years of service

By Alim Kahraman

USS ENTERPRISE, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, will be decommissioned on February 3, 2017. USS ENTERPRISE joined the fleet in 1961 and played a role in major world events from the 1962 Cuban missile crisis the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

USS ENTERPRISE was inactivated from service at Norfolk Naval Station in 2012  after completing its 25th deployment. The warship has spent the past several years being defueled and dismantled at Newport News Shipbuilding, the shipyard where it was built and refueled.