Dec. 1 2012 a historic day for the US Navy

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by JD1969, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

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    Tomorrow, Dec. 1, 2012 the ship my father served on will be decommissioned. The USS Enterprise aka "Big E" is the second oldest commissioned ship in the Navy (behind the USS Constitution). She was the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier in our fleet and part of the first nuclear powered Task Group to see combat. She also played a role in the Cuban missile crisis, the first Gulf War and many many other operations.

    My dad was a Navy Nuke and was a Machinists Mate 1st class, he was asked to test for Chief Petty Officer, passed the test but declined as his time was up and he wanted to go home and spend time with his family. He served in the US Navy for 10 years ('58-'68).

    Any other members here serve or have friends or family that served aboard the USS Enterprise?
     
  2. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i served 4 cruises on her.
    i was on her when she was the only nuke attack carrier in the world. then she became the first nuke multi mission antisub capable carrier in the world too. they dropped the A designation.
    im here in va now. i see her when i go to work every day. soon, she'll be gone. i became a man on that ship.
    it will all be memories soon.
    she will be missed.
     

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  3. jjfuller1

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    kind of a sad day... be great to make a musem out of it for history sake
     
  4. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    it cant be. it has too many nuke hot spots. the metal must be buried. its been sold and will be scraped in washington state. the reactors will be yanked here in va. in order to do it, everything from the keel to the hanger deck will have to be removed. there wont be anything left to make into a museum.
    remember, the e was a class of its own. it has 8 reactors, 4 props and 4 rudders.
    today, carriers only have 2 reactors, 2 rudders.
    the entire 2nd deck and below was one huge reactor.
     

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  5. c3shooter

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    I was aboard her when she was in Newport News Shipbuilding for a refit- back about 1988 or so. Walking up to a vessel that size in a graving dock is like walking up to, and standing beside a gray mountain.
     
  6. Ruger22lr

    Ruger22lr New Member

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    They better not scrap her like the original Big E
     
  7. JD1969

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    If anyone can find a live steam of the ceremony or any type of vid, I would be very thankful.
    bobski, you must the same guy from the Ruger site. I posted in that thread as well. Thanks for putting up all the info you did.
     
  8. robertb6112

    robertb6112 New Member

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    Hopefully it's still in the yards in February so I can at least see it.
     
  9. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thank you for posting this JD. I have a couiple friends and 2 cousins who were in the Navy. I'll have to ask them if any of them served aboard her.

    To the veterans who did, and all of the other veterans who have served or still are serving our nation, Thank You for your service, and a thank you to your families who stand behind you. There are so many that do not understand that freedom isn't free. If it were not for you, I fear that many would learn this lesson the hard way.
     
  10. trip286

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    I got to see it up close when I boarded the Whidbey Island.

    I also took a tour of a carrier, but I'm not sure which one (nor even how many we have for that matter). I took the tour when I was a kid, maybe 5 or so. My uncle at the time was an enlisted sailor. I think it may have been the enterprise.

    That also would have been around '88-'89. It was in a shipyard.
     
  11. one_crazy_dude

    one_crazy_dude New Member

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    I just wanted to THANK YOU to all who served in the armed services while reading these post.
     
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  13. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    40 - tarawa
    41 - midway
    42 - rossy 1
    43 - coral sea
    44 - cancelled
    45 - valley forge
    46 - iwo jima
    47 - phillippine sea
    48 - saipan
    49 - wright
    50 - cancelled
    51 - cancelled
    52 - cancelled
    54 - cancelled
    57 - cancelled
    58 - united states (never completed)
    59 - forest fire
    60 - sinkin' sara
    61 - ranger
    62 - indy
    63 - kitty hawk
    64 - connie
    65 - enterprise 2
    66 - america
    67 - kennedy
    --------------------everything above this line is decommed
    68 - nimitz
    69 - ike
    70 - vinson
    71 - rossy 2
    72 - lincoln
    73 - washington
    74 - stennis
    75 - truman
    -----------------------below this line is being built
    76 - reagan
    77 - bush
    78 - ford
    -----------------------below is proposed
    79 - kennedy 2
    80 - clinton, obama, enterprise 3
     
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  14. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

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    Jeezus I hope I never see a carrier with named Obama. E3 would be so much better.
     
  15. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    anyone notice the last 3 are pro war republicans?
     
  16. trip286

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    I found a model of the Enterprise in Hobby Lobby. I was explaning the situation to my son. He was in awe... then I realized why when he says "LOOK!! The ghostbusters' car!!"

    Little hellion.
     
  17. Yunus

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    I work on a Navy Base and Decommisionning?sp coins are being released on Dec 3 is my understanding. If anyone would like one I can pick it up for you. I'm not sure if quantities are limited or not, nor do I know the price but if anyone is interested let me know.
     
  18. trip286

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    I would be, but I refuse to own one, having never served on it.
     
  19. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

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    I would like one to keep with the rest of the things I have of my fathers, let me know the cost please.