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January 28, 2013

Local veteran attends Enterprise decommissioning ceremony

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The Enterprise was also in the news in February 2011, when it became involved in operations that captured 75 Somali pirates.

It also made missile strikes against the Libyan government.

At the ceremony, Morgan was able to connect with only one crew member who was aboard during his tour of duty.

“I saw one guy with the same squadron hat as mine, but I did not know him.

“It was just neat to see the Big E again. I feel proud that I served on it,” he beamed.

DESTINED TO BE SCRAP

On Nov. 5, 2012, the Enterprise returned to Norfolk for the last time, and it was inactivated on Dec. 1.

According to the Navy, it won’t be possible to turn the USS Enterprise into a museum.

The “Big E” will be towed to Puget Sound, Wash., where its eight nuclear reactors will be removed and the rest of the ship cut up for scrap.

It would reportedly have been too expensive to put the ship back together once the reactors were taken out in order to convert it into a museum.

The deactivation of the Enterprise will result in a one-time increase of about $857.3 million in depot maintenance costs for the U.S. Navy’s 2013 operation and maintenance budget. 

A future carrier will be named the Enterprise.

Email Alvin Reiner at: rondackramber@yahoo.com

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