Big ‘E’

The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits the Atlantic Ocean during a scheduled underway for the tailored ship's training availability. Enterprise is the oldest active naval aircraft carrier and is making preparations for its 21st deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy D. Laseter/Released)

The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits the Atlantic Ocean during a scheduled underway for the tailored ship's training availability. Enterprise is the oldest active naval aircraft carrier and is making preparations for its 21st deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy D. Laseter/Released)

Enterprise is now scheduled to be retired early, in 2013.

UPDATE: CDR Salamander on an interview with SecDef Gates:

Oh, one last thing from the interview. A little love for the ‘ole USN.

He is the secretary of defense; he has to pick his fights. At one point in our interview, he noted that he’s not proposing to cut the number of aircraft carriers. When I asked why not, he replied, “I may be bold, but I’m not crazy.”

OK, maybe not a heart-felt love – maybe closer to fear; but I’ll take it.

Comments

  1. That’s good to hear. A carrier battle group is expensive as hell, but I think that not having them when we need them could be a lot more expensive.

  2. The “Big E” was the first ship I deployed on. Was originally scheduled to retire before I did [2003], they keep moving the date…

  3. Sad to say that when she retires she will be the last carrier named Enterprise, and the last carrier not named for an admiral or a politician. Looks like all carriers in the future will be named for pols. I guess the next one named will be the USS Teddy K. or Bobby Byrd.

  4. >Enterprise is the oldest active naval aircraft carrier<

    INS Viraat is older. Only two years, but should not say false things.

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