Say Goodbye to the USS Enterprise... Forever

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Say Goodbye to the USS Enterprise... Forever

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The USS Enterprise US Navy aircraft carrier has been undergoing decommissioning since 2012. Once this "inactivation" is completed, the vessel will be scrapped in 2015.

While Star Trek's USS Enterprise will likely remain the most famous vessel by that name, there's a real ship that deserves that recognition. The USS Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and at 1,123 feet in length, she is the longest naval ship in the world.

In service since 1962, the USS Enterprise has been undergoing decommissioning since 2013. She served for 51 consecutive years - longer than any other US aircraft carrier. Her final deployment ended November 2012.

One of the veteran shipbuilders that got to escort the Enterprise on her goodbye voyage was Rodger Morefield, who speaks of her like only a shipbuilder could.

"She's the only girlfriend I'm allowed to have, I'll put it that way," Morefield said. "She has been high maintenance, but she has been worth it."

Now, her "inactivation" has nearly completed. The Navy has never permanently shut down a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier before, and it has cost $745 million to do it. In January 2015, the Enterprise will be towed from its current location - Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding - to Dry Dock 11 in Washington, where she will be dismantled and recycled.

"Serving on Enterprise was almost a badge of honor among those who were nuclear trained," said Rear Admiral Thomas Moore, the Navy's program executive officer of aircraft carriers. "If you didn't serve on Enterprise, you really haven't lived."

"This is something nobody wants to do, but it has to be done," said Captain William C. Hamilton Jr., commander of the Enterprise. "So let's have people who love the ship do it. That's the dignity of it."

Another ship will carry on the legacy of the name: the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, construction of which is years away. The current Enterprise was the eighth vessel to bear the name, and her predecessor was the most decorated warship in US history.

Hooyah.

Source: Daily Press

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We'll send the scrap to China on the cheap. Then they can use it to make goods to sell back to us!

Baresark:
We'll send the scrap to China on the cheap. Then they can use it to make goods to sell back to us!

Especially if it's irradiated and they can find a way to put it in our children's toys.

In ten years, we'll be begging for lead again!

So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

As Picard once said, there's plenty more letters in the alphabet. So the next Enterprise will technically be the Enterprise-I

Baresark:
We'll send the scrap to China on the cheap. Then they can use it to make goods to sell back to us!

Make sure to scrap it, and then sell it to China. Not the other way round like with the Melbourne.

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

Finally to razor blades, eh? :)
She taught us a lot.
RA Moore can be forgiven; skimmers, what can yah do, amiright? :)

Shame she won't be converted to a museum the way some of the older oil-fired carriers have, but, as I understand it, to remove all of the nuclear reactor components, they've got to cut some pretty massive holes in her, which would cost an inordinate amount of money to repair after the fact.

If the John F Kennedy is made into a museum, it may very well be the last US fleet carrier ever preserved.

Redlin5:

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

And the power from its reactor could probably power your entire country!

MatthewGeer:
Shame she won't be converted to a museum the way some of the older oil-fired carriers have, but, as I understand it, to remove all of the nuclear reactor components, they've got to cut some pretty massive holes in her, which would cost an inordinate amount of money to repair after the fact.

If the John F Kennedy is made into a museum, it may very well be the last US fleet carrier ever preserved.

Makes me glad the state saved the USS North Carolina. It's unfortunate they can't save the Enterprise, but she's leaving a hell of a legacy.

SacremPyrobolum:

Redlin5:

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

And the power from its reactor could probably power your entire country!

Reactors, she had 8 of them compared to 2 of nearly every other nuclear powered ship.

Her namesake would have been a better candidate for preservation but this successor will be missed.

Old war vessels shouldn't be scrapped. They should be sent somewhere to die in battle. Nevertheless, if they break her down into something worthwhile, she'll be there in spirit. Now, about that space vessel...

FalloutJack:
Old war vessels shouldn't be scrapped. They should be sent somewhere to die in battle. Nevertheless, if they break her down into something worthwhile, she'll be there in spirit. Now, about that space vessel...

Indeed. NASA has a beautiful concept in mind.
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Remus:
(Sweet image of experimental space vessel idea here)

Yeah, that's the one.

People have felt the desire to make science fiction - Star Trek especially - a reality, so much so that in some ways we're already past Kirk and in other ways we're still catching up. Still, the pieces are coming together, ever so slowly. A most innovative Enterprise...

thaluikhain:

Baresark:
We'll send the scrap to China on the cheap. Then they can use it to make goods to sell back to us!

Make sure to scrap it, and then sell it to China. Not the other way round like with the Melbourne.

That's the one! I couldn't think of the name of the ship they did that with. What jackasses the government can be.

I bet if Chekov and Uhura hadn't drained the reactor, it'd still be in service.

It was a fine ship, fully worthy of it's name. Let's hope it successor will be able to carry it's name just as well.

And since 2013, William Shatner has attempted to kick the reactor rods back into alignment.

I actually had the pleasure to spend a few day on that ship for what's called a "Tiger Cruiser". Massive ship, Air craft carriers are floating mini-cities.

Its shame it won't be converted into a museum, though.

Don't be too sad. It wasn't the first Enterprise. It won't be the last.

Redlin5:

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

The end of the article said another Enterprise is in the works. They're gonna start construction in a few years.

bandit0802:

Redlin5:

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

The end of the article said another Enterprise is in the works. They're gonna start construction in a few years.

Yes, I saw that.

And here I thought the Star Trek franchise got killed off or something like that when I read the title.

I'm impressed they where able to build that ship 50 years ago. Back when I was a kid we didn't even have cellphones all the time and the ones that existed where the size of a brick. But that didn't stop those builders from making that carrier.

SacremPyrobolum:
And the power from its reactor could probably power your entire country!

Until it melts down at least. Most nuclear reactors as old as the Enterprise have been decomissioned, and given humanities spotty history with making portable versions of anything it would only have been a matter of time before the thing saw itself off.

And theres probably something to be said about the idea of nuclear reactors on barges going where theyre needed.

Most nuclear reactors are portable, in nuclear submarines. They work fine, and are inherently safe. It's only when solid uranium water cooled reactors start getting larger than a few hundred megawatts that physical boundaries start being tested and you start to require safety mechanisms that are complicated and engineered (and therefore capable of failing).

About a third of all CO2 emissions from transportation comes from ships burning truly gross bunker oil on the high seas. If we replaced those filthy burners with clean reactors you wouldn't have to feel so guilty about eating bananas from South America in the middle of February.

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

Redlin5:

SacremPyrobolum:
So we really aren't saying goodbye to the USS Enterprise forever then, eh?

If the name lives on, the title is wrong. I was actually expecting the article to say they were retiring the name or something.

Oh well. She is a nice looking hunk of steel. The price of her replacement would never be something my country would invest in however.

Some ships get converted to museums, so it isn't really a goodbye forever. This ship, this enterprise, will be reduced to scrap metal.

It is goodbye forever for this ship and for the immense significance it has to those in the Navy and those with an appreciation for what this vessel represents.

It's a tragedy that this U.S.S. Enterprise's predecessor was turned into scrap as well. A very sad and undeserved ending for the most decorated ship in U.S. Navy history. As to this U.S.S. Enterprise, it's also disheartening she is being turned into scrap. This vessel represented a huge leap forward in carrier design, technology and served with incredible distinction. A scrap pile is the last place a vessel with this name, and history, should be going.

My uncle served on that ship.

Rhykker:
Say Goodbye to the USS Enterprise... Forever

And say hello to the most misleading headline of the last week. I wish I could say it was the most misleading headline ever, but this kind of crap is becoming all too common on the Escapist. I realize you want to get more clicks so you get more ad revenue, but at the expense of your integrity? Really?

Avaholic03:

Rhykker:
Say Goodbye to the USS Enterprise... Forever

And say hello to the most misleading headline of the last week. I wish I could say it was the most misleading headline ever, but this kind of crap is becoming all too common on the Escapist. I realize you want to get more clicks so you get more ad revenue, but at the expense of your integrity? Really?

The USS Enterprise is being decommissioned and scrapped. She had a crew of almost 5,000. She is the longest-serving aircraft carrier in US history. She is the longest naval vessel in the world. She is one of the world's most famous naval vessels. She is not being turned into a museum, as some have hoped, but will be gone forever. As far as I'm concerned, the only integrity being eroded here is the vessel's hull integrity. If you disagree, then, respectfully, we have a difference of opinion.

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"Okay, I got the picture, it looks awesome. Guys, you want to move those planes back under deck? I'm kind of low on fuel and I need somewhere to land. Guys?"

Say goodbye forever... until the next Enterprise is finished being built.

I see what you did there ._.

wow, that thumbnail is a bit misleading. Either way glad they are recycling it. that is a lot of steel.

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