Ceremony sends USS Enterprise into retirement

Steve Helber/AP photo The crew of the USS Enterprise stands at attention Saturday after disembarking during the inactivation ceremony for the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The ship served in the fleet for 51 years. Thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy. The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. With the inactivation, the U.S. fleet is temporarily reduced to 10 aircraft carriers while the USS Gerald R. Ford is built. It will join the fleet in 2015.

The crew of the USS Enterprise stands at attention Saturday after disembarking during the inactivation ceremony for the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The ship served in the fleet for 51 years. Thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy. The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. With the inactivation, the U.S. fleet is temporarily reduced to 10 aircraft carriers while the USS Gerald R. Ford is built. It will join the fleet in 2015.

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