Military Photos: USS Enterprise – Her Last Voyage

Fifty years after her maiden voyage America’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier completed her final voyage on 31 October.

USS Enterprise
The ‘Big E’ returning home from Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 – U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Douglass M. Pearlman. (RELEASED)

Over the last half century the ‘Big E’ brought her substantial punch to bear during the Cuban Missile Crisis, during the Vietnam War and against Iran during operation Praying Mantis, to name a few. With her return to Naval Station Mayport, Florida, her active days are over.

The inactivation ceremony is scheduled for 1 December 2012. Go to the official Enterprise website for more information and registration. Hopefully she will be preserved and does not have to end as razor blades.

Many more images of first nuclear carrier on the U. S. Navy website,