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USS ENTERPRISE Departs for Last Cruise

Probably one of the biggest slices of US Navy history gets ready to head off on her last cruise on Sunday from Norfolk.

The heritage this ship has is unparalleled.  My dad flew his second Vietnam deployment on board her in 1966-67 with VA-56, having made his previous cruise 10 months before on the USS Ticonderoga, a WW2-era carrier with the 27-C modifications to give her an angled deck.  I can't really think of a bigger change in flight deck environments going from a WW2 flat top to the space-aged first nuclear-powered carrier.

World's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, 'the Big E' makes final voyage

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Have a safe cruise, Big E!  See you when you return home.