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USS Enterprise - line drawing
© Thoralf Doehring. Used with permission.

USS ENTERPRISE   (CVAN-65)
(later CVN-65)


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The 1980s and Beyond
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026501
29k Small Image, shown underway. USN
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026502
20k Small Image, nice view of the bow at speed. USN
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026503
16k Underway stern view. USN
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026504
31k Rail manned about to enter Pearl Harbor. USN
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026505
26k Rail manned, passing Arizona Memorial. Pearl Harbor. USN
CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026524
32k This is a official German Navy photo of CVN 65, the first taken through the periscope of U 28 during the recent JFTEX. © Jörg
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026551
189k

Aerial port quarter view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway off the coast of Washington, early February 1982, following a long Puget Sound refit begun in 1979. The most noticeable change was the reconstruction of her island: her futuristic electronic-scan radars were removed and replaced by an SPS-48 3/D radar (forward) and an SPS-49 long-range air search set (aft), as well as an SPN-41 for CCA aft on the starboard side of her flight deck. At the same time three 8-cell NATO Sea Sparrow Mk.29 launchers (one on the after port sponson) replaced the BPDMS installed in 1967, and the ship was also fitted with three Phalanx CIWS (one of them visible on the port forward sponson and another on the after port edge of her quarterdeck). US Navy photo by PHS Ronald Cabral (DVIC id: DNSN8206011).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cd
78k

"These photos are all of the Big E loaded up with cars for the transit back to Alameda from PSNSY Feb 11, 1982."

"The one shrouded in fog was taken near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Worden State Park."

"All photos taken by Kent Smith (ET2), Dallas TX. Crewman at the time."

Kent Smith (ET2)
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cda
71k
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cdb
79k
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cdc
53k
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cdd
98k
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026585
140k

A starboard beam view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) approaching the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, March 4, 1982. US Navy photo by PH3 Curt Fargo (DVIC id: DN-ST-82-05108).

Robert Hurst
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026586
121k

A starboard bow view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), NAS Alameda, April 1982. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier had returned to port following a short cruise after the completion of renovations that included the rebuilding of the superstructure. US Navy photo by PHAN Kathy Moss (DVIC id: DN-ST-82-05733).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026587
116k

A high angle vertical view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway in the Southern California Operations Area (SOCAL OPAREA), May 10, 1982. US Navy photo by PH3 Cabral (DVIC id: DN-SC-83-00345).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026588
167k

Aerial starboard quarter view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway for a Western Pacific deployment, September 1, 1982. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is visible in the background. US Navy photo by PHAN Watts (DVIC id: DN-SN-85-07563).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026589
162k

An aerial port bow view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway for a Western Pacific deployment, September 1, 1982. The Golden Gate Bridge is visible in the background. US Navy photo by PHAN Watts (DVIC id: DN-SN-85-07559).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026590
99k

An air-to-air right side view of a Medium Attack Squadron 95 (VA-95, "Green Lizards") A-6E Intruder, BuNo. 161104, assigned to USS Enterprise (CVN-65), escorting a Soviet Tu-142 Bear-D, October 1982. US Navy photo (DVIC id: DN-SN-84-03469).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026591
245k

Aerial starboard side view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41), background, underway with their task groups. The frigate USS Hepburn (FF-1055) is underway in the foreground. Pacific Ocean, October 1982. US Navy photo by PHAN Mellendorf (DVIC id: DN-SN-85-07596).

Defense Visual Information Center
CV-41 + CV-43 + CVN-65
NS024331
96k

Photo taken on 13 April 1983, during exercise FleetEx 83-1, in the North Pacific Ocean. The three carriers are, clockwise from left, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Midway (CV-41), and USS Coral Sea (CV-43).

Then LT Jim Petroski was aboard the Big E in the Reactor Dept., as RC division officer, and comments: "I spent some time up on the signal bridge during this photo op and got some great pictures of aircraft flying over us. Our air wing was the only one which could fly that day as the sea was quite rough—wave splashes were coming over the hurricane bow—and neither the Coral Sea nor Midway could launch/recover a/c. The frigate to starboard of "E" went up to 1/2 under in the waves, and the Coast Guard cutter to port came about 2/3 out of water. Quite a sight that day."

"The April 13 date sounds correct. We were crossing and re-crossing the international date line a lot at that time. So some days were 46 hours long, and others were 2 hours long. It was easy to forget what day it was!"

Darrell Young (RM3), USS Coral Sea, 1983-1987
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265ad
95k

At Subic Bay Naval Base, 1984, during a liberty stop on her WestPac/Indian Ocean cruise.

Photo by Charles Davidson
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bk
170k

An aerial port view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as she enters Pearl Harbor, 15 June 1984. Members of the ship's crew man the rail.

U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Bennett. Available from DefenseImagery.mil (# DN-SC-85-07428).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026506
139k

Aerial starboard bow view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) passing under the San Francisco Bay Bridge, August 14, 1985. In the background is the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). The ships were taking part in the Peace in the Pacific celebration being held in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. US Navy photo by PHC John Kristofferson (DVIC id: DN-ST-85-10658).

Defense Visual Information Center
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bb
121k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) being eased into Hunters Point Navy Yard Dry Dock No. 4, 28 November 1985.

Library of Congress photo, id.: HAER CAL,38-SANFRA,195A-21.

Mike Green
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bba
129k

Dry dock No. 4 at Hunters Point Navy Yard being pumped out, 28 November 1985. USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is positioned over the keel blocks as the dock is being emptied.

Library of Congress photo, id.: HAER CAL,38-SANFRA,195A-22.

CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265am
192k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is seen in dry dock #4 at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Mare Island Naval Shipyard was using the dry dock to maintain carriers homeported in the San Francisco Bay area at this time. U.S. Navy photo, November 1986, file name CVN 65 217505-11-86.

Darryl Baker
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026596
116k

A very curious photograph taken in Singapore in late December 1989. There's an aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), but the boxy "island" structure does not belong to the Big E, but to the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9)—you have to look closely to discern her!. Just to the right of the carrier, in the background, is the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) and, further right, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, possibly USS Lake Champlain (CG-57). Long Beach, New Jersey and Lake Champlain were part of Battle Group Romeo, led by the battleship.

Ben Brooks
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bq
138k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway, probably in the 1990s. This photograph was received in 1998.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106551-KN).

Naval History & Heritage Command
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026592
160k

A stern view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) undergoing overhaul at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation dry dock 11 on the James River. Newport News, VA, June 29, 1991. Photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) (DVIC id: DN-SC-92-01234).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026525
122k This was taken during a Tiger Cruise with my son, EM2 C. W. Goss, who was serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise. It was about 1995. OS1 (SW) Goss, USN (Ret.)
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026526
130k As above. OS1 (SW) Goss, USN (Ret.)
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026527
162k As above. OS1 (SW) Goss, USN (Ret.)
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026528
33k At the pier in Norfolk, Virginia, in the 1990s. Carroll W. Goss, OS1 (SW) Ret.
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026563
91k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) steams in the Virginia Capes operating area during carrier qualifications, December 11, 1995. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Nicholas H. Griseto (# 951211-N-4700G-002).

Bill Gonyo
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265aa
198k

"Catapult Intruder," air operations aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the mid-1990s. Artwork © by Alan Craddock, used with permission.

© Alan Craddock
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265af
67k

An F/A-18 leaving the deck of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) just on sunset, for a night sortie. The first Hornets to deploy with Enterprise were those of VFA-81 "Sunliners" and VFA-83 "Rampagers," part of Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) during Big E's June–December 1996 cruise. Artwork © by Alan Craddock, used with permission.

© Alan Craddock
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026566
47k

An F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight One (VFA-81) "Sunliners" aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), circa 1996.

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bi
210k

An A-6 Intruder aircraft assigned to the "Sunday Punchers" of Attack Squadron Seven Five (VA-75) makes ready for launch from the number one catapult, during carrier qualifications aboard the US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), 27 April 1996. The Big E was participating in Combined Joint Task Force Exercise '96 (CJTFX '96), as part of a multinational force of over 50,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Canada, Britain and the United States. Photo by Mike Corrado, USN Civ. (# 960427-N-0000C-008 and DN-SD-01-09770).

Robert Hurst
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026564
81k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway in the Persian Gulf, September 22, 1996, while in support of Operation Southern Watch and the extended no-fly zone over Iraq. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Michael D. Malone, arrived in the Gulf September 19, 1996, to join forces with the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) already on patrol. This action was approved by the President following Saddam Hussein's military action above Iraq's 36th parallel, and subsequent strikes by Navy and Air Force air- and surface-launched cruise missiles, under operation Desert Strike. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Second Class Matthew Hostetler (# 960922-N-7968H-010).

Bill Gonyo
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265ab
82k

Celebrating the 50th birthday of the Navy's nuclear reactor community, sailors spell out "NR-50" on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 24 April 1998, in the Virginia Capes Operating Area. U.S. Navy photo.

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026529
73k An SH-60 Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7) hovers off the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

DoD photo (980720-N-5458S-001) by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Smith.
Edward Cleary
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026547
212k

The Persian Gulf, December 17, 1998 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) steams to the southern end of her operating area the morning after the first wave of air strikes on Iraqi targets. The operation, Operation Desert Fox, was launched after Iraq failed to comply with UN resolutions regarding UNSCOM weapons inspections. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Todd Cichonowicz (# 981217-N-8492C-012).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026567
101k

Underway with Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) aboard, circa 1998-1999.

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026575
105k

Four F/A-18C Hornets wait to launch from the bow catapults of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), February 23, 1999, as an F-14B Tomcat launches from the waist catapult. Enterprise was deployed to the Adriatic Sea to support NATO decisions concerning Kosovo. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin D. Olvey, U.S. Navy (# 990223-N-4004O-002).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026568
69k

Steam rises from the number one catapult aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as an F/A-18C Hornet climbs into the sky and another F/A-18C, from VFA-105 "Gunslingers," awaits its turn. The carrier was operating in the Mediterranean with her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) on a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Darryl L. Wood, March 9, 1999 (photo # 990309-N-9301W-002).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026552
97k

A row of F/A-18C Hornets undergo maintenance in the hangar deck of USS Enterprise as the carrier operates in the Mediterranean, 11 March 1999. Closest to camera is #201 (BuNo 164265), assigned to VMFA-312 "Checkerboards"; next is #304 (BuNo 164946) assigned to VFA-37 "Bulls." The opening for a deck-edge elevator is visible in the left background. The overhead is used to store drop tanks and spare parts. US Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Karl L. Peters (# 990311-N-8854P-002).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026561
83k

An HH-60 Seahawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7, the "Dusty Dogs") and embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN-65), hovers in the foreground as two E-2C Hawkeyes attached to Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126, the "Seahawks") fly over the carrier, April 14, 1999. Enterprise was deployed to the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Timothy S. Smith (# 990414-N-5458S-002).

Jack Treutle
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026597
99k

A Landing Signal Officer (LSO) from the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Patuxent River, Md., watches as an F-14A Tomcat makes an arrested landing aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 15 February 2000. The Big E was conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael W. Pendergrass (#000215-N-3235P-004).

Alex Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026562
128k

Sep. 2, 2001 — USS Enterprise underway in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Douglas Pearlman (# 010902-N-6259P-004).

Bill Gonyo
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026530
113k

Nov. 5, 2001 — Sailors aboard USS Enterprise spell out "E = mc2 x 40" on the carrier's flight deck to mark forty years of U.S. Naval nuclear power as ship and crew return home from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Douglass M. Pearlman. [011105-N-6259P-001].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026536
79k

Nov. 9, 2001 — F-14 Tomcats prepare to take off from the flight deck of USS Enterprise.

U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class, Martin Maddock. [011109-N-0872M-507].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265ah
166k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) profile, circa 2002–2004.

Courtesy of ©Windjammer-Arts Naval Art & Aviation Art
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026537
134k

May 16, 2003 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) steams alongside the Military Sealift Command Fast Combat Support Ship USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) during an underway replenishment (UNREP). Enterprise was underway off the Atlantic coast conducting carrier qualifications.

(NS026537): U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman (#030516-N-6259P-004).

(NS026537a): U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman (#030516-N-6259P-003).

(NS026537b): U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman (#030516-N-6259P-001).

(NS026537c): U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman (#030516-N-6259P-002).

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CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026537a
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CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026537b
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CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026537c
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CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026545
104k

Atlantic Ocean, Jun. 25, 2003 — Sailors assigned to the air department lay out the barricade on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during a general quarters drill. When raised to a vertical position, the barricade is used to stop aircraft that have to make an emergency landing and are unable to make an arrested tailhook landing. Enterprise was underway in the Atlantic Ocean for Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Robert Gaston (photo # 030625-N-0119G-002).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026539
112k

Sep. 21, 2003 — The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) makes her way in the Atlantic Ocean during her final preparation for the Enterprise Strike Group deployment to the Mediterranean.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman. [030921-N-6259P-003].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026540
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Northern Arabian Sea, Oct. 21, 2003 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) steams toward the Persian Gulf while on her six-month scheduled deployment.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman. [031021-N-6259P-001].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026541
93k

As above.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman. [031021-N-6259P-002].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026576
107k

Arabian Sea, Nov. 11, 2003 — The guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64), top, and the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), bottom, underway alongside the fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE-4) during a replenishment at sea. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was on a scheduled deployment conducting missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Douglas M. Pearlman (# 031111-N-6259P-004).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026542
71k

Persian Gulf, Dec. 3, 2003 — As steam from a previous launch billows out of the catapult track, flight deck personnel hustle to prepare an F/A-18 Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Six (VFA-86), to launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Milosz Reterski. [031203-N-9742R-002].

Alexandr Tatchin
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026543
95k

Persian Gulf, Jan. 10, 2004 — The fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE-4) steams alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while conducting an early morning Replenishment at Sea (RAS). Both ships were conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the continued war on terrorism.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson. [040110-N-5405H-001].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026544
130k

Persian Gulf, Jan. 23, 2004 — The guided missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64) steam alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The three ships were in the Persian Gulf on a regularly scheduled deployment, conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the continued war on terrorism.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson. [040123-N-5405H-009].

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026577
116k

Persian Gulf, Jan. 27, 2004 — The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE-4), and the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64) perform a replenishment at sea. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was nearing the end of a scheduled deployment in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson (# 040127-N-5405H-002).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026569
92k

Naval Station Norfolk, Va., February 29, 2004 — Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) "man the rails" as the the nuclear powered aircraft carrier approaches her pier at her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The "Big E" and her strike group were returning after completing a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, including Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Sondra Howett (# 040229-N-7097H-006).

Bill Gonyo
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026556
31k

Norfolk, April 18, 2004.

© Ryan Sherwood
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265cg
120k

The crew assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) "man the rails" as they prepare to moor at Port Everglades, Fla., 26 April 2004, for Fleet Week 2004. Shown also are the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG-56), center left, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57), center right, and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN-755), lower right. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class William Lovelady (# 040426-N-2038L-001).

Robert M. Cieri
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026557
23k

Fort Lauderdale, during Fleet Week, 27 April 2004.

© Ryan Sherwood
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026578
86k

Atlantic Ocean, Jun. 29, 2004 — An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Seven (VAQ-137), makes an arrested landing aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), involved in Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat capability across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse was the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Robert A. Wood (# 040629-N-5469W-023).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026548
71k

USS Enterprise visit to Portsmouth, England, 4th July 2004.

© Alan Baptist
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026549
53k

Atlantic Ocean, July 12, 2004 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65), left, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), right, steam through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in formation with other US Navy ships and multi-national warships (including two aircraft carriers: the Spanish Príncipe de Asturias (R-11), alongside Enterprise and the Italian Giuseppe Garibaldi (C-551), alongside Harry S. Truman) as part of Majestic Eagle 2004. Enterprise and Harry S. Truman were also part of the seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004 (see NS026578). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson (# 040712-N-5405H-101).

USN
CVN-75, CVN-73 and CVN-65
NS026553
91k

Naval Station Norfolk, Va., August 27, 2004 — A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue (SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS George Washington (CVN-73), and USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (# 040827-N-4459K-002).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026579
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Norfolk, Va., Oct. 13, 2005 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Norfolk Naval Base for the first time since Sept. 2004 when she started a scheduled Extended Selected Restricted Availability in Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier then conducted Sea Trials and Flight Deck Certification in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Rob Gaston (# 051013-N-0119G-141).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS0265bt
153k

E-2C Hawkeye, BuNo 165298, modex AB603, assigned to the "Screwtops" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 lands on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 19 October 2005. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Carrier Qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bill Howell (# 051019-N-7263H-005).

Robert Hurst
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026580
87k

Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 3, 2005 — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), center, sails alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), followed by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), left, and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), right, during an early morning vertical replenishment and underway replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson (# 051103-N-5345W-055).

USN
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026581
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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, November 3, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson (# 051103-N-5345W-097).

USN
CVN-65 and CVN-69
NS026570
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Atlantic Ocean, November 3, 2005 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) sails alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during an early morning vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) were conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Josh Kinter (# 051103-N-7748K-001).

Jack Treutle
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026582
163k

Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 6, 2006 — USS Enterprise (CVN-65) prepares to conduct a refueling at sea with the guided missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG-74). The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was underway conducting routine carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Josh Kinter (# 060206-N-7748K-002).

USN
CVN-65 + AOE-6 + FFG-50
NS09590609
103k

USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) conducting a connected replenishment (CONREP) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP) while sailing through the Atlantic Ocean with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USS Taylor (FFG-50), March 3, 2006. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) were conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). US Navy photo by PH3 Rob Gaston (# 060303-N-0119G-009), from the MSC web site.

Lee Wahler
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026598
119k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7), 24 July 2006. The Big E and her embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) were underway on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Rob Gaston (#060724-N-0119G-018).

Chester Morris
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026598a
144k

As above. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Rob Gaston (#060724-N-0119G-111).

Chester Morris
CVN-65 Enterprise
NS026599
105k

USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 20 April 2007. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in the background.

Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
CVN-65 Enterprise + T-AOE 6
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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducts an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) while the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69) follow behind while underway in the Persian Gulf, 4 October 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class N.C. Kaylor (#071004-N-5928K-005).

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An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, performs a fly-by for family and friends of crew members during an air power demonstration held by USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the Atlantic Ocean, 17 December 2007, during a three-day Tiger Cruise. The Big E and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 were on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class George R. Kusner (# 071217-N-4294K-008).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), arrives at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., for an extended drydock restricted service availability (EDRSA), 11 April 2008. Photo by Ricky Thompson, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (#426-162).

Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.

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CAPT Ron Horton, commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), accepts the Battle "E" award on behalf of the crew from ADM Jonathan Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, during the Battenberg Cup presentation ceremony, 13 August 2008. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was the 2007 recipient of the Battle "E" and Battenberg Cup, which is awarded annually to the ship's crew that exemplifies operational excellence. The Big E was in an extended dry dock shipyard restricted availability period in Newport News, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stacy D. Laseter (# 080813-N-1287L-035).

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CAPT Ron Horton, commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), holds the Battle "E" awarded to the carrier's crew after accepting the award from ADM Jonathan Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, during the Battenberg Cup presentation ceremony, 13 August 2008, in Newport News, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stacy D. Laseter (# 080813-N-1287L-037).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Naval Station Norfolk, 1 October 2010.

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Naval Station Norfolk, 2 October 2010.

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, with the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring (D32), during a Composite Training Unit Exercise for the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, 19 October 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alex R. Forster (# 101019-N-1324F-223).

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 "Fighting Checkmates" about to launch from USS Enterprise (CVN-65), circa 2010–2011.

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), left, and guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87), seen from USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), in the Atlantic Ocean, 17 January 2011, en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets Areas Of Responsibility (AOR).

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Sailors spell out "E=mc²" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ship's commissioning, while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 February 2011. Big E was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the oldest still in service, and was celebrating her 50th birthday on 25 November 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Alex R. Forster (# 110217-N-WO496-001).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) conduct an UNREP (Underway Replenishment) in the Northern Red Sea, 3 March 2011.

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 29 June 2011.

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Additional views of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1 July 2011. Note the Cathedral of Palma in the background, in photo NS0265ax.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, tail code "AB," included the following squadrons:

  • Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-11 "Red Rippers," with F/A-18F Hornets, side number 1xx.
  • Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-211 "Fighting Checkmates," with F/A-18F Hornets, side number 2xx.
  • Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-136 "Knighthawks," with F/A-18E Hornets, side number 3xx.
  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-251 "Thunderbolts," with F/A-18C(N) Hornets, side number 4xx.
  • Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-137 "Rooks," with EA-6B Prowlers, side number 5xx.
  • Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-123 "Screwtops," with E-2C 2000 Hawkeyes, side number 6xx.
  • Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HS-11 "Dragon Slayers," with SH-60F and HH-60H Seahawks, side number 61x.

COD aircraft, not part of CVW-1, were C-2A(R) Greyhounds from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 "Rawhides."

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 11 July 2011, as part of training for a Tiger Cruise Air Power Demonstration. Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 were in the Atlantic Ocean, completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared M. King (# 110711-N-CH661-088).

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Two F/A-18 Hornets perform aerial combat maneuvers as part of training for a Tiger Cruise Air Power Demonstration aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Atlantic Ocean, 11 July 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared M. King (# 110711-N-CH661-132).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returns to Naval Station Norfolk, 15 July 2011, after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie (# 110715-N-QY430-099).

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The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), left, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG-78) and USS Cole (DDG-67) underway, 4 February 2012, while participating in exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in 10 years. Bold Alligator 2012 represented the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focused on current fight with current forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. B.A. 2012 took place January 30 through February 12, afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alfredo R. Martinez II (# 120204-N-ZZ999-006).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs on her final deployment from Naval Station Norfolk, 11 March 2012. The Big E was deploying as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie (# 120311-N-QY430-103).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 11 March 2012, for the ship's 25th and final deployment. The aircraft carrier was deploying as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Harry Andrew D. Gordon (# 120311-N-VH054-242).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 11 March 2012, for the ship's 25th and final deployment. The aircraft carrier was deploying as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Harry Andrew D. Gordon (# 120311-N-VH054-366).

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Spectators gather at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Va., as USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 11 March 2012, on her final deployment before decommissioning. The Big E and her Carrier Strike Group were deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik (# 120311-N-YC845-009).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 11 March 2012, for the ship's 25th and final deployment. The aircraft carrier was deploying as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet Areas Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Frank J. Pikul (# 120311-N-ZE938-078).

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Left to right: USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), and the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69), conduct a Replenishment At Sea in the Atlantic Ocean, 21 March 2012. All four ships were deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel J. Meshel (# 120321-N-NL401-017).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 21 March 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex R. Forster (# 120321-N-WO496-136).

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65), with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1. Piraeus, Greece, 28 March 2012.

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Left to right: USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG-94) and USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) conduct a replenishment at sea in the Mediterranean Sea, 2 April 2012. The ships were deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area Of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex R. Forster, USN (# 120402-N-WO496-038).

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F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), perform a missing-man flyover formation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, 3 June 2012, in the Persian Gulf. The Big E was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian G. Reynolds (# 120603-N-ED185-068).

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Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) carry a time capsule filled with messages and mementos for the crew of the next ship to carry the Enterprise name during the ship's inactivation ceremony. The Big E was commissioned in 1961 and inactivated in 2012, after 51 years of service. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton (# 121201-N-JL826-239).

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Ceremony attendees observe the inactivation ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Nick C. Scott (# 121201-N-OP638-001).

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Attendees observe the inactivation ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Forster (# 121201-N-WO496-203).

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Guests observe the inactivation ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), 1 December 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua E. Walters (# 121201-N-NB694-020).

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pays tribute to the past and current crews of USS Enterprise and announces that CVN-80 will be named Enterprise.

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"Long Live the Legend." A visual history of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and the sailors who manned her through the years, set to President John F. Kennedy's remarks to the Naval Academy graduating class of 1961. Produced by MC2 Joseph Guerra, USS Enterprise Media Department.

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