Shrinking

Our navy is now one carrier smaller.

The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ended its remarkable career at sea on Sunday when it pulled into its home port for the final time after participating in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The USS Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. The ship will never move on its own power again and will eventually be scrapped in Washington state, making its final voyage a sentimental one for those who have sailed aboard “The Big E.”

We now have ten carriers. The replacement for Enterprise is years away.

Oh, and our warplanes are about due to collect Social Security.

Some aircraft these days are flown and maintained by the grandchildren of the crews who first flew them.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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One Response to Shrinking

  1. BadBob says:

    Saw her in Mayport when we were down in Jacksonville last week. Quite a sight.

    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/280508/483/USS-Enterprise-makes-its-last-stop-at-Mayport

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