Thread: The Big E's Final Departure
03-12-2012, 05:14 AM #1
The Big E's Final Departure
I was out fishing yesterday on my jet ski (report to follow) and was privileged to see the USS Enterprise depart the Norfolk harbor. I was at the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel around the first island when it passed through out to the Atlantic. There were plenty of people on the island and pier to see her off. The ship is the longest and first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and even at over fifty years old still quite a sight to see. I was glad I was on the water to see her leave on what will be the final 6 month deployment before being retired.
Here are some pictures I took today, they do not do it justice.
03-12-2012, 08:52 AM #2
03-12-2012, 10:52 AM #3
After this deployment, they are going to take the reactors out and scrap her.
03-12-2012, 05:38 PM #4
Thanks for the replies. Here are a couple more pictures. I was a couple hundred yards away from the ship.
03-12-2012, 06:07 PM #5
Quite fortunate that you got that close? I seem to rem a while back where a member posted up about being run down by the Navy/USCG and questioned after he did a "fly-by" of a carrier that was leaving the yard in Norfolk... I guess those guys don't react to well to small "bogies" that show up on the radar and appear to be homing in... lol.
03-13-2012, 04:49 PM #6
03-14-2012, 12:20 PM #7
Great pics! Thanks for taking/sharing them.
...did you take a moment to jump the wake once or twice?
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