The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) returned to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., for the last time Sunday under its own power, ending a storied era of service at sea in all the nation’s wars and conflicts since the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years ago.
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The Enterprise was joined with two other nuclear powered surface warships in what was called Nuclear Task Force One. I served on the Long Beach - the middle ship in this picture:
While there was a lot of promise at the time for nuclear surface warships it simply didn't make it outside of the carriers. The benefit I saw on the Long Beach was focused on the ability to leave port and go full speed 24/7 to a hot spot. The main liability was the TALOS system, which was a ram jet missile. The last time I saw the LONG Beach was in Perth. The TALOS system had been taken out and the space was converted to a gym.
So a sad farewell for all who served on her, or with her.