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Enterprise Returns to Norfolk

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Story Number: NNS070521-12
Release Date: 5/21/2007 4:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Jen Crenshaw, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk on May 11 following a 12-day underway period for carrier qualifications.

For the nearly two week period, Enterprise was home to a few new squadrons as the pilots of Training Air Wings (TW) 1 and 2 conducted carrier landings at sea.

Since returning to Norfolk nearly six months ago from a six-and-a-half-month deployment, the crew of the Enterprise has spent numerous weeks at sea maintaining their fighting edge and continuing to further hone their skills to support combat operations once again.

"In keeping with the Navy's FRP (Fleet Response Plan), we are dedicated to supporting the nation's objective of defending the world against terrorism by sustaining a persistent state of readiness," Enterprise Commanding Officer Capt. Larry Rice. "Through FRP, we have increased our ability to provide persistent and massive combat power which supports the nation's requirement for an immediate, credible source."

During its 2006 deployment, Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 conducted combat operations simultaneously in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and Operation Medusa. From early September through November, Enterprise-based aircraft expended more than 130 precision weapons against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.

“We have the best aircraft, weapons systems, and sensors available. Most importantly, our equipment is maintained and serviced by the smartest and most dedicated Sailors in the Navy – this training underway period keeps the sword sharpened so we are ready to answer the nation’s call,” said Capt. O.P. Honors, Enterprise executive officer. “Enterprise is always ‘Ready on Arrival.’”

During this current underway, Big E was joined by the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet, stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif.; the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 flying the F/A-18 Hornet, stationed at NAS Oceana; the “Tridents” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 3 flying the SH-60 Seahawk, stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.; and the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 flying the C-2A Greyhound, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk.

Big E is the centerpiece of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which also includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95); the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), the fast-attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and the fast combat supply ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6).

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