USS Enterprise returning Sunday from final voyage

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Associated Press & 13News

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 1:58 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is returning from its final deployment.

The Navy says USS Enterprise is due at Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday.

The escort ships are due home Sunday and Monday. The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) is due home Monday while USS Nitze and USS James E. Williams will arrive Sunday.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg from Naval Station Mayport, Fla. will get home on Monday, Nov. 5.

The Big E has taken part in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis. During its 25th and final deployment, the Enterprise operated in Europe and the Middle East. Among other things, it conducted maritime security operations and supported Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ship will be deactivated in December after more than 50 years of service. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for Enterprise. Enterprise veterans, their families and shipyard workers are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events. Tickets to the events will be on a first available basis.

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