I’m depressed. It’s the end of an era.
The USS Enterprise is out of commission and there is officially no Enterprise roaming around right now. I mean I know it’s only a matter of time before Zefram Cochrane develops warp speed and Star Fleet is established (HEY! It could happen, okay?!), but I liked having our own Enterprise.
Why do we keep retiring our Enterprises? O’ lamentation.
But wait! Do I hear an echo of hope?
Oh Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, please give me something to work with.
“The work of the name Enterprise is not done,” says Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Rarely has our fleet been without a ship bearing the name Enterprise since the beginnings of our Navy. And because of that, this decommissioning ceremony is even more poignant Now there’s nothing I can do about this retirement and about the name Enterprise leaving the fleet today. But there is something I can do to keep the name in the fleet.”
And then – after he pauses for effect and I hold my breath – he finally says:
“So I’m happy to announce the next nuclear aircraft carrier – CVN-80 will be named the USS Enterprise.”
Video provided by the USNavy YouTube Channel
Oh such rejoicing!
And you know, I think I know a captain who might have some words to say on the matter (and to whomever captains the ship to bear the famous name).
“Do you know the one ‘All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by’? You could feel the wind at your back, about you. The sounds of the sea beneath you. And even if you take away the wind and the water, it’s still the same. The ship is yours. You can feel her. And the stars are still there.” – Captain James T. Kirk (from The Ultimate Computer)
The name lives on after all. As well it should.
You want more about the recently retired USS Enterprise? Here’s a photo and video montage of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier during her first five years, 1961-1966.
(Video by Naval History and Heritage Command)
Jessica L. Tozer is a blogger for DoDLive and Armed With Science. She is an Army veteran and an avid science fiction fan, both of which contribute to her enthusiasm for technology in the military.
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