Norfolk, Ca. - After 51 years of service, the USS Enterprise is headed to Newport News Shipbuilding for the final time this morning. NewsChannel 3′s Todd Corillo is the only television reporter onboard for the trip and is tweeting updates and photos from the journey.
Once at the shipyard the ship’s nuclear fuel will be removed from its eight nuclear reactors.
The move will mark the final voyage for the ship before the formal decommissioning, which will take place once the defueling process at Newport News Shipbuilding is complete.
She is expected to stay in Newport News until 2016 when she will be towed to Puget Sound in Washington to be scrapped.
Nearly 150 shipyard workers were present for the move as a last tribute to a vessel that many of the workers had a role in building.
I spent a few years with it in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
They are naming CVN-80 The Enterprise, assuming it doesn;t get cut. The (new) Enterprise is presently scheduled to begin active construction around 2018 and be delivered by 2025. However, in an effort to save costs, the Congressional Research Service indicates that the Navy Department is reviewing the possibility of extending the length of time used to build both the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and the Enterprise by two years. If approved, the ship would not enter service until 2027 and prevent any instance of 12 carriers being in service at any one time. The ship is currently scheduled to replace the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).