2012-12-14 / Community

Locals Attend USS Enterprise Farewell

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystal S. Purvis, daughter of Mary and Frankie Purvis of Far Rockaway, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shavonne L. Holman, daughter of Anntrette Holman of Far Rockaway, and Steven Duncan, of East Elmhurst, New York along with nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

The inactivation ceremony was the last official public event for the ship, and served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 sailors who served aboard.

The Chief of Naval Operations, the Commander of United States Fleet Forces, nine of 23 prior commanding officers, many decorated war heroes, and thousands of Enterprise veterans attended the event.

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