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World’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise makes final deployment

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The USS Enterprise has set sail on its final voyage.

Officials
say the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was featured in the
film "Top Gun," left Norfolk, Va., around noon on Sunday.The
ship with more than 4,000 crew members has been a part of history over
the past 50 years. It was involved in several wars and played a
prominent role in the Cuban missile crisis. It also served as a spotter
ship for John Glenn's historic orbit of Earth.The Enterprise is the longest aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet. It is also the oldest.

The
ship is both old and one-of-a-kind, meaning maintenance can be tricky.
Crew members acknowledge life at sea can be tough because they often
have to build spare parts from scratch.


Added: Mar-11-2012 Occurred On: Mar-11-2012
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