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USS Enterprise being shut down.

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From io9:

It's the beginning of the end for the USS Enterprise. After 50 years of service, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is going dark at the same shipyard where it was first built.

Around 600 sailors and 1,200 employees at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia have been tasked with completing the "inactivation."

The web site links to the Daily Press newspaper:

... But the Enterprise has no more fighting days left, and shipyard workers now face a sad reality: The ship is literally going dark before their eyes.

"We've got probably half the ship or more that is uninhabited," said Dave Long, program director. "It's dark — no electricity, no ventilation. And we've actually sectioned it off with certain barriers and locks, very safely, so people can't get lost."


The Enterprise will remain in Newport News until 2016. Eventually, it will be towed from Hampton Roads around the tip of South America to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash.

There it will be dismantled and recycled.

"If you didn't serve on Enterprise, you really haven't lived," said Rear Admiral Thomas More.

A new class of aircraft carrier goes into service in 2016, one of those ships is slated to be named Enterprise.

Edited by Diesel Micky Dolenz

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