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Pen Made from Wood from USS Enterprise (CVN 65)


 
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Pen Made from Wood from USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

This pen is crafted from ladder handrail wood from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the longest serving aircraft carrier in U.S. naval history. Constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding, Enterprise was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. At her commissioning in November 1961 as CVAN-65, she became and remains the world’s longest naval vessel at 1,123 feet. She is the eighth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name proving to be a worthy successor to USS Enterprise (CV 6), an aircraft carrier that saw combat throughout World War II and became the most decorated Navy ship of that conflict. Both ships proudly share the nickname, the “Big E.”

Her two-month circumnavigation of the globe in 1964 as the leader of Nuclear Task Force One, and her six western Pacific combat deployments to Vietnam between 1965 and 1973, demonstrated the speed, flexibility and sustainability of nuclear- powered aircraft carriers as elements of America’s foreign policy. As a result, since the commissioning of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975, all succeeding U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been nuclear-powered.

Over the course of her unprecedented 51 years of active service, Enterprise made a total of 25 deployments to all corners of the globe. She was beginning a voyage home from the Persian Gulf when the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were carried out in the U.S. Without waiting for orders, the carrier returned to the waters off Southwest Asia, outrunning her escort ships, ready for combat.

Completing her final deployment in November 2012, her high speed trial on the way home proved to be the second fastest of her long career. In December of that year, still in commission, she was honored with a farewell ceremony in her home port of Norfolk, Virginia as she prepared for inactivation and removal of the nuclear fuel from her eight reactors. That farewell was witnessed by thousands of Navy men and women and shipyard personnel who served and worked on Enterprise during her five decades of operations. These sailors and civilians created and lived up to the ship’s motto, “We are Legend!”

With the ship scheduled to be decommissioned in early 2017 and later scrapped by the Navy, the Navy awaits the construction of CVN-80 in the mid-2020s to welcome the next USS Enterprise to the fleet.

Pens Proudly Crafted by:
American Heritage Pens
Old Town, Maine, USA

Enterprise Wood Pens Offered Exclusively by:
Naval Historical Foundation
Navy Museum Store
1306 Dahlgren Ave. SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374

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