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USS Enterprise Retirement Beaming Down Star Trek’s William Shatner

USS Enterprise Retirement Beaming Down Star Trek's William Shatner

Norfolk, VA – The USS Enterprise is retiring soon from the US Navy and Captain Kirk will be beaming aboard for the retirement ceremonies. According to the Associated Press, actor William Shatner of the Star Trek series is scheduled to perform Friday during the USS Enterprise’s inactivation ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. As previously reported on The Inquisitr, this year the USS Enterprise began its final voyage home before being decommissioned.

Navy spokesman Mike Maus said, “We sort of think he might be coming, but not as an official part of the ceremony.” William Shatner’s representative said the actor would give a short speech at the event.

William Shatner played the fictional star ship captain James Tiberius Kirk who helmed the USS Enterprise in the long-running TV and movie series Star Trek. Flying through space, the fictional USS Enterprise and Captain Kirk’s crew traveled to where no one has gone before. While fictional, the stories of the Star Trek universe would often recall “historic” examples like the real-life USS Enterprise.

The real USS Enterprise was the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier to join the United States Navy fleet. Besides William Shatner, the real-life USS Enterprise has actually hosted another crew member of its fictional Star Trek counterpart.

In 1983, George Takei was aboard the USS Enterprise when it ran aground on a sandbar while returning to Alameda, California from a deployment. George Takei played Lt. Commander Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series.

According to the Naval History & Heritage Command website:

“During the final leg of the inbound channel, however, approximately a half-mile from the pier, USS Enterprise ran aground and was delayed for almost five hours until the incoming tide and tugs could free her.”

What do you think about the USS Enterprise inactivation ceremony being attended by William Shatner? And, yes, I knew what the “T” stood for off the top of my head.

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65 Responses to “USS Enterprise Retirement Beaming Down Star Trek’s William Shatner”

  1. Michael Scharch

    Sad to see the Enterprise put into mothballs. I would love to see a floating museum made out of her. There is alot of history in that ship and with prior ships of that name. The WW2 Enterprise was the most decorated ship in the entire U.S. navy at that time. I sincerely hope that the navy plans on giving that name to a new carrier.

  2. Bobby Mobley

    As a Navy Veteran it is a sad day when the ship you served onboard is Decommisioned, I am not sure if they will Scrap her, I am not sure since she is a Nuke ship.

  3. Ernie Fisher Jr

    I believe the Enterprise being retired is the WW II ship. My father was on the shakedown cruise after the nuclear refit in the late 1950's.

  4. Dale A. Wood

    @Michael Scharch: The USS ENTERPRISE will NOT be put into mothballs. "Mothballls" iis a strorage state where the ship could be brought back into duty sometime in the future. (This happened with the USS NEW JERSEY twice.)
    The ENTERPRISE will be sent to a nuclear-powered ship decontamination and shipwrecking yard in Washington State where she will be cleaned up, unfueled, cut up into scrap metals of different kinds, and then melted down.

    A big aircraft carrier like her has tens of thousands of tons of steel, copper wiring, brass, bronze, metal plumbing, aluminum, lead (for shielding her nuclear reactors), uranium, etc., to be recycled,
    and then many more tons of simple stuff like paint, floor tiling, lubricants, glass, plastics, refrigerants, insulation, rubber, mercury, etc., and even concrete, to be gathered together and disposed of safely.

    It is all a titanic task that has never been done on a nuclear-powered ship this large before, and it will take years to do all of the work.

    By the way, the abbreviation for World War II is "WW II" and it always has been that way.

  5. Jerry Suttles

    The current USS Enterprise ( CVN-65 ) was commissioned in 1965 and was the first nuclear carrier.The Navy only has nuclear carriers in her fleet all boiler powered ships have been de-commissioned.

  6. Jerry Suttles

    Correct, the Enterprise in a class all it's own. All other carriers are Nimitz class. The Gerald Ford is under construction now and is a new class, the Gerald Ford Class, the 3rd ship in this class could be named Enterprise.Look up U.S. Navy Carriers on line to get all the details.

  7. Tim Radmore

    The truly sad thing is we are replacing a mighty warrior and a huge symbol of American Strength with what? Supposedely the Gerald Ford is supposed to be ready by 2015 which means probably 2018 at the earliest and with looming defense cuts coming I see it going the same way as the Space Shuttle program.

  8. Don Delaney

    Kirk is not what this ceremony is about; I'm very disturbed by this.

  9. Anonymous

    During Sea and Anchor Detail only certified personnel are allowed at the helm, so I doubt that Takei was at the helm. As said before decommission a ship is a long process, even before the ship is scrapped. Certain parts of the ship will be sent to museums such as the ships bell, anchors and chain, and anything brass will be missing before the crew leaves the ship.

  10. Anonymous

    I wonder if FEMA could re-purpose a large ship like this. I was thinking when Sandy hit that having an aircraft carrier come into the harbor could provide a lot of housing, complete with infrastructure. Then again, with that nuclear plant, and other maintenance, it may be more trouble than it is worth. But, I am sure that trailers, er modular housing, are expensive to move and maintain also… and they rely on local utilities.

  11. James Shepherd

    "I know how much you miss the Enterprise ,..but I'm sure they'll be building another one soon." Chief Miles O'Brian to Commander Worf in the Deep Space Nine episode 'The Way of the Warrior pts1&2'.

  12. Jack Darden

    I just got back from Norfolk taking a tour of my old boat…very emotional trip. I'll be there Sat for the deactivation, so maybe I'll see Shatner.

  13. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    THIS IS TRUETHEY HAVE TO SCRAP HER THOUGH BEFORE THEY CAN NAME ANOTHER SHIP ENTERPRISE, ONE MUST DIE SO THST ONE MAY BE BORN.

  14. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    CAN ANY BODY TELL ME WHERE THE BIG E WILL BE DISMANTELED, I WAS A PREVIOUS CREW MEMBER DURING VEIT-NAM ERA WOULD LIKE A SCRAP AS A SOUVIENER, FROM THIS FINE AND GREAT LADY. IF YOU CAN GIVE ME ANY INFO PLEASE CONTACT ME AT geraldferguson@rocketmal. com PUT IN THE SUBJECT LINE BIG -E. THANKYOU

  15. Bob Locke

    Spent a little over six years of my life aboard her. She served this nation very, very well over her lifetime. Really wish I could be there for all the activities surrounding the decommisioning.

  16. Jason James Rubadeau

    As long as they don't name the next carrier after ANOTHER politician..

  17. Craig Robberts

    Can anyone give me a good reason why She could not be dissmanteled and scrapped right in Norfolk VA? And if she had to go to Washington state why not under her own power. They are going to tow her to her grave. Forget about the absolute waste of tax payers dollars for a minute. Its plain undignafied for such a fine Lady!

  18. Craig Robberts

    Can anyone give me a good reason why She could not be dissmanteled and scrapped right in Norfolk VA? And if she had to go to Washington state why not under her own power. They are going to tow her to her grave. Forget about the absolute waste of tax payers dollars for a minute. Its plain undignafied for such a fine Lady!

  19. Will Quinn

    The Enterprise has always been more than just another military ship. It embodied American engineering ingenuity, determination and hope for our collective future. This ship and it's crew protected freedom and liberty around the world. It embodied the best American ideals and was, is and will be a symbol not just of America's might but also it's commitment to preserving freedom. There will certainly be another Enterprise down the road which will also be protecting American ideals and that ship and its crew will certainly be first in their class.

  20. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    Bobby Mobley YES BOB THEY ARE GOING TO SCRAP HER, THERE TAKING 3 YEARS TO CLEAN OUT THE REACTORS THEN THEY ARE PUTTING MY GIRL TO THE TORCH, OH BY THE WAY I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT HER ORIGINAL DESIGNATION WAS CV(A)N-65 AND BEFORE HER ISLAND STRUCTURE WAS REFITTED IT LOOKED LIKE A BEE HIVE SEE OLD PICS FROM 60s- 70s.

  21. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    tim there has always been an enterprise in the military history there will be another 65 was my baby and i'll miss her.

  22. Anonymous

    Back in 1968 when I was a kid, my mother walked us out on the Golden Gate Bridge to watch the USS Enterprise sail under us on her return from one of her Vietnam tours. To look down on this massive ship was absolutely amazing!

  23. Anonymous

    The "Big E" was always a special ship along with the Nautilus, the first nuclear sub. Sadly the Navy will probably not have the chance to launch too many more aircraft carriers as the country continues to suffer from monetary woes. The country that once took the forefront in just about everything now only has the military to lead us in the 21st century…and that is going to be cut also…sad, sad, sad.

  24. Anthony Covas

    farewell to the Big E, we will miss u.The Navy will build another Enterprise.As for any military vet we know that tradition will on to a new ship.Carriers have a 50 year lifespan.the longest in the fleet.the next ship will be even better.with the crews that man them the ship will be the best in the fleet once again!

  25. Kirt Ekstrom

    Bobby Mobley The Big E will be scrapped after "Defueling. Due to the amount of the ship being taken apart to do so, will not allow it ti be used as a Museum Ship. Remember she has 8 reactors that need to be removed.

  26. Kirt Ekstrom

    The Enterprises' finally scrapping will take place in Washington State.

  27. Kirt Ekstrom

    The Gerald R. Ford is on Schedule at this time. With Launch and Commissioning dates to remain is place as they are.

  28. Vincent Chang

    sell it to china. they will pay more than scrap value. I saw them scrap the oriskany at the vallejo shipyard, mare sland. a long process. preserve it as a museum, or a floating nuclear power plant for emergencies.

  29. Gary Middleton

    this is what william tweeted William Shatner@WilliamShatner.

    I have disappointing news for Newport News. I will not be able to make the decommissioning on Sat. Obligations for my tour take precedence.

  30. Kirt Ekstrom

    The Enterprise will always be a part of my 29 Year Navy Career. Having flown from and landed upon her flight deck and receiving my 300th and 700th Tailhooks from. She served the USA for 50 years.

  31. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    will that be at the bremerton ship yard ??????????? and thank you CS3 G.K. FERGUSON 1971-1975.

  32. Mark Ammons

    Will There be an Excelsior Class Enterprise B Taking it's place any time in the near future or is this another Master plan by Obummer to permanently Decommission the name Enterprise which has been a symbol to all American for as long as I can remember.

  33. Gerald K Ferguson Sr

    sorry to say ernie it is the nuke she was my old lady for 4 yrs. going to miss her.

  34. Kirt Ekstrom

    Yes, I believe it will be Bremerton. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Decommissioning, One of the Former Commanding Officers put my name in. He was the one that gave me my Nomination for NAVCAD and the opportunity to Fly for the Navy.

  35. Kirt Ekstrom

    No, Just Decommissioned. The USS George Washington CVN-73 was being Built as the USS George Washinton (Submarine) was nearing the end of its service life.

  36. Tim Tio

    One country's scrap is another country's treasure for the US and China/India respectively. China, especially
    would love to buy Enterprise for billions if its for sale. Has China made the inquiry, I am sure it had. It takes
    a really military superpower to be able to do what the US is going to do with Enterprise.

  37. Jim Myer

    Did not serve on her but was on the Ticonderoga CVA-14 at the same time in "Nam. What a ship to see especially next to the Ti. Someone mentioned the Nimitz class carriers. There was also a Forrestal class carrier before the Nimitz class.

  38. Anonymous

    I think it's great Captain Kirk is going to be there.

    Where are they going put the Enterprise after she has been decommissioned that is one museum I want to visit, I also hope they name one of the next generation aircraft carriers Enterprise or even better NASA names the first new manned spacecraft Enterprise.

  39. Hans Hall

    we should honor the soldiers that served on the USS Enterprise, and those who died, and not worry about shattner.

  40. Robert Kelly

    At a time in our history we still need the ship. Russia is rebuilding again, China is on the move and N. Korea is always wanting a fight. We need the ship afloat and serving our nation. What is the Navy thinking. They have forgotten Pearl Harbor.

  41. Bobby Mobley

    The Ship I served aboard USS Spiegel Grove LSD-32 ( An Amphib) is now a Artificial Coral Reef off the Coast of Key Largo FLA in 130 ft of water. I served aboard her from 11/1977 to 6/01/1981. Doesn't seem real now, a long time ago.

  42. Stacy Howell

    As a kid, I remember seeing the "Big E" at NASNI . This would have been in the mid 70s. Sad to see her go down the way she is.