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USS Hornet Museum to Host Living Ship Day This Saturday

The USS Hornet Museum hosts living ship day, this Saturday, August 15th. (Google Street View)

The USS Hornet Museum hosts living ship day, this Saturday, August 15th. (Google Street View)

Naval historian Dr. Dave McKay will share the history of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was once homeported in Alameda, on board the USS Hornet Museum this Saturday, during Living Ship Day.

According to a U.S. Navy historical documents, the “Big E” as the Enterprise was known, was commissioned in November, 1961, and was home ported, as part of the Seventh Fleet, at Naval Air Station Alameda beginning in 1966.

Eight nuclear reactors, two per propeller shaft, powered the ship, which saw combat in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan; the boat’s first deployment, shortly after shakedown, as the Caribbean, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Enterprise’s home port was changed to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, in 1989.

McKay will discuss the stories of the Enterprise and the sailors who served onboard, drawn from his research for his book, USS Enterprise CVN-65: The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier.

He will also be available to sign copies of the book.

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