A Stellar Saturday.

As you may or may not be aware, the Navy is decommissioning the USS Enterprise, CVN-65. This would mean there would be no USS Enterprise in the US Navy, something that hasn’t happened for many decades, and a sore point for us die-hard Trekkies.

Good news! The Navy has announced that the 3rd ship in the new Gerald R Ford-class of aircraft carriers, bearing pennant number 80, will be the USS Enterprise! Here is the story from MSNBC.MSN.com: “Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Saturday via video message at the USS Enterprise inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise.”

As that old saying goes, “There will always be an Enterprise“. May she and her future crews truly Live Long and Prosper!

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24 Responses to A Stellar Saturday.

  1. Apparently the Department of the Navy employs some Trekkies, too! Good news!

  2. Sound the alarm…nerd alert! πŸ™‚

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    Dork…

  4. whiteladyinthehood says:

    I’m happy that you’re happy! I’m not a trekkie, but have always been a ‘fan’ of the old Star Trek series and I own most of the Star Trek movies. Anything named USS Enterprise has got to be stellar!

    • Thanks! I’m old-school Trek – wasn’t quite old enough to catch it on original run, but got hooked in the early 70s, between the original series and the animated run. It just wouldn’t be right NOT to have an “Enterprise” around, for the proud history of the Navy AND for us Trek geeks! πŸ˜€

  5. tom says:

    Just call her Junior or is the III

    • For aircraft carriers, she’ll be 3rd – CV-6 (if I recall correctly) that served through WW2, and the famous CVN-65, she of the “birth of the nuclear Navy” fame. Overall, I’d have to check. And the Royal Navy has had a number of them, too – somewhere between like 14 and 18, the most recent being a WW2 cruiser. (There might be newer “auxiliary” ships named “HMS Enterprise”, but the cruiser was the last warship.)
      And of course, not counting the starships – up through M, if memory serves. πŸ˜€

  6. fasab says:

    Now all we need to do is find a Captain called Kirk.

    • I’ll see if I can get a list of current Annapolis members. Who knows, there might just be a Kirk – or Pike, don’t forget! πŸ˜‰ – somewhere in the ranks. (Maybe even an April, for you Animated Series fans! πŸ˜€ )

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    Great find because I didn’t see this news! Of course I know it would get past you!

    So what is the difference between a nerd and a dork?

    • Well, I can’t take ALL the credit – I had some divine assistance from the Padre!
      In my humble experiences, nerds were the Braniacs – they knew EVERYTHING. Geeks were the techies, building PCs out of their parents telephones and transistor radios. Dorks were usually just the really weird kids. You know, the kind that had no friends, so they hung around with goats and ended up running sci-fi conventions…..

  8. Binky says:

    So when was the first Enterprise? Was the Star Trek one named after a Navy ship? Roddenberry was a navy man, wasn’t he?

    • I’ll handle this one in reverse order. Gene was actually Air Force, or to be absolutely proper, he joined the United States Army Air Corps. As to which is which, I forget the origin story of the name, but the carrier Enterprise (CNV-65) came first, back in the early 60s, so the starship would’ve been named after the US carrier – if that was the inspiration. (I’ve heard stories that Gene named the ship Enterprise after the WW2 carrier, the nuke carrier, and “just the famous name”.) I’m assuming by first Enterprise, you mean first US naval vessel. The first Navy Enterprise fought in the Barbary Coast campaign – the one of “shores of Tripoli” of Marine Corps fame. There were a couple of boats with the Continental Navy, and I think the Brits had a couple that predated ours. The first “modern” Enterprise, a carrier, was CV-6 that fought in World War 2. The first starship Enterprise – in so-called canon – was the NX-01 from the series starring Scott Bakula, though there was obviously the shuttle (named after the series, and christened by a number of the original series cast and Gene) and Virgin Galactic has reserved the name Enterprise for their first commercial passenger space plane, based on the system they’ve already tested at least one.
      So – are you still awake out there? πŸ˜‰

      • I just checked my books, and found that Gene was shot down in the area of the Pacific where Enterprise (CV-6) was operating, and some of the ship’s aircraft helped find him. So the Constitution class starship Enterprise, NCC-1701, was named after the USS Enterprise, CV-6.

      • Binky says:

        That was sort of what I had thought or heard before, that it was named after the WWII Enterprise. I had a model of an aircraft carrier and I think it was that ship.

      • It’s easy to tell. If your model had a long, rectangular deck, it was CV-6. If it had the deck with the smaller deck sticking out the port (left) side, and especially if it had perfectly square, flat panels on the side of the superstructure, that was CVN-65. (I assume you know what the Starship Enterprise looks like, or this whole POST is pointless! πŸ˜€ )

  9. Archon's Den says:

    You’re even worse than I am about this sort of sh…..stuff. We know more about less….or is it less about more. I just found out last night that Landreau of The Archons, which we Canadians would pronounce Land Row(your boat), wasn’t spelled Landrew, or L’Andrew.

    • Hey, any idiot can be a fan of Star Wars and such. Ya gotta have the “right stuff” to be a Trekkie! (Although, much like the Amish, there are many levels of Trekkie. Me? I’m livin’ with battery-powered lights and indoor plumbing. I know folk who would be oil lamps and water wheels. I once met a person, who was trying to recruit me into their club, who stated she needed to quit her job because it cut into her fannish activities too much! 😯 )

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