USS Enterprise Arrives in Naples
Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for its final port visit following seven months at sea, Oct. 16.
The visit serves to demonstrate the Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility and to help strengthen the already positive relationship between the U.S. and Italy.
While in Italy, the Sailors and Marines of Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, the “Big E’s” embarked air wing, will experience the rich history and culture of the historic city of Naples and take advantage of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored tours to Rome, Pisa and Florence.
Crew members are also scheduled to participate in community outreach programs with a local church and orphanage.
Enterprise departed her homeport of Norfolk, Va., March 11 for a regular deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Enterprise is scheduled to inactivate in a ceremony on Dec. 1, 2012, following the completion of the ship’s current deployment, bringing to an end 51 years of distinguished service.
Naval Today Staff,October 21, 2012; Image: US Navy