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USS Enterprise completes its final voyage

BROCK VERGAKIS
Last updated 07:46 05/11/2012
The USS Enterprise crosses under the Friendship Bridge in the Suez Canal for the final time on its way home in its final deployment.
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HOMEWARD BOUND: The USS Enterprise crosses under the Friendship Bridge in the Suez Canal for the final time on its way home in its final deployment.

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The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is shutting down its reactors as its storied career comes to a close.

The USS Enterprise finished its 25th and final deployment early today (NZ time) when it returned to its home port in Norfolk, Virginia.

After more than 50 years of service that spanned the globe, the ship will never move on its own power again. The ship's fuel will be removed in Virginia, and then it will eventually be towed to Washington state to be scrapped.

The Enterprise is the US Navy's second-oldest ship, after the USS Constitution. It has participated in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis, and its airplanes targeted insurgents in Afghanistan during its last deployment.

Thousands of veterans are expected to attend its deactivation ceremony on December 1.

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