USS Enterprise returns home at last

The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ended its remarkable career at sea on Sunday when it pulled into Norfolk Naval Station after 25 deployments and participating in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Sailors on board react as the USS  Enterprise returns to Norfolk Naval Station as the 51-year-old ship completes its 25th and final deployment. The Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

Sailors on board react as the USS Enterprise returns to Norfolk Naval Station as the 51-year-old ship completes its 25th and final deployment. The Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

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