Auburn graduate's ship celebrates anniversary

The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) commanded by Anniston native and Auburn Graduate Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr., celebrates 50 years of active service Nov. 25.

Commissioned in 1961, CVN-65 is the eighth in a distinguished line of U.S. ships to bear the name Enterprise. The first, a British ship captured by Col. Benedict Arnold in 1775, began a legacy which has continued well into the 21st Century.

The predecessor to the current Enterprise, the aircraft carrier CV-6, was the most decorated ship of World War II.

Enterprise has served in every major military conflict involving the U.S. since her commissioning. From the Cuban Missile Crisis to six tours in Vietnam to the first strikes against the Taliban in October 2001, she has completed 21 combat deployments. The ship is scheduled to embark upon her final deployment this spring followed by a lengthy deactivation period and final decommissioning scheduled for 2015.

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