Â© September 18, 2012
After 51 years of service, the aircraft carrier Enterprise will inactivate on Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, which has had more than 100,000 sailors serve aboard it, a Navy news release said. Thousands of those sailors are expected to attend the event.
The Enterprise was commissioned on Nov. 25, 1961, and was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It is a veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean and Middle East.
The Enterprise has served in conflicts ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the Vietnam conflict and the Gulf wars. Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, the carrier launched the first strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the release said.
All Enterprise veterans, their families and friends, and shipyard workers can register to attend the inactivation week events and the ceremony by visiting the ship's website, www.enterprise.navy.mil. Â