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The first nuclear-powered flattop is scheduled for an inactivation ceremony Dec. 1, the first step in the years-long process to decommission the Enterprise after 51 years of fleet service.
Ship leaders have estimated roughly a quarter-million sailors have served as crew members in that half-century. Their service ranges from the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts over the past decade. As the eighth ship to bear the name "Enterprise" heads into retirement, Navy Times would like to hear sea stories from "Big E" crew members, past and present.
For those who served onboard, please send a brief story about your time on Enterprise to staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com?subject=Question from NavyTimes.com reader">Tony Lombardo. Include your rank or rating, the years you served aboard the ship, your current duty station or hometown, and whether you are active-duty, reserve or retired.
Please be specific and brief, and please use the email link above instead of our comments section. Your story may be used in an upcoming article.