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The Shuttle USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

Newsletter Edition

December 6, 2011 Issue

“We are Legend”

Enterprise gets underway after maintenance availability By MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez USS Enterprise Public Affairs Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 5 for the first phase of preparations for the ship’s 22nd and final deployment. During the underway, Enterprise will be conducting flight deck certification, a requirement every aircraft carrier must achieve prior to deploying with fixed-wing aircraft. The certification proves that the crew of the ship is capable of safely launching and recovering aircraft and is prepared to prevent or combat flight deck mishaps. “The crew is eager to get back into the fight,” said Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr., commanding

officer of Enterprise. While the air department is primarily responsible for the operations of the flight deck, safely launching and recovering aircraft is an all-hands effort. Every Sailor from the engine rooms to combat to the galleys to the bridge play an important role in successful flight operations. “Every part of flight deck operations requires members of the crew and the air wing to be successful,” said Hamilton. The flight deck is one of the most dangerous places in the world to work, said Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Eric J. Young. “So many things can go wrong on

Photo by MCSN Eric S. Brann

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Andrew Kastle of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) heaves in line before getting underway. the flight deck and one misstep can bring catastrophic results,” said Young. “That is why we train and conduct qualifications to ensure that we are successful and nobody gets hurt when conducting combat operations.”

Big E successfully completes fast cruise By MC3 Peter D. Melkus USS Enterprise Public Affairs The crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully completed a fast cruise Dec. 2. A “fast cruise” is a training exercise during which the ship simulates an out-to-sea environment while remaining tied to the pier. The brow and all shore services are secured and the ship is typically dependent on internal systems only. Throughout the two-day drill, Enterprise leadership reviewed personnel assignments and Big ‘E’s mission readiness through a series of underway watch team rotations, general quarters, man overboard, flight deck and engineering drills. “The drills we’ve conducted over the past 48 hours are crucial to ensure our crew members are prepared to respond to any casualty we could encounter at sea,” said Enterprise Command Master Chief Eric J. Young. “We’ve also been testing out machinery to make sure it’s good and operating the way it should be.” The main mission of the fast cruise is to ensure

Photo by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) fight a simulated class bravo fire on the flight deck during a general quarters drill during the ship’s fast cruise.

the 50-year-old aircraft carrier and its crew are fully operational and prepared for the ship’s upcoming sea trials. “Overall, I feel we did well,” said Young. “As we went through the fast cruise evolution, we got the kinks ironed out. We found out where we had the hiccups, and corrected them so we’ll be ready for sea trials.” Enterprise’s next underway is scheduled to be conducted away from Naval Station Norfolk’s Pier 12, and will include intense at-sea maneuvering and pilot qualifications to ensure mission capability. With the completion of fast cruise, Big ‘E’ crew members are looking ahead to sea trials as they continue to prepare Enterprise for its 22nd and final scheduled deployment in 2012.

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The Shuttle

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Big E Happenings Upcoming MWR Events:

ESWS Question of the Day Q: What is the meaning of the “Oscar” flag?

A:Man Overboard

Uniform Question of the Day Q: With what uniforms is the foul weather jacket authorized?

A:Coveralls and flight deck uniform

Photo by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez

An SH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

• Tues., 6 Dec. at 2000 Texas Holdem’ Tournament • Thurs., 8 Dec. at 2000Spades Tournament • Fri., 9 Dec. at 2000 Movie Night, Movie TBD • Sat., 10 Dec. at 2000 Open Play Games • Tues., 13 Dec. at 2000-2300- Modern Warfare Tournament • Wed., 15 Dec. at 2000 Karaoke Night • All events held on the Aft Mess Decks

USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

The Shuttle The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and biweekly in port by the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Media Department, FPO AE 09543-2810. This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Please direct all story ideas, questions and comments to MC3 (SW) Jeffry Willadsen at Commanding Officer Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr.

Executive Officer Capt. Gregory C. Huffman

Command Master Chief ABCM (AW/SW) Eric M. Young

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler

Editors MC3(SW) Jeffry A. Willadsen MCSN Eric S. Brann MCSN Harry Gordon

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

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Around the World Unclear whether Iran shot down drone, a US official says By the CNN wire staff

Iran’s military on Sunday claimed it shot down a U.S. drone into eastern Iran. State media cited a military o ff i c i a l w h o i d e n t i f i e d t h e aircraft as an RQ-170 Sentinel. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft was flying a mission over western Afghanistan -- which borders Iran -last week when operators lost control. A U.S. official with knowledge of the incident said the crew operating the unmanned drone reported a loss of flight control just before the drone went down. U.S. officials believe the drone Iran

is referring to may be the same one, but the U.S. government has not confirmed that it was shot down, the source said. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a stealth drone developed for the Air Force to help provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Although the Sentinel was developed for the Air Force, the U.S. official did not say whether it was the U.S. military or the U.S. intelligence community operating the drone at the time of the incident. The official said the drone’s mission was to fly over Afghanistan. American officials over the years have been adamant that U.S. assets do not fly over Iranian air space. Iranian media reported that the RQ-170 was slightly damaged

and in the hands of Iranian forces. “Armed forces with a dominant control over the country’s borders managed to identify and down the invading plane,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The unnamed Iranian military official called it a “clear example of aggression” and added that Iran is “fully ready to counter any aggression,” the report said. In July, Iran’s military made a similar claim, saying it downed a U.S. “spy drone” flying near its Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province. But Iran backtracked on the statement a few days later, saying the incident was actually part of a training exercise.

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New uniform regulations

By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced expanded occasion for wear and updated policies for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II and III in NAVADMIN 366/11, released Dec. 2. There has been a lot of interest throughout the fleet regarding expanding the locations that Sailors can wear the Navy’s working uniform. Several weeks ago the CNO asked Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West to take a look at the Navy Working Uniform policy. “Following their review, I am proud to report that we are extending the wear policy of the working uniform to improve the practicality while ensuring professionalism and maintaining its value,” said Greenert. “I want my shipmates to look sharp, be uniform and have the quality they deserve.” The NAVADMIN expands the authorized stops for which NWUs may be worn when commuting to and from home and work, and to allow wear of the NWU during selected events when authorized by regional commanders or commanding officers. These policies will take effect Jan. 1 for all continental United States, Hawaii and Guam commands. NWU wear is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks, such as stops at child care centers, gas

stations, off-base shopping, banking, at the DMV, and dining before, during and after the workday. Since NWUs are not a liberty uniform, consumption of alcohol while off-base in the NWUs is not permitted. Area or regional commanders may further restrict this policy within their geographic limits. Additionally, the NWU Type I is authorized for wear by all Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) recruiters in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam. NWUs are not authorized for wear on commercial travel such as airlines, railways, or buses in the continental United States. However, they may be worn on military and government-contracted flights between military airfield installations, as well as commuter transportation such as city and commuter buses, subways and ferries. The uniforms may also be worn at the Pentagon Metro and Pentagon commuter slug lines. The NAVADMIN also outlines the manner of wear for the NWU off base. The shirt/blouse is required to be worn at all times. Commanders also must ensure grooming standards are enforced. Trousers must be bloused and the only head gear authorized is the eight point cover and the parka hood must be stowed unless being used. The fleece with chest rank tab is also authorized as a stand-alone outer garment.

Regional commanders will stipulate the wear of the NWU for official ceremonies and functions, such as Fleet Week, celebrations and parades, and sporting events with media interest. NAVADMIN 259/11 wear rules for these uniforms outside of the continual United States remain in effect. Go to to read the complete wear rules in NAVADMIN 366/11.

Photo by MC3 Peter Merrill

Big E Game Room


1 “Star Wars” creator 6 Fermented honey drink 10 Strikebreaker 14 Pass legislation 15 Church recess 16 Jason’s ship 17 Parish donation 18 Authentic 19 Dotted line instruction 20 Mark 21 Disown 23 Singer Helen

25 Considered 26 Ostentatious and vulgar 28 Kind of shooting 30 Oblong 32 Sharp tug 36 Colony member 37 Clement 40 Female rabbit 41 Former Communist state 43 Capital 45 Accumulate 48 Mariners 49 Worth a look

52 Attempts 53 Garrulous 56 “The Lion King” hero 59 Tear apart 60 Algerian port 61 Workers’ group 62 Little bills 63 Currency, in Capetown 64 Fashionably nostalgic 65 Nuisance 66 Witnesses 67 “__ Frome” (Edith Wharton novel)

Down 1 Rents 2 Military group 3 Cascades 4 Sorest 5 Author of “Le Rouge et le Noir” 6 Get hitched 7 Fencing sword 8 Memo directive 9 Deceive 10 Surfeit 11 Best 12 Playing marble 13 Made holes 22 Scottish river 24 Force unit 26 German wife 27 Camera part 28 Errors 29 Retain 31 African plains grazers 33 “The Wealth of Nations” author 34 Narrow victory margin 35 Eager 38 Fledgling’s place 39 Cherish 42 Most foul 44 Closet 46 “Mamma __!” 47 Players 49 Barbershop accessory 50 “The __ Mutiny” 51 Santa helpers 52 Dispatches 54 Dies __ 55 Wind instrument? 57 Cold wind along the Adriatic Sea 58 Quotation notation

Enterprise gets underway after maintenance availability  

Big E successfully completes fast cruise

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