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SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - Groundhog Day Special Edition

Club MED Enterprise, Leyte Gulf exit Atlantic, enter Mediterranean through Strait of Gibraltar

Pictured: The Rock of Gibraltar, as seen from the signal bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex R. Forster

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Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King

Hull Technician 3rd Class Erik Hockman uses a Gas Tungsten Arc Welder to repair a previous weld and build a support column for the jack staff for the fantail Monday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).


Big ‘E’History

t the time of its original construction, Enterprise had more than 25,000 lighting fixtures installed, in addition to thousands of indicator and dial lights. The hundreds of motors that operate Enterprise’s air-conditioning fans, pumps, capstans, windlasses, catapult systems, elevators and shop equipment, when added to the power generated by its nuclear plant, had a total rated horsepower of nearly 30,000, enough to operate 240,000 conventional home vacuum cleaners. Get into ‘ship shape’ with the Big ‘E’ Fitness Team!





Spin/Cycle 1300-1400 (Max = 7) IT1 Sherry

BiggEst Loser Team Workout Cardio Kickboxing 0500-0600 IC1 Douglas

Beginner Spin/Cycle 1600-1630 1645-1715 (Max = 7) AZC Kittrell

Intermediate Spin/Cycle 0500-0545 (Max = 7) ITCS Henderson


Chuck Norris Power Hour Cardio Kickboxing 1600-1700 AOC Wong



BiggEst Loser Team Workout 0830-0930 Fit Boss EOD/Diver PT 1600-1700 LT. Dennison



BiggEst Loser EOD/Diver PT Team Workout 1600-1700 1600-1700 LT. Dennison Fit Boss BiggEst Loser Team Workout 2000-2100 Fit Boss


Big ‘E’


Create the Big ‘E’ 50th Birthday logo! Calling all Artists! Media is searching for the most inventive logo design to highlight the 50 YOUR years of Enterprise. Submissions can be hand drawn or digital. DESIGN Submit logos to whitesm@ HERE! or drop off in SITE TV, attn: MCC White. Along with the graphic, include a description of each aspect of the design and what it represents. Each part of the design should tie into the overall theme of the logo. Deadline for submissions is 15 February, 2011. Once collected, the crew will get a chance to vote for their favorite designs. The Commanding Officer will pick the winner from the top five most popular logos submitted.

Enterprise chorus members selected

Congratulations to the 45 service members who passed the audition for the inaugural Enterprise chorus! It is a great example of the consistent voluntary service provided by our Sailors aboard Big ‘E’! The following crew members will comprise the Enterprise chorus: ABFAN Cabrera, Luis D. OS3 Robinson, Danielle L. IT2 Doan, Jennifer L. ET2 Powell, Krista M. MASN Smith, Leslie N. LT Kelmis, Vanessa M. MA2 Mack, Sharona D. CS3 Bell, Shemiquea S. LNC May,Veda ABH3 Weddel, Jenna E. IC3 Smith, Mercedes S. AZC Kittrell, Courtney A. AO1 Miller, Theresa Y. LSSR Garcia, Helena MM3 Gibbsjudd, Jatika C. HM3 Milfort, Shennirrie S. LCDR Santana, Sondra M. OSC Allison, Tina HM3 Porter, Tamara M. CTTC Romero, Joseph C. OSC Wemmerus, Brian C. IT3 Beverage, Brian S. LCDR Holcombe, Henry F.

ET2 Williams, Douglas J. AN Tool, Nicholas J. AE2 Lane, Thurgood V. MM3 Clifford, Daniel J. ACAA Little, Tyrell D. LS1 Tima, Vernett HM2 Dalton, Benjamin O. AR Wagoner, George G. AO1 Swaringer, Dennis L. AOAA Spence, Eugene L. EM1 Leake, Terrance S. ET3 Veach, James R. FCC Edwards, Norman CSSN Siebert, William M. SN Moore, Alvin CS3 Leal, Chanc S. MM2 Stiles, Timothy S. AT1 Walrath, David G. MM2 Genoud, JeanPierre SKSN Roszina, Nicholas MM3 Hansen, Daniel C. ABEAN Franklin, Andrew B.


SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

ESWS QUESTION OF THE DAY Q: What fluid is carried by a piping system with handwheels colored light blue and red? A: AFFF concentrate

Masked maintenance

The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and weekly 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 Peter Melkus at Commanding Officer Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne

Executive Officer Capt. Ryan Scholl

Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Keith G. Oxley

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

Editor MC3 Peter D. Melkus

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Enterprise News

Big ‘E’, Leyte Gulf successfully transit Strait of Gibraltar By MC3 Austin Rooney

USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At sea The deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) successfully passed through the Strait of Gibraltar Jan. 31, bringing the ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea as they continue to operate in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. With the ships’ homeport in Norfolk, Va. now far behind, Sailors are busy conducting flight operations and cooperative missions with allies in the region in support of Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts. The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait which separates Europe and Africa by only seven miles at its closest point and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Its depth ranges from 980 to 3,000 feet, which makes it difficult to navigate a 90,000-ton warship. Quartermaster 3rd Class Tom Sanborn, a quartermaster of the watch aboard Enterprise, said to successfully complete a transit through the strait, skill, planning and concentration are required by all hands. “There’s a lot of shallow water, and in some areas the

land is less than five nautical miles from the ships on either side,” said Sanborn. “There is no room for error.” The process of transiting the strait requires the quartermasters on a ship’s bridge to take constant measurements of the ship’s position, both electronically and manually by taking bearings and visually watching the distance from the land. “The entire process usually takes several hours,” said Sanborn. “We take bearings and make sure we’re in deep enough water every two minutes, and we cross reference the data with what we see on our screens electronically.” The strait is dangerous to transit for other reasons including traffic from other ships. Sanborn said that quartermasters spend hours to prepare to make sure the charts are accurate and the equipment works to ensure a safe transit. “We call sea and anchor detail before going through the strait, so our Deck department is standing by, ready to drop the anchor in case of an emergency,” said Sanborn. “We only let our master helmsmen drive the ship during the transit.” Transiting important chokepoints takes the skill of multiple departments aboard


The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait which separates Europe and Africa by only seven miles at its closest point and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Its depth ranges from 980 to 3,000 feet. the ships. The Engineering departments must ensure all propulsion capabilities are operating perfectly in addition to many other duties. The ships’ Security divisions and helicopter squadron provides physical security to the ships, and the ships’ Safety departments ensure everyone mitigates risks. It’s an all-ship effort for both. The transit is important as a strategic statement as well, said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. “Entering the Mediterranean in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar is always symbolic to me,” said Kraft. “It sends a strong signal that the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group has arrived to operate and integrate

with our partners in the region.” Chief Quartermaster (SW/ AW) Jacob Lozano, Enterprise Navigation department’s leading chief petty officer, said the process of leaving the Atlantic Ocean and entering the Mediterranean Sea went smoothly because of the entire ship’s hard work and professionalism. “We have a lot of really welltrained Sailors on this ship,” said Lozano. “But we only put our best people on watch for the transit.” Ensuring the freedom of navigation through vital sea lanes is a core responsibility of the Navy and has ensured that the 90% of goods that travel by sea are free to do so.


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Enterprise Sailor victorious at All-Navy Box-Off

By USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At sea – A Sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) triumphed at the All-Navy BoxOff at the Warfield gym, Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif. Jan. 29. Big ‘E’s Culinary Specialist Seaman Julio A. Lopez defeated Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jessie Valdez of Fleet Readiness Center, Mid-Atlantic Site, Oceana in a bout that could earn him a spot on the Navy boxing team. The 145-pound competitor won one of sixteen bouts on the card that featured 32 competitors from across the country. The event determines which of the 14 Sailors eligible for the Navy team will go on

to compete against Army, Air Force and Marine boxers in the Armed Forces Boxing Championships, scheduled for Feb. 14-19 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The final Navy team is expected to be announced in the next few days. Lopez, a Dallas native, attended the Boxing Training Camp (BTC) at Port Hueneme late last year and is relatively new to the sport, having only been boxing for the past five years. . “I think his victory adds to the prestige of this great warship,” said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Michael J. Sims, the wardroom leading chief petty officer. “His win is a win for the entire Enterprise team.”


Lopez, a middleweight, has had some pretty tough competition in the past. “At times I felt outclassed by the other boxers,” said Lopez. “The other competitors had more experience than me and when we’re training aboard the ship, it’s as a team. But, when you’re in the ring, you have to do it all by yourself.” Although he has now gotten a taste of success, Lopez still continues to work toward new goals and wants to box in the Olympics. He says he has a relatively straightforward approach to the concept of boxing. “I don’t dislike my opponents, but when it comes to the fight it’s either them or me,” said Lopez. “I choose me.” However, Lopez isn’t always so singular in his vision. “I have brought back contracts for Navy sports in case other culinary specialists aboard the ship want to get involved,” said Lopez. “It’s a way to inspire

people to stay fit and better themselves, not just in the Navy but in their lives as a whole.” Lopez realizes that he doesn’t have to wait to make the Olympic team before he starts to represent that which he comes from. “I am trying to show the rest of the guys that they can do a lot and we’re capable of anything,” said Lopez. “If I can better my fellow Culinary Specialists by setting the example of ‘doing it big,’ then it’s worth it.” Military boxing has a long tradition and is an official sport of the Department of Defense (DoD) Armed Forces Sports Program along with many others including basketball, golf, wrestling, soccer, swimming, track and field, cycling and others. Today, both men and women participate in the sport, and many ships and bases regularly hold competitions to promote athleticism, competition, morale and esprit de corps.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Julio A. Lopez


Enterprise, Leyte Gulf exit Atlantic, enter Mediterranean through Strait of Gibraltar