The USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, turns 50 this month. She's also the oldest active-duty ship in the U.S. Navy, with a record of service that stretches from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 to the present-day Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and operations against Somali pirates. Here we see the Enterprise, aka, "The Big E," in the Red Sea in June 2011.
November 25, 2011 11:45 AM PST
Photo by: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr