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On board the USS Enterprise

Today, I had the chance to visit the legendary nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). As if that wasn't enough, we had the luck to go to the Enterprise on board the carrier's captain boat!!!

The USS Enterprise

Needless to say, it was a blast. A once in a lifetime experience.

Catapult 3 on the flight deck of the Enterprise

Once on the flight deck, we had the freedom to go around and take pictures of anything and everything on the deck. I took plenty of pictures of my favorite aircraft, the Lokheed S-3 Viking. I also got to take plenty of pics for F/A-18 Super Hornets, the smaller F/A-18 Hornets, upgraded Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes (all of which are of the Group III/NP2000 variant, identified by its scimitar 8-blade props), the beautiful Grumman EA-6B Prowler, and the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk (the Navy version of the Blackhawk). In total, there are 66 aircrafts onboard the Enterprise (as noted by its captain and several officers onboard the ship). The entire album of the pics I took on board the USS Enterprise can be viewed at http://iraqigeek.com/images/ and click on the USS Enterprise album on the left panel.

In front of the Control Tower

UPDATE: The captain told us there were 66 aircrafts in total on board the ship. However, I was able to count 62 aircraft only. I was able to count 43 (8 in the hanger deck and 35 in the flight deck) F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets (mostly Hornets), six (6) S-3B Vikings, 4 E-2C Hawkeyes (all are Group-III upgraded planes), four (4) EA-6B Prowlers, and five (5) SH-60 Seahawks. EDIT: Due to the actions of a retarded, sick person who is so full of his own crap, I had to remove a picture of myself, my sister and Captin Lawrence Rice, the captain of the USS Enterprise. A picture I was quite proud of.

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