House Committee Leaders Visit USS Enterprise
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristin L. Grover
Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS ENTERPRISE AT SEA, Feb. 5, 2012 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California, Vice Chairman Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry of Texas and Navy Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of naval nuclear propulsion, arrived aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise today as the ship was underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
The visitors witnessed carrier operations at sea and met with members of the ship’s crew.
During their time aboard the more than 50-year-old ship, the visitors toured the navigation bridge, engineering and medical spaces, weapons assembly area and the hangar bay.
The guests also took part in a brief lunch with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group leaders and observed aircraft launch and recovery operations on the flight deck before departing the ship on a carrier onboard delivery aircraft.
Enterprise is underway to participate in exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years.
Bold Alligator began Jan 30 and takes place afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. The exercise concludes Feb. 12.