Navy Airman Erik R. Lamoy, son of Leslie Valenze of Lake Placid, and Ernie Lamoy, of Lake Placid, along with 500 sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group recently arrived in Norfolk, Va, following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas.
The U.S.S. Enterprise's return to Norfolk will be the 25th and final homecoming in her 51 years of distinguished service. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to be inactivated Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
While deployed, Enterprise CSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During her 238 days away from Norfolk, "Big E," as Enterprise is affectionately known, safely steamed 80, 968 miles and Carrier Air Wing 1, flew more than 8, 000 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and exercises in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs.
The December inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for Enterprise, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100, 000 Sailors who have served aboard the ship.