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USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – For over 200 years, the United States Navy has stood the watch as the shield of the republic. It has protected the country and its interests around the world. Traditions have been passed from generation to generation, from standing watch to the sounding of taps, signaling the end of the day.


  • cake. The Chiefs Mess also participated by helping serve the cake. On the 237th birthday of our Navy, we have the honor to serve in the greatest maritime force ever seen, said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Leteaisha A. Carter, EJSO president. So with humility, we continue trying to live up to the example of those who have come before us. The cake-cutting ceremony began with opening remarks delivered by Carter and Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr., commanding officer of Enterprise. The cutting of the cake has been a long standing tradition in which the oldest and youngest Sailor at a command cut the first piece. Enterprise took part in this tradition for the last time as the legendary carrier begins to wrap up its 25th and final deployment. Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Airman Joseph R. Burris, of Air departments V-3 division, and Capt. Stephen Paullete, the oral-maxillofacial surgeon aboard Enterprise, were selected to cut the cake along with Boatswains Mate 1st Class Timothy Lumpkin, leading petty officer of Deck departments 2nd division, who rang the eight bells

    signaling the beginning of the next year for the Navy. Enterprise celebrated its last Navy birthday with pride. Sailors from every corner of the ship turned out for the evening celebration. Without a shadow of a doubt, this birthday celebration was truly one to remember.

    October 14, 2012 IssueWe are LegendNewsletter Edition

    USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

    The Shuttle Big E Celebrates Navy BirthdayStory by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Heath Zeigler

    USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea For over 200 years, the United States Navy has stood the watch as the shield of the republic. It has protected the country and its interests around the world. Traditions have been passed from generation to generation, from standing watch to the sounding of taps, signaling the end of the day. Oct. 13, 1775 marked the birth of the U.S. Navy, and it has persevered throughout history, always one of the first into battle and the nations global force for good. Aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), those traditions continue. The bells ring signaling different times in the day and announcements are made to let Sailors know whats going on around the ship. Enterprise did its part in celebrating the Navys 237th birthday with its own unique flare. Amelia Chappell, the fitness boss aboard Big E, coordinated with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to put together a fun exercise event for the crew. The event took place in the hangar bay both in the morning and at night, to give everyone a chance to participate. Each Sailor taking part in the event was asked to do 237 pushups and 237 curlups to honor the Navys birthday. The Enlisted Junior Sailor Organization (EJSO) hosted the traditional cutting of the Navys birthday

    Boatswains Mate 1st Class Timothy Lumpkin rings the ships bell in honoring the Navys 237th birthday during a celebration on the mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

    Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Theresa Somers and Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Cheri Snaza cut a cake commemorating the Navys 237th birthday during a celebration on the mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012Page 2 The Shuttle

    The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and bi-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 MC1 (SW) Steve Smith at smithsw@cvn65.navy.mil.

    Public Affairs OfficerLt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler

    Executive OfficerCapt. G. C. Huffman

    Commanding OfficerCapt. William C. Hamilton, Jr.

    EditorMC3 Brian G. Reynolds

    The Shuttle

    USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

    Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Dwayne E. Huff

    Big E Happenings

    Lt. Aaron Law assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 shows off his squadrons aircraft to Marcie Ries, U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, and military officials from Bulgaria during a distinguished visitor tour. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)

    Marcie Ries, U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, and Bulgarian military officials observe flight operations during a distinguished visitor tour. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Chris Marble and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Stephanie Usher, both assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, wipe down the canopy of an F/A-18F Super Hornet. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 1st Class Walter Smith, from Jacksonville, Fla., assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, and Logistics Specialist Seaman Deontay Wilson, from Lakeland, Fla., scrub liquid foreign object debris. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

    Capt. Stephen Paulette and Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Airman Joseph R. Burris cut a birthday cake during a Navy birthday celebration on the aft mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 Page 3The Shuttle

    Navy Birthday

    I personally look to our history as a roadmap and a guide to help us stay the course and aid us in navigating through the challenges we face today. It is these challenges that create the opportunities that allow us to grow as Sailors, citizens and leaders. The Navys birthday gives us a chance to think about the things that we are doing today and how we are creating history from which future generations can draw courage. In everything that we do, we need to provide future generations something to be proud of and celebrate. This is our time and we are part of a new history. We must seize the day, because if we dont, who will? To all of our Sailors and Navy families, I would like to wish you a very happy birthday as we celebrate 237 years of excellence and service to our great Navy.

    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens sends his 237th Navy Birthday Message to the fleet: Shipmates and Navy families, As we honor the 237th birthday of the United States Navy, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all Sailors, civilians and family members for your service and dedication to our great Navy. One of the primary reasons I believe our Navy is so great is because of the way we treat each other with decency and respect and how we conduct ourselves professionally. This is something that we should all actively strive to do every day. It adds value, influences those around us in a positive way, and is truly important to our primary mission of warfighting.

    MCPON Sends 237th Navy Birthday MessageBy MCPON Mike D. Stevens

    or asymmetrical threats, or provide humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters. We have remained a nation committed to the seas and to a strong Navy. While we have innovated and built the worlds greatest fleet through the years, what makes our Navy part of the best expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known is our Sailors. You are standing the watch and sustaining peace in the global commons. The new defense strategy announced by the President in January is a maritime-centric strategy, so America needs your continued best. This is a time and a future when so much depends on our naval services and we will continue to take care of our Sailors and their families to make sure they have all they need to take care of our nation. You are part of a Navy warfighting team that is reliable, flexible and ready to respond worldwide - on, above and below the sea. I look forward to all we will accomplish in the years ahead.

    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This years celebration of our 237th birthday is highlighted by anniversaries that have defined us as the greatest maritime warfighting force in history. Across the country, cities held Navy Week celebrations for the bicentennial of the War of 1812 which guaranteed our independence and ensured our future. These events have shown the contrasts of our modest beginnings with the original six frigates at the start of the 19th century to todays 21st century modern fleet. This year is the 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal which was one of our Navys most important World War II victories in the Pacific. 2012 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis that allowed President Kennedy to stand firm during the Cold War confrontation with the might of 140 ships of the fleet in the Caribbean. Since then, the Navy has continued to provide the flexibility our Commander in Chief needs to meet high-end conventional

    SecNav Highlights Heritage and Warfighting in Birthday Message to the FleetBy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

    to answer our Nations call as a global force for good, safeguarding vast oceans, bringing justice to terrorists around the world, and providing assistance during times of humanitarian crisis. At sea, on land, and in the air, our brave men and women of the United States Navy, like all who wear the uniform of our country, represent what is best about America. We are forever indebted to these selfless heroes. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as Commander in Chief, and on behalf of a grateful Nation, I salute the United States Navy for 237 years of service. May God bless and protect you and your families, and may God bless the United States of America.

    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- I send greetings to all those celebrating the 237th birthday of the United States Navy. Americas growth from a string of 13 colonies to a beacon of freedom and democracy would not have been possible without the generations of patriots who stepped forward to defend our Nation and the princi


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