Carrier Strike Group 12
USS Enterprise sails from Norfolk, VA, as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 12. In 2006, CSG 12 included USS Leyte Gulf CG 55, USS McFaul DDG 74, USS Nicholas FFG 47, the nuke attack sub USS Alexandria SSN 757 and combat supply ship USNS Supply T-AOE 6, along with command elements of Destroy Squadron 2. Carrier Air Wing 1 was the air component of the Strike Group. CVW 1 consisted of fighter attack squadrons VFA-86 Sidewinders, VFA-136 Knighthawks, VFA-211 Fighting Checkmates, VMFA-251 Thunderbolts, early warning squadron VAW-123 Screwtops, electronic attack squadron VAQ-137 Rooks, helicopter antisubmarine squadron HS-11 Dragonslayers, and the fleet logistic support squadron VRC-40 (Det 2) Rawhides. The six month deployment carried them around the globe, and was called the "Round the World Cruise."
July of 2007 found USS Enterprise CVN 65 again deploying from Norfolk, this time accompanied by USS Gettysburg CG 64, USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51, USS Stout DDG 55. USS James E. Williams, USS Forrest Sherman DDG 98, with command elements of Destroyer Squadron 2, the fast attack submarine USS Philadelphia SSN 690, and combat supply ship USNS Supply T AOE 6. Carrier Air Wing once again embarked in ENTERPRISE as the air component.
Each ship and squadron is represented on the drawings by its unit insignia.
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Celebrate the successful completion of these deployments of The Big E with one of these drawings for yourself, or for a loved one who has served with the group! The unframed prints are 13 " X 19" (image size is 12" X 18"). The framed prints are 18 " X 24". The prints are produced on heavyweight archival acid-free stock using inks with excellent lightfastness. Museum quality framing materials are used throughout.
USS Enterprise CVAN 65, the US Navy's first nuclear-powered carrier was ordered and built as an Attack Carrier. She was then re-designated in the post-Vietnam era as CVN-65. George captures the amazing size and stature of this famous Grey Lady, complete with aircraft on deck and the ship's patch. The image samples below show her in various time frames. Note the changes to the island and airwing over her 30+ years of service. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.
The two images on the right show the type of personalization that can be added to your drawing. Based on the years you served aboard, we will make sure she appears in the exact configuration you remember. Just fill in the "Year(s) Served Aboard" box when ordering. And be sure to select your desired print options, too!
Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel pilots his Intruder off the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on a combat mission over Vietnam. Painted by acclaimed aviation artist William Phillips.
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