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The final voyage of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) comes to a close this Sunday.

F/A-18 Super Hornets sit on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on October 30, 2012. Scott Pittman/U.S. Navy NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The USS Enterprise begins the final leg home from it's final deployment after 51 years of service. Neither Don Thiry nor Joe Owens will be in Florida on Friday morning to see the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise begin the final leg of a journey that has lasted 51 years. But their hearts won't be far away. Both men are emblematic of how the nation's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has reached across the years to touch people from different backgrounds. Thiry, who lives in Michigan, served on the ship in the late 1960s. Owens, a longtime employee at Newport News Shipbuilding, helped construct Enterprise in the early 1960s. Both will be thinking of Big E as it leaves Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, a departure schedul...

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