Ray Godfrey is part-time curator for the Naval Historical Foundation, a position he has held since 2002. Of late, he has been hard at work de-accessioning many of the artifacts that the Foundation has acquired over the years, finding new homes for them in museums and archival collections. This past weekend, Ray had the chance to see off an old friend. Ray is a plankowner of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and served in her from 1961-66. The ship, commissioned in 1961, was the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, but this weekend she departed Naval Station Norfolk on her final deployment. After more than 50 years in service, Enterprise is scheduled for decommissioning upon completion of this deployment.
Below are a few images taken by Ray over the weekend. To read more (and watch an interview with Ray) please check out this story from the Newport Daily Press. Many thanks to him for sharing these great photos with us!