Tulsa Sailor Among Last Aboard U.S.S. Enterprise - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Tulsa Sailor Among Last Aboard U.S.S. Enterprise

Posted: Updated:
The USS Enterprise (photo courtesy U.S. Navy) The USS Enterprise (photo courtesy U.S. Navy)
Petty Officer Meghan Bennett (photo courtesy DVIDS) Petty Officer Meghan Bennett (photo courtesy DVIDS)

A sailor with ties to Tulsa is helping send a U.S. Navy ship off into history.

Petty Officer Meghan Bennett spent the last two years of her service aboard CVN 65, also known as the U.S.S. Enterprise. She spent time with several other shipmates talking about their time on board.

The 51-year-old aircraft carrier is being taken from service this week, as part of a formal inactivation ceremony in Virginia.

Bennett said she's glad both of her deployments were aboard the Enterprise.

"I think that it's impossible to not develop some sort of attachment to the place you would consider home for a period of time," Bennett said.

The U.S.S. Enterprise is being replaced by the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). It's a new class of aircraft carrier that will replace the aging Nimitz class.

The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and according to the ship's official website, it will not become a museum.

"The inactivation and de-fueling process will have major impacts on the structure of the ship. It is not cost-effective to return the ship to a condition that would support it becoming a museum. Additionally, the cost to maintain a ship as a museum is generally cost prohibitive," the Website states.

The U.S. Department of Defense contributed to this story.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police arrest suspect in death of LRSD employee

    Police arrest suspect in death of LRSD employee

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:37:54 GMT
    Little Rock (KATV) - Little Rock police have arrested the man they believe killed a Little Rock School District Employee. 40-year-old Joe Wicker was arrested Friday. Police say he is responsible forMore >>
    Little Rock (KATV) - Little Rock police have arrested the man they believe killed a Little Rock School District Employee. 40-year-old Joe Wicker was arrested Friday. Police say he is responsible forMore >>
  • Student claims LRSD teacher hits him with her high heel shoe

    Student claims LRSD teacher hits him with her high heel shoe

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:15:01 GMT
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Disappointed with the Little Rock School District is how one mother feels tonight. This after she says her son's biology teacher hit him with her high heel shoe on Monday. SantriseMore >>
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Disappointed with the Little Rock School District is how one mother feels tonight. This after she says her son's biology teacher hit him with her high heel shoe on Monday.More >>
  • Teen Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Pine Bluff

    Teen Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Pine Bluff

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:37:37 GMT
    PINE BLUFF, AR --At approximately10:00 P.M. Friday night, a fatality pedestrian collision occurred at U.S.79 and Union Street in Pine Bluff. 14-year-old Charles E. Jones died in the collision. Witnesses report thatthe suspect vehicle struck Joneswhile traveling south on U.S. 79 as he and another group of children were trying to cross U.S. 79 at Union Street. The Driver then fled the scene.A witness at the collision gave a description of the vehicle and driver. Pine Bluff Police units located ...More >>
    PINE BLUFF, AR --At approximately10:00 P.M. Friday night, a fatality pedestrian collision occurred at U.S.79 and Union Street in Pine Bluff. 14-year-old Charles E. Jones died in the collision. Witnesses report thatthe suspect vehicle struck Joneswhile traveling south on U.S. 79 as he and another group of children were trying to cross U.S. 79 at Union Street. The Driver then fled the scene.A witness at the collision gave a description of the vehicle and driver. Pine Bluff Police units located ...More >>