NORFOLK, Va., — Navy Seaman Alex J. Miele, a 2010 graduate of Dirigo High School, Dixfield, Maine, and Navy Lt. j. g. Rachel R. Hudson, a 2004 graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School, Auburn, Maine, along with 5,500 sailors and marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, recently arrived in Norfolk following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas.
USS Enterprise's return to Norfolk was the 25th and final homecoming in her 51 years of distinguished service. The aircraft carrier was scheduled to be inactivated Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
While deployed, Enterprise CSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During her 238 days away from Norfolk, "Big E," as Enterprise is affectionately known, safely steamed 80,968 miles and Carrier Air Wing 1 flew more than 8,000 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and exercises in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs.
Enterprise CSG is comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), CVW 1, Destroyer Squadron 2, guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).
The squadrons of CVW 1 embarked aboard Enterprise are Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 "Red Rippers," VFA-136 "Knighthawks," VFA-211 "Fighting Checkmates," Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 "Thunderbolts," Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 "Screwtops," Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 137 "Rooks," Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 "Rawhides" and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11 "Dragonslayers."
Miele joined the Navy in December 2010 and Hudson joined the Navy in June 2008.