WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution Thursday commemorating the deactivation of USS Enterprise after 51 years of service and honoring the more than 100,000 current and former sailors and Marines who served aboard the aircraft carrier.

Senator Jim Webb, a former Secretary of the Navy, said he was proud to salute the crew of the USS Enterprise.

'As a result of their dedication and sacrifice during peace and war, the Big-E answered all bells and sustained the rich legacy forged since the Revolutionary War by the seven namesake ships that preceded her. Bravo Zulu,' said Webb.

Senator Mark Warner said the ship would be sorely missed. 'Enterprise provided our military with unmatched combat capability during conflicts from the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.'

The Enterprise, which was home ported in Norfolk, was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

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