Army & Navy - The Navy's Old Lady

No. 1 U.S. ship of the war is a slugging, hardbitten, 20,000-ton aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Navy men call her "The Old Lady," although her age in service is barely five years. She has fought more major engagements, done more damage and raised more general hell than any other ship in the Pacific. Precisely because she has been so deadly successful, her country knows almost nothing about her. Less fortunate ships struck their blows gallantly, paid with their lives and eventually had their hour of fame when their stories were told.


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