UPDATE: Regrettably, Shatner will not be attending as, according to his Twitter feed, ” a scheduling conflict happened.”
William Shatner will be present at the inactivation ceremony for the USS Enterprise this weekend.
On Saturday, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) will be inactivated after being in service for over fifty years.
Launched on September 24 1960, the USS Enterprise was officially commissioned on November 25, 1961. In 1983, George Takei was on board for Enterprise’s return to Alameda, California, which was the Enterprise’s former home port.
According to Shatner’s representative, the actor “would give a short speech at the event,” which takes place Saturday at 1 PM at the Naval Station Norfolk.
For fans sad to see the end of the USS Enterprise, take heart. There is an online petition to name the next US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN-80) the USS Enterprise.