Thursday's intriguing people
Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne is taking over command of the USS Enterprise.
January 13th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne

Mewbourne commands the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as it leaves Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, on Thursday on a deployment to the Arabian Sea.

Mewbourne took command of the carrier earlier this month after raunchy videos made under the watch of Capt. Owen Honors’ were made public.

The Enterprise is the third carrier Mewbourne has commanded, following the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Abraham Lincoln. Before taking command of the Enterprise, Mewbourne was chief of staff of Navy Cyber Forces. He is a native of Ormond Beach, Florida, a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a naval aviator.

Mewbourne commanded the Eisenhower during two combat tours and said the Enterprise was prepared for its newest mission.

"It is clear Team Enterprise is trained and ready to accomplish the missions that lay ahead. I am honored to be joining such a professional crew and to be a part of the legacy and heritage of Enterprise," Mewbourne said in a Navy release before the deployment.

The Enterprise is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the Navy’s second-oldest active ship. More than 5,000 sailors and air crew serve aboard the ship.