William Shatner will attend Saturday’s inactivation ceremony for the USS Enterprise.
According to a report in the Daily Press, Shatner’s publicist confirms he will appear at the ceremony a day after the 81-year-old actor performs at the Ferguson Center in Newport News.
Navy spokesman Mike Maus said, “We sort of think he might be coming, but not as an official part of the ceremony.”
Shatner’s representative said the actor, who also starred in the TV series “T.J. Hooker,” would give a short speech at the event.
He will not be the first starship Enterprise crew member to take a place in the history of the Navy’s first nuclear-powered carrier.
George Takei, who played Lt. Cmdr. Sulu, was aboard the Enterprise as it returned from a deployment to its then homeport of Alameda, Calif., according to the Naval History & Heritage Command.