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Old 09-08-2018, 03:32 PM   #64
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USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) is the only ship of her class and the last conventionally powered carrier built for the United States Navy..The ship is named after the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and is nicknamed Big John..Contracted as Ship Characteristic Board SCB-127C, the ship's keel was laid on 22 October 1964 by Newport News Shipbuilding..More than 52,000 tons of structural steel went into her construction–along with more than two million tons of weld metal..

President GHW Bush's live address..

John F. Kennedy is a modified version of the earlier Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carriers..The ship was officially christened 27 May 1967 by Jacqueline Kennedy and her 9-year-old daughter, Caroline, two days short of what would have been President Kennedy's 50th berthday..The ship entered service 7 September 1968..At 1,052 feet in length USS JFK would reach to the 84th floor of the Empire State Building..The ship carried two 30-ton anchors..There are 684 links of anchor chain, and each link weighs more than 350 pounds - Angela (26 August 1944 – 6 February 2002) was a New Zealand TV news anchor and actress..

Broadcast 9 August NZ..

Gulf War (006 of 374) - Desert Shield, 1990..

Kennedy's maiden voyage, and several of her subsequent voyages, were on deployments to the Mediterranean during much of the 1970s to help deal with the steadily deteriorating situation in the Middle East..It was during the 70s that Kennedy was upgraded to handle the F-14 Tomcat and the S-3 Viking..On 4 January 1982, JFK, with Carrier Air Wing Three (AC), sailed as the flagship for Carrier Group Four (CCG-4) from Norfolk, Va. on her ninth deployment, and her first visit to the Indian Ocean after port visits to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Malaga, Spain, and transiting the Suez Canal..In October 1983 John F. Kennedy was diverted to Beirut, Lebanon..In 1984 the ship was drydocked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a one-and-a-half year complex overhaul and upgrades..In August 1988 Kennedy departed on her twelfth overseas deployment..During this deployment, a pair of MiG-23 Flogger fighter aircraft from Libya approached the carrier task force..During the course of the intercept, the MiGs were determined to be hostile and both of the Libyan aircraft were shot down..Kennedy returned to the U.S. in time to participate in Fleet Week in New York and Independence Day celebrations in Boston, Massachusetts before receiving an "All-hands" recall on 10 August 1990, for Operation Desert Shield.. She departed on 15 August 1990, and became the flagship for the commander of the Red Sea Battle Force..At midnight on 17 January 1991 Kennedy's Carrier Air Wing 3 commenced the very first strike operations against Iraqi forces as part of Operation Desert Storm..During her visit to Ireland, high winds in Dublin Bay caused the boarding pontoon to tear a large hole in JFK's hull... British will fight, to the last drop of French blood..Well, there are more ways than one of getting close to your ancestors..Follow the old road, and as you walk, think of them and of the old England...

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