Carrier John F. Kennedy Stops In Norfolk For Last Time




 
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February 24th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Carrier John F. Kennedy Stops In Norfolk For Last Time


Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
February 23, 2007
By Jack Dorsey, The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy is visiting Norfolk this week before heading to Boston for its final port.
Christened by 9-year-old Caroline Kennedy in 1967, the ship that spent its first 28 years here rekindles decades of memories. The carrier was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier built by the Navy.
It kept Norfolk as its home until 1995, when it was moved to Mayport, Fla.
On Thursday, the Kennedy pulled into the Norfolk Naval Station, where it is to receive two F/A-18 Hornets aboard.
However, the carrier is no longer certified for aircraft operations; the jets are just window dressing for its visit to Boston on March 1. It will be formally decommissioned in September.
The Kennedy was once the darling of the fleet and known for having the only wood-treated captainís stateroom in the Navy.
A special act of Congress was needed to allow such construction, which featured an overhead fire sprinkler system, according to Eddy Harmon of Norfolk, a marine interior designer who worked on the ship.
February 24th, 2007  
phoenix80
 
 
ohhhhhhhhhh.... very sad
February 24th, 2007  
tomtom22
 
 
We will miss the JFK.
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