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WHY THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY?

The USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) is the only ship of her class, a subclass of the Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, 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.” After nearly 40 years of service, Kennedy was officially decommissioned in 2007. As the last retired U.S. Aircraft Carrier that is non-nuclear, she’ll likely be the last carrier offered for public use.


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THE VISION

The USS JFK Project is being spearheaded by the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, Inc., (RIAHOF), who has complete plans to develop a world-class, financially self-sufficient family attraction, education and job training center, museum and memorial on the Newport side of Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay, featuring the retired aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CV/A-67) as the centerpiece.


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THE KENNEDY-RHODE ISLAND CONNECTION

The name “John F. Kennedy” is magic in the northeast, and especially so in southern New England. Locating the USS John F. Kennedy, JFK’s namesake legacy, in Rhode Island would be most appropriate given President Kennedy’s close association with this State, including his wartime training at Melville, his marriage in Newport and the Summer White House years at Hammersmith Farm.


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Latest News

An aerial view of the proposed site placement of the USS John F. Kennedy in Coddington Cove.

New Project Renderings Show USS JFK’s Future

We asked Tangram 3DS, an internationally recognized 3D computer graphics and animation company, to produce realistic renderings to convey the excitement and majesty of what the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy would look like in Coddington Cove.

Positive Meetings with NAVSTA Newport Engineers, Town of Middletown Officials

Our environmental engineers (Laura Landry and Bob Hoffman) and our marine engineer (Greg Roebuck) joined project leadership in a conference call with CDR Bill Butler, NAVSTA Newport Public Works Officer, and 3 members of his environmental engineering team (Newport and Norfolk).  It was a positive and productive meeting. The call’s atmosphere was very much one…

2015 Year-End Project Update & Appeal

In October we were excited to share with you the Letter of Intent we received from the Navy, committing to work with us to achieve our goal of bringing ex-USS John F Kennedy to Narragansett Bay. In that update we cautioned that we still have a number of obstacles to overcome, especially environmental issues related…


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