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WHY SAVE 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, but was unfortunately removed from donation status in 2017.

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THE NEW FOCUS

The USS JFK Project was spearheaded by the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, Inc., (RIAHOF), which was formed in 2003 to honor and acknowledge RI’s rich aviation history. Now that Big John is no longer being offered by the Navy, we are redoubling our efforts to develop a land-based facility at the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station, which would incorporate museums and memorials for the USS John F Kennedy and USS Saratoga.

What now?

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

2018 End-of-Year Update: Land-based Facility

In August we reported that we were redoubling our efforts to develop a land-based facility at the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station, which would incorporate museums and memorials for the USS John F Kennedy and USS Saratoga, as well as a permanent home for the RI Aviation Hall of Fame. We also promised to keep…

August 2018 Project Update – Sad News…

I am posting sad news. Based on information we received in the past few days, we are suspending our full-time efforts in pursuit of the donation of the USS John F Kennedy. (See details below). Instead, we will redouble our efforts to develop a land-based facility at the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station, which…

USS JFK Sunset to Norfolk

March 2018 JFK Project Update

As we have posted on our Facebook page and our website, we are working behind the scenes to develop an alternative berthing location and plan that is solid enough to return CV-67 to donation status. Once that plan is developed we will have a specific proposal to promote, and that’s when we hope to coordinate…

JFK Videographer Zwemke Presents CV-67 Model to Admiral Tuttle

On December 27, 2017, USS JFK Project videographer Tom Zwemke presented ADM Tuttle with a 1/350 scale museum-quality model of CV-67 at the Tuttle home in McLean, Virginia. Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III supported the presentation via video.


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