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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

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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