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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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Summer 2017 Update

As summer approaches, our calendar certainly fills up! We have had a great time at numerous parades and events throughout the state. Every year, we start around St. Patrick’s Day in March, culminating in a final Veteran’s Day finale! A huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who donate their weekend hours to helping bring our…

VADM McGinn Visits RIAHOF Headquarters, Presents Service Medal

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn visited our RI Aviation Hall of Fame’s USS JFK Project HQ on December 15, 2016, and spent two hours meeting with board members, volunteers and supporters. He led a wide-ranging discussion about options for preserving the aviation and naval history of Rhode Island and the region. Naval Aviator…

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Project Progress Overview: Fall 2016

We continue to make slow but steady progress on a number of fronts. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) As previously reported, NOAA plans to build a new facility at the old Derecktor Shipyard site at Naval Station Newport to berth and support its research vessels.The site is south of Pier 1 and would not…


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