I salute your efforts to put the former USS John F Kennedy back to work for America… I wish you the best of luck in your efforts to give this Cold War warrior new life and another opportunity to serve her country. ”  —(August, 2013)

George H.W. Bush 41st President of the United States

Yesterday, I had an excellent conversation with Senator Chris Ottiano (State Senate District 11/Portsmouth / Tiverton / Bristol.) He reiterated not only his personal support but also the overwhelming support for the JFKRI project in the State Senate. Thank you to Senator Ottiano for standing with and for this Noble Project. ”  —(Sept, 2013)

Geoff Wilson Portsmouth Resident / Sustaining Member

As the official tourism marketing organization for Newport and Bristol County we are very excited about the possibility of adding a significant new visitor attraction to the waters of Narragansett Bay to complement other area attractions and strengthen our overall tourism program… We would like to express our total enthusiasm for this potential project. It would be absolutely fantastic if we could welcome the USS John Kennedy here to start a new chapter in the ship’s great history.”

Evan Smith CEO & President of the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitor's Bureau

91% of survey respondents believe that an aircraft carrier museum “would be a good fit for Aquidneck Island”

Newport Daily News 2010 online poll

…Your organization can count on the support of my administration as you pursue this worthwhile endeavor.”

Lincoln Chafee Governor of Rhode Island

I have long been a supporter of bringing a retired aircraft carrier to Rhode Island, for the job creation and tourism opportunities it presents. The fact that this particular vessel is named for President Kennedy brings even greater significance to this project, considering his strong ties and great affection for our state.”

Patrick J. Kennedy Former Rhode Island Congressman