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U.S.S. JOHN F. KENNEDY

(CV-67)

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USS John F. Kennedy is named after the assassinated 35th President of the United States. The ship was built in Newport News, Virginia and commissioned on Sept. 7, 1968. Carrying the nickname, “Big John”, the ship underwent initial trial runs along the eastern seaboard. Her maiden voyage was to the Mediterranean.

Over the next few years, the ship would return to the Mediterranean many times. She also participated in exercises with NATO forces at different times in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. In the first half of 1974, the ship underwent its first major renovation to upgrade its combat abilities. For the rest of the 1970’s and into the 1980’s, she continued visiting the Mediterranean along with other Atlantic operations.

In 1983, John F. Kennedy was sent off the coast of Lebanon after the Beirut troop barracks were attacked. In 1984, she underwent another renovation. Returning in 1986, the ship was deployed to the Mediterranean again to patrol against Libya. In 1990, the ship was sent to the Persian Gulf to support the first Iraq war. After the cessation of hostilities, she was again sent to the Mediterranean many times.

At the beginning of the millennium, “Big John” was sent again to the Persian Gulf to send sorties against Afghan targets. In 2005, the decision was made to decommission the ship due to upkeep costs. On March 23, 2007, the ship was formally decommissioned.

CV-67 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1964-Keel Date: 22 OCT 1964
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
MAY1967-Launch Date: 27 MAY 1967
SEP1968-Commissioned: 7 SEP 1968
APR1969-DEC1969Mediterranean
JAN1970-JAN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
SEP1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
NOV1970-Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1971-OCT1972Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1971-OCT1972Mediterranean
JAN1973-MAY1975Mediterranean
APR1973-MAY1973Indo china
APR1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
MAY1973-DEC1973Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1974-APR1974Caribbean
AUG1975-SEP1976NOV 1975 - NOV 1975 Collison with USS Belknap (CG-26)
AUG1975-JAN1976Mediterranean
NOV1975-NOV1975Collison with USS Belknap (CG-26)
SEP1976-NOV1976Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1976-SEP1976collision with USS Borderlon-9-16-76
SEP1976-NOV1976North Atlantic
JAN1977-NOV1977Mediterranean
APR1978-FEB1979Mediterranean
JUN1978-FEB1979Mediterranean
AUG1978-SEP1978Mediterranean
SEP1978-AUG1979Mediterranean
AUG1980-APR1981Mediterranean
JAN1982-JUL1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1982- Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 6 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 12 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
SEP1983-APR1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP1983-MAY1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1983-Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1983-APR1984Mediterranean
OCT1983-JAN1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1983- Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1983-MAY1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY1985-JUN1985Caribbean
JAN1986-JAN1987Mediterranean
AUG1986-MAR1987Mediterranean
AUG1986-FEB1987Crossed the line of death Lybia 1986-1987
AUG1988-JAN1989Mediterranean
DEC1988-JAN1989Mediterranean
JAN1989-JAN1989MIG Shoot down
MAR1990-MAY1991Desert Storm
MAY1990-Shellback Initiation - 14 MAY 1990 - Indian Ocean
OCT1992-MAR1993Mediterranean
OCT1992-MAR1993Mediterranean
OCT1992-APR1993Mediterranean
OCT1992-MAR1993Mediterranean
JAN1993-OCT1993Cv 67
APR1997-OCT1997Mediterranean
SEP1999-MAR2000Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2002-AUG2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN2004-DEC2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2007-Decommissioned: 1 AUG 2007

CV-67 General Specifications

Class: John F. Kennedy-class

Named for: John F. Kennedy

Displacement: 60728 tons

Length: 1 052 feet

Beam: 252 feet

Draft: 36feet



USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)



John. F. Kennedy (CVA-67) was laid down 22 October 1964 by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News Va.; launched 27 May 1967; and sponsored by Miss Caroline Kennedy daughter of the late president. Commissioning of the carrier is scheduled for the fall of 1968.

[Note: The above USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]