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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
OCT 1964 Keel Date: 22 OCT 1964
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
MAY 1967 Launch Date: 27 MAY 1967
SEP 1968 Commissioned: 7 SEP 1968
APR 1969 - DEC 1969 Mediterranean
SEP 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean
NOV 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1971 - OCT 1972 Mediterranean
JAN 1973 - MAY 1975 Mediterranean
APR 1973 - DEC 1973 Mediterranean
NOV 1975 - NOV 1975 Collison with USS Belknap (CG-26)
SEP 1976 - NOV 1976 North Atlantic
SEP 1976 - NOV 1976 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JAN 1977 - NOV 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1977 - NOV 1977 Mediterranean
APR 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean
JUN 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean
SEP 1978 - AUG 1979 Mediterranean
AUG 1980 - APR 1981 Mediterranean
JAN 1982 - SEP 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - JAN 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - JUL 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 6 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1983 - APR 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1983 - JAN 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1983 - JAN 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1983 Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1983 - APR 1984 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - MAR 1987 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - FEB 1987 Crossed the line of death Lybia 1986-1987
AUG 1988 - JAN 1989 Mediterranean
JAN 1989 - JAN 1989 MIG Shoot down
MAR 1990 - MAY 1991 Desert Storm
MAY 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 14 MAY 1990 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1992 - APR 1993 Mediterranean
APR 1997 - OCT 1997 Mediterranean
SEP 1999 - MAR 2000 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2002 - AUG 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2004 - DEC 2004 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2007 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]