USS John F. Kennedy (CV67)

Speed: 30 knots (34.5 MPH)
Horsepower: 280,000 HP
Length: 1,052 feet (315.6 meters)
Width of the flight deck: 252 feet (76.8 meters)
Displacement: 82,000 tons (83,515.95 metric tons) fully loaded
Area of flight deck: 4.65 Acres
Number of crew members: 3,117 people in the ship's company, and 2,480 for the air wing
Aircraft: Approximately 85
Power plant: Eight boilers, four shafts. Unlike bigger aircraft carriers, this ship uses fuel and boilers to generate power.
Date and place of construction: October 22, 1964 in Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Date deployed: September 7, 1968.

On Jan. 1st, JFK became the “Carrier of the New Millennium” by being the only carrier underway as the year 2000 arrived. Her triumphant return to Mayport, Florida on March 19, 2000, marked the completion of yet another successful forward deployment as one of our nation’s most visible guarantors of support for our allies and freedom of the seas. -- from the carrier's command history in

This week, in Military Salute Week the President of the United States and people all over the world visited the ships of OpSail 2000 and the International Naval Review. One ships I wanted to visit is the USS John F. Kennedy, named after the original Big John. This ship has been deployed often in the Mediterranean Sea since its deployment, and receives the gratitude again in the year 2000 by civilians like myself for watching over the Middle East.

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