JFK’s fate still in play
While the new Ford-class supercarrier PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has passed 50 percent structural completion earlier this year, her predecessor, the conventionally-powered USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) has been laid up since 2007 and is currently berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance facility in Philadelphia on
possible museum hold.
The subject of a potential maritime museum in Rhode Island, JFK’s status on the NVR was changed from “hold” to “disposition pending” on 12 December 2016 which likely means the scrappers and dismantlement.
But some behind the decade-long move to have the last conventional aircraft carrier on the Navy’s ledger not already moving towards razor blades preserved isn’t rolling over just yet.
“It’s not unusual for ships to move in and out of donation status as long as there is a viable option in place,” said Frank Lennon, president of the USS John F. Kennedy Project in Rhode Island. “Dismantling and scrapping a ship is a very involved process.”
He said usually when one door closes, another opens. But because the Kennedy is the last conventionally-powered aircraft carrier available, there won’t be any further opportunities for a carrier museum if the Navy decides to go through with dismantlement.