Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The fate of the carrier USS John F. Kennedy - CV-67 is now the subject of discussions between the House and Senate. They are debating whether the Navy should maintain a 12 carrier fleet. Last week, the Senate voted in a war appropriations bill to include that language. Congressman Ander Crenshaw has been on the frontline keeping the JFK on the front burner. While in Saint Augustine attending a Navy and Northrop Gruman event, Crenshaw told the crowd, "It seems Navy is more important than ever before, so are aircraft carriers." Crenshaw says while Mayport Naval Station's future is with a nuclear carrier, he believes keeping the aging JFK in the fleet is important to national security. Plus, he says it helps buy time for the transition from a diesel powered carrier to nuclear.
USS John F. Kennedy CV-67