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USS John F. Kennedy

Location: Northern Arabian Sea Deployment: Sent to the Arabian Sea on February 16, 2002.
Type of vessel: Multi-purpose, multi-mission aircraft carrier
Home port: Mayport, Florida
Total personnel 5,000, including carrier air wing
Aircraft: 85 approximately
Maximum speed: 30-plus knots
Power plant: Eight boilers
Flight deck: 4.65 acres
Mission: Relieves the USS Theodore Roosevelt
Artillery: Sea Sparrow air-to-air missiles and three 20-millimeter Phalanx gun systems
Commissioned: September 7, 1968
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CARRIER AIRWING SEVEN
VF-11 Red Rippers (F-14B Tomcats)
VF-143 Pukin Dogs ((F-14B Tomcats))
VFA-131 Wildcats (FA-18 Hornets)
VFA-136 Knighthawks (FA-18 Hornets)
VAW-121 Bluetails (E-2 Hawkeyes)
VAQ-140 Patriots (EA-6 Prowlers)
VS-31 Topcats (S-3 Vikings)
HS-5Nightdipper (4 SH-60F Seahawk and 2 HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters)
BATTLE GROUP
Two Los Angeles class attack submarines
- USS Toledo
- USS Boise
Two cruisers
- USS Vicksburg
- USS Hue City
Four destroyers
- USS The Sullivans
- USS Roosevelt
- USS Carney
- USS Spruance
Two guided missile frigates
- USS Underwood
- USS Taylor
Three amphibious assault ships
- USS Trenton
- USS Wasp
- USS Oak Hill
One combat support ship
- USS Seattle


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