The USS John F. Kennedy was a World War II destroyer that served in the U.S. Navy. During this time, the ship was extensively modified and upgraded to handle the F-14 Tomcat and S-3 Viking aircraft. In addition to her role as a troop transport ship, the ship also helped in the U.S. Navy’s response to the Yom Kippur War, and received the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
The USS John F. Kennedy departed Norfolk, Va., on 4 January 1982 as the flagship of Carrier Group Four (CCG-4). During this deployment, the ship made port calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Malaga, Spain, and the Suez Canal. It also made her first port visit to Perth/Fremantle, Western Australia, and anchored off Gage Roads. The cruise was completed on 25 March 1982 with a four-day port call in Malaga, Spain.
The USS John F. Kennedy began her deployment on 4 January 1982, sailing with the Carrier Air Wing Three (AC) from Norfolk. She remained in the Mediterranean and conducted 15 major deployments until September 1999. It took part in Fleet Week 98 in New York City, and on 28 June, it returned to Mayport, Fla. She returned to its homeport on 14 July and commenced a four-day port visit to Malaga.
The USS John F. Kennedy was commissioned on 24 February 1981. Her first deployment was to the Mediterranean where she joined the 6th Fleet. On 23 February, she transited the Strait of Gibraltar, and Rear Admiral Tomaszeski became Commander TG 60.3. She paused briefly at Souda Bay, and pointed her bow toward the North Arabian Sea Operating Area.
After her return from her Tiger Cruise, the USS John F. Kennedy returned to Norfolk and prepared for her next deployment. Hurricane Gloria had struck the eastern coast of the United States on 17 August, but the storm passed quickly. The USS John F. Kennedy sailed for the Mediterranean on its next scheduled deployment on 26 June. The Mk. 65 Quickstrike mine was deployed on board the USS JFK in August.
The USS John F. Kennedy entered the Mediterranean on 4 January 1982, and began her voyage with three-day carquals off Virginia. On 15 July, she began her trip home and made port visits to the Ionian Sea, and the North Arabian Sea. The cruise ended on 13 August, with the ship reaching the island of Malta. The USS Abraham Lincoln was also named after the President of the Somali Democratic Republic. During this time, she hosted President Mohamed Siad Barre, the head of the Somali Republic.
The John F. Kennedy embarked from Toulon on 4 January 1982 for a nine-day Mediterranean cruise. After that, she sailed to the Daily Double, a major anti-surface-warfare and air-defense exercise. On 17 January, she arrived in Malaga for a four-day port visit. There was only one day of sailing during her deployment.
The John F. Kennedy departed from the Mediterranean port of Toulon on 6 January 1982. On this day, she was in the Mediterranean to take part in an air defense and anti-surface warfare exercise. On 27 June, she returned to Toulon and completed her deployment at the Mediterranean. On 14 July, she arrived at Norfolk. And from then on, she spent the remainder of the year in the Caribbean.
The John F. Kennedy returned to the Mediterranean on 21 January 1982 and transited the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 February. She continued on her deployment to the North Arabian Sea on 1 March 1992, and remained there until 6 August. On 28 November, she re-entered the Pacific and completed a cruise to the Middle East and the Caribbean. The voyage was over on 14 January, but the USSJF Kennedy stayed in the Mediterranean until the end of the year.
The USS John F. Kennedy was deployed with CVW-1 from November 1970 to July 1989. On 14 January, the ship visited the Mediterranean ports of Athens, Naples, and Malta. On 12 November, the ship participated in an exercise called the African Eagle, in which the battle group was tested in low-level flying and AAW. The voyage ended on 14 December, where the John F. Kennedy was stationed off of the French Riviera.