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The JFK set to sail once more

The new USS John F. Kennedy at dry dock in Virginia


By Irish Echo Staff

Dubliners well remember the visit to their bay of the USS John F. Kennedy in the summer of 1996.

The aircraft carrier named after the 35th president was just about the biggest vessel ever to drop anchor off the Irish capital.

It was retired from service in 2007.

That scene in Dublin Bay might be repeated at some point in the future with the arrival of the new USS John F. Kennedy which will be named at its dock in Newport News, Virginia tomorrow, the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, by Caroline Kennedy.

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The Kennedy (CVN-79) is the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier being built for the United States Navy. It will be fully commissioned next year.

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 resulted in the future president serving in the navy in the Pacific.