WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In a Federal Register notice published on Nov. 23, 2009, the Department of the Navy advertised the availability of ex-John F. Kennedy (CV 67), located at the Navy's Inactive Ships Maintenance Office, Philadelphia, Pa. for donation as a museum/memorial under the authority of Title 10 U.S.C. Section § 7306.
Eligible recipients may include any State, Commonwealth, or possession of the United States or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof; the District of Columbia; or any organization incorporated as a nonprofit entity (under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code).
According to the Federal Register notice, the deadline for submission of Phase I documentation, a Letter of Intent and an Executive Summary, is Jan. 22, 2010.
For organizations meeting the minimum requirements of Phase I, a letter will be sent notifying each organization to proceed to Phase II of the application process. Responses to Phase II of the process will be due one year from the date of the notification letter to proceed to Phase II. Should Navy receive no interest within two years for donation of the ship, the Navy may remove the vessel from donation consideration and proceed with disposal.
Ex-John F. Kennedy was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier built by the Navy. Originally scheduled to become the fourth Kitty Hawk-class carrier, Kennedy received so many modifications during construction that she formed her own class.
In late 2006, the decision was made to retire Kennedy and she made her final voyage up the East Coast for a final port visit to Boston, Mass. in early March 2007. Kennedy was removed from service on August 1, 2007, after almost 40 years of service, and is currently located in Philadelphia, Pa.
The warship, namesake of the 35th president of the United States, saw 18 deployments and 30 commanding officers in its 38 years of service.
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