John F. Kennedy Strike Group MED 97 Deployment
CV 67 John F. Kennedy
Kennedy departed Mayport April 1997 for its 15th deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. The USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group returned home 28 October 1997 after six months of operating in the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea in Support of Operation Deliberate Guard and the Arabian Gulf Supporting Operation Southern Watch. The John F. Kennedy Battle Group included USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Hue City (CG 66), USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), USS Spruance (DD 963), USS John Hancock (DD 981), USS Taylor (FFG 50), USS Arctic (AOE 8), USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) and USS Albany (SSN 753). Squadrons embarked on board Kennedy include Fighter Squadrons 14 and 41; Strike Fighter Squadrons 15 and 87, Helicopter Airborne Early Warning Squadron 3, Sea Control Squadron 2, Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 141 and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 6 Detachment A.
As the sole conventionally powered aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Fleet, John F. Kennedy deployed with the most advanced Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Systems (C4I) in the Navy. John F. Kennedy and Carrier Air Wing 8 participated in numerous U.S., bilateral and multi-national exercises. The carrier's first major exercise was the French-led Iles D'or during May in the western Mediterranean to train the forces of 10 nations, including two smaller aircraft carriers from Italy and Spain.
In July, the battle group participated in the 6th Fleet exercise Invitex involving 12 nations. During Invitex, allied forces, including 13,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines, were challenged to effectively manage the way they communicate and act upon operational information as it is processed and distributed to allied decision-makers. NATO'S Exercise Dynamic Mix, Sept. 23 - Oct. 7, placed John F. Kennedy Battle Group units on opposing sides. It was designed to increase task force and unit readiness as forces implemented NATO strategy and doctrine. While deployed, John F. Kennedy Sailors and Marines enjoyed 10 port visits to six countries -- France, Spain, Israel, Greece, Bahrain, and was the first American aircraft carrier to visit the Republic of Slovenia.
28 Oct 1997 - ended 6-month deployment
April 1997 - Deployed
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