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John F. Kennedy Strike Group MED 99 Deployment
CV 67 John F. Kennedy
"Big John"

During 1999, continuing at-sea periods prepared Kennedy for its 16th deployment to the Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf. The Kennedy Battle group had been scheduled to begin their six-month routine deployment on 17 September 1999, but Hurricane Floyd's track up the East Coast of the U.S. forced the sortie of all Mayport and Norfolk ships. This delayed the battle group's final deployment preparations, most notably the onload of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) One aboard Kennedy. The USS Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), also scheduled to deploy, did not return to Norfolk after evading Hurricane Floyd. Instead, USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), USS Shreveport (LPD 12), and Amphibious Squadron Six headed south to Moorehead City, N.C. to onload the 22nd Expeditionary Unit prior to departing for the Mediterranean.

The John F. Kennedy Battle Group and Carrier Air Wing ONE engaged in Operation Bright Star after leaving Malta. Bright Star was a multi-national event featuring both air and surface combatants. The ship made the first carrier port call to Jordan, and hosted the King of Jordan, allowing him to experience life at sea. The USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group relieved the USS Constellation Battle Group of duties in the Arabian Gulf after 72 days of operating in the region. JFK participated in Operation Southern Watch, flying combat missions while enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq. Kennedy spent most of the millennium deployment in the Arabian Gulf conducting flight operations in support of Operation Southern Watch and conducting Marine Intervention Operations. While in the Gulf, Kennedy visited the island nation of Bahrain, and pulled in to port at Dubai/Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates. The JFK/CVW-1 team set new records in bombing accuracy while employing the most lethal combination of precision weaponry ever put to sea, amassing 10,302 arrested landings along the way. On Jan. 1st, JFK became the "Carrier of the New Millennium" by being the only carrier underway as the year 2000 arrived. Kennedy completed Deployment 99-3 to the Arabian Gulf and Meditteranean sea 19 March 2000. Her return to Mayport on March 19, 2000, marked the completion of yet another successful forward deployment that ran from September 1999 through March 2000.


    30 Sep 1999 - 6 Month Deployment

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