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NNS020307-04. USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group Assumes the Watch; Relieves USS Theodore Roosevelt

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / 5th Fleet Public Affairs

ABOARD USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, At Sea (NNS) -- Ships and squadrons of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Battle Group relieved their counterparts in the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Battle Group today.

Rear Adm. Steven Tomaszeski, Kennedy's battle group commander, said, "It's particularly satisfying for us to report on station and assume the watch. I know the men and women of the 'TR' battle group are anxious to sail home to their loved ones. They've performed admirably in combat and we're proud to take their place in Operation Enduring Freedom."

In company with the Mayport, Fla.-based Kennedy are: Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 from Oceana, Va.; Mayport-based ships USS Hue City (CG 66), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68); and the Norfolk, Va.-based fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3).

Two attack submarines are also members of the Kennedy battle group: USS Toledo (SSN 769), home-ported in Groton, Conn., and the Norfolk-based USS Boise (SSN 764).

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