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NNS020719-19 USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group Relieved of Watch, USS George Washington Takes Over

Release Date: 7/19/2002 12:03:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class Leah N. Smith, USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Public Affairs

ABOARD USS JOHN F KENNEDY, At Sea (NNS) -- After more than five months at sea, the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Battle Group units were relieved of their duties in Operation Enduring Freedom by the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Battle Group today (July 19).

"We are honored to stand the watch and carry out the Navy's mission of projecting power in support of our country," said Rear Admiral Steven Tomaszeski, Commander, Carrier Group Six. "George Washington will assume the watch today and I wish them the best of luck as they continue to make a difference in this long-term battle against terrorists. It has been a very meaningful time for all of us."

Also being relieved of the watch in the Arabian Sea are: Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW 7) from Oceana, Va.; Mayport-based USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and the Norfolk-based fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3).

The remaining ships of the Kennedy Battle Group, all Mayport-based, remain deployed overseas. They include: USS Hue City (CG 66), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Spruance (DD 963), USS Underwood (FFG 36), and USS Taylor (FFG 50).

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).

Kennedy deployed in early February and has been the only U.S. carrier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom since April.

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