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USS John F. Kennedy's Phila. Arrival Delayed


Photo Boston Harbor 2005

MAYPORT, Fla. (AP) - July 24, 2007 – reports the final departure of the decommissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy from Florida is being delayed. But the Navy and a congressman are offering different reasons why.  

Jacksonville Republican Ander Crenshaw says the departure of the Kennedy to the mothball fleet in Philadelphia is being delayed because the Delaware River doesn't appear to be deep enough to handle the ship.  

The Navy says the delay is due to an electrical malfunction in the equipment used to tow the carrier. It expects the problem to be fixed by Friday.  

The Navy will maintain the Kennedy so that it could be reactivated in a national emergency. Crews have been working for four months to ready the carrier for the trip to Philadelphia. 

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