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Wanted: A new home for a piece of surplus government property. But you'd better have a lot of space and a lot of resources if you want this behemoth.
The Navy says it's offering the former USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, which is 1,052 feet long and weighs in at 82,000 tons, for free to any state, municipality, or non-profit that wants to use it as a museum or memorial.
The organizations must submit an application by Jan. 22 and must prove they are able to take care of the carrier, said Lieutenant Lara Bollinger, a Navy spokeswoman.
The John F. Kennedy, with 38 years of service, was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier built by the Navy, the Navy said.
After the decision in 2006 to retire the ship, it made a final voyage up the East Coast for a visit to Boston in March 2007.
More than 40,000 visitors flocked to see the ship and a city councilor suggested that it could be docked in Boston and used as a museum and tourist attraction.
The ship, which saw 18 deployments and had 30 commanding officers over its history, was removed from service that August. It is currently located in Philadelphia.
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