The USS JFK will be decommissioned on 23 March 07. She was my home from Sept '71 to Sept '73. I spent 15 of those months deployed to the Mediterranean. Our 10 month deployment from Dec '71 to Oct '72 stood as the longest cruise until the Nimitz returned from the Persian gulf in '05. We were scheduled to leave Norfolk Va. for a West Pac deployment in Apr of '73 but that was cancelled along with the Vietnam war. I still blame Nixon for canceling my round the world cruise. My enlistment ended in Sept '73 so I figured about the time the ship was getting to the shores of Vietnam I would get out.