USS Kennedy battle group returns home

Sunday, August 18, 2002

The USS John F. Kennedy returned home Saturday to thousands of joyous family members welcoming home sailors who spent six months fighting the war on terrorism.

More than 7,000 sailors on the carrier and other ships in its battle group returned to bases near Jacksonville and in Norfolk, Va. this week. The Kennedy left Feb. 7 and began air missions over Afghanistan on March 11.

The crowd chanted "Jack is back" and cheered as the USS Kennedy pulled in with sailors in their dress whites waving along the edge of the ship. A large American flag flew on the ship, which also was decorated with red, white and blue cloth.

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