Portland rejects plan to host aircraft carrier

Posted Jan. 20, 2011, at 11:13 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The retired aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy will not spend its retirement in the Portland, Maine, harbor.

The City Council voted 9-0 Wednesday against a proposal to moor the ship in the harbor where it would become a floating museum.

The executive director of the USS John F. Kennedy Museum, Steve Woods, conceded defeat.

There is also an effort in Newport, R.I., to host the Kennedy.

The Navy could decide to scrap the 42-year-old Kennedy, the Navy’s last non-nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

The Portland Press Herald said several councilors felt the organization trying to bring the ship to Maine didn’t provide detailed plans, including where the money would come from for the project.

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