Carrier JFK makes final call at port

From Times Wire Reports

The carrier John F. Kennedy returned to the 35th president’s home state for the last time before it goes out of service later this month.

“Big John,” as the aircraft carrier is called, will stay in Boston for five days before heading to Mayport, Fla., for decommissioning. It will be maintained on inactive status in Philadelphia.

About 500 people braved a chill to watch the Kennedy cruise into Boston Harbor with sailors lining its deck.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) planned to go aboard the ship named for his brother today to swear in 300 U.S. citizens, including several crew members. The vessel will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday.