The Return of USS Theodore Roosevelt to San Diego
After 18 months of maintenance in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State, the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will finally return to San Diego this week.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is one of ten Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the United States Navy. It was named by none other than President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt began her maiden deployment in 1988 with the Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), which lasted through the following year in June 1989. Since then, it has served the United States Navy in a number of operations. It has been used in several notable deployments, including Operation Desert Shield (1990), Operation Deliberate Force (1995), Operation Enduring Freedom (2000), and many more.
Throughout the years, Theodore Roosevelt has maintained her homeport in San Diego, CA. However, for the past year and a half, she has been in Bremerton, Washington, accommodating the F-35 multirole combat aircraft and receiving much-needed care, restoration, and upgrade.
In a statement to the Kitsap Sun, Capt. Brian Schrum states, “There’s been an incredible amount of work that has been put into this ship over the last 18 months. . . Together, we had a common goal: to make this ship more combat-capable and operationally ready than it’s ever been. I can proudly say that goal has not just been reached but surpassed.”
With its new lease on life, Theodore Roosevelt is set to continue providing excellent service to the United State Navy, and we can’t wait to see what it can do.
On her return, Theodore Roosevelt carries with her over 2,500 sailors. During its voyage back to San Diego, Theodore Roosevelt will conduct “at-sea certifications of upgraded and replaced systems.”
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