San Diego welcomes
USS Theodore Roosevelt to new homeport
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Noe Mendoza, from Harlingen, Texas, raises the American flag aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt arrived at its new homeport of San Diego after completing an eight-month around-the-world deployment. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Anthony N. Hilkowski.
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrives in new homport of San Diego
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has arrived in her new homeport of San Diego after a nine-month deployment.
During this deployment air squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard the Roosevelt flew over 1,800 combat sorties against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt will be stationed in San Diego as part of a three-carrier swap, replacing the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which left for Japan after 11 years here in San Diego.
The Reagan will be replacing the USS George Washington. The USS George Washington, formerly based in Japan, was sent to Virginia to have its nuclear power plant refueled.
The Roosevelt was previously stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, before leaving on deployment last March. Nearly two-thirds of the 3,000+ Roosevelt crew will fly from San Diego back to Virginia to take over the George Washington, and a similar number of the Reagan crew who took the GW to Virgina will return to San Diego.
The three carrier swap will save the Navy an estimated $41 million in personnel transfer costs.
Now in San Diego, Roosevelt will undergo six months of maintenance before training again for deployment.
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PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 17, 2015) – Sailors, Marines and Tigers gather on the flight deck as the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Tiger Cruises allow crewmembers to bring family and friends aboard to experience shipboard life. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Kris R. Lindstrom