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Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Middle East on Monday in First NIFC-CA Deployment

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) participates in a strait transit exercise on Jan. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) participates in a strait transit exercise on Jan. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s most technologically capable carrier, cruiser and destroyer are shipping out for a Middle East deployment on Monday, according to a release from Fleet Forces Command.

The departure of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. will mark the first deployment of a Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air—or NIFC-CA (pronounced: nif-kah) capable CSG.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) and a squadron of Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye maritime surveillance aircraft form the backbone of the capability that creates a network of sensors and shooters the service promises to greatly extend the lethal range of the CSG.

The Navy declared an initial operational capability (IOC) for the E-2s late last year.

In addition to Normandy — the CSG also includes the Norfolk-based guided missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) and Mayport destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99).

Roosevelt completed a $2.6 billion refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) last year and its crew and the sailors of the CSG have been conducting preparatory exercises since the start of this year.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS McFaul (DDG-74), right, USS Laboon (DDG-58), left and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) conduct a simulated strait transit exercise on Jan. 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS McFaul (DDG-74), right, USS Laboon (DDG-58), left and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) conduct a simulated strait transit exercise on Jan. 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

The following is the March 5, 2015 release from U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – More than 6,000 Sailors serving aboard the five ships of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group are scheduled to depart their homeports of Norfolk, Virginia and Mayport, Florida Monday.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), commanded by Capt. Daniel Grieco, will depart Naval Station Norfolk along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), while the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) will depart Naval Station Mayport.

Commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, Carrier Strike Group 12 also includes Destroyer Squadron 2 and nine embarked aircraft squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 1: strike fighter squadrons VFA-11 “Red Rippers,” VMFA-251 “Thunderbolts,” VFA-136 “Knighthawks,” and VFA-211 “Checkmates;” electronic attack squadron VAQ-137 “Rooks;” carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-125 “Tigertails;” fleet logistics support squadron VRC-40 “Rawhides;” helicopter maritime strike squadron HSM-46 “Grandmasters;” and helicopter sea combat squadron HS-11 “Dragonslayers.”

Theodore Roosevelt is departing from Norfolk to conduct a world deployment and return to her new homeport in San Diego. The aircraft carrier’s change in homeport is part of a three-carrier shift involving USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).

While deployed, the strike group will serve in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more information, visit: www.navy.mil

  • publius_maximus_III

    Woa, baby. That battleship grey armada will be an impressive sight to see. Sort of a Dirty Harry “Make my day” message for ISIS and Iran.

    • Jon Helpingstine

      Yeah, if they don’t get “sunk” first by a single French submarine! Funny how this website has nothing to say about that.

      • publius_maximus_III

        jhelping
        .
        Had not heard about it until you brought it up. So I did a search using the following string in my browser…
        —————————————————————————
        US supercarrier ‘sunk’ by French submarine in wargames
        —————————————————————————
        …and an Australian news article popped up. I can see what you mean. The French nuclear attack sub “Saphir” was able to penetrate the screening ships (and sub) surrounding the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during recent war games off the coast of Florida.
        .
        Hopefully ISIS hasn’t acquired any nuclear attack submarines yet.

        • old guy

          A couple of interesting facts.
          1. Wargames before WW2 had run every scenario that actually occurred except Kamikaze.
          2. In an open game in 1990, at Newport. “Blue” was defeated, in the Persian Gulf by “Orange” taking Djibouti and bottling up part of the fleet in the Red Sea, “Swarm” attacks on the rest of the fleet and destruction of the air bases in Saudi Arabia by surprise use of armed hovercraft (Pomorniks)

          • publius_maximus_III

            A couple of incredulus rebuttals:
            1. Good grief, you mean to say those pre-WW-II Wargames included a segment on: (a) The sneak attack of Pearl Harbor? (b) Billy Mitchell’s 30 seconds over Tokyo? (c) The U.S. decoding encrypted Japanese messages? (d) The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
            2. Do we actually keep any Navy assets stationed within the Red Sea, or is it just a passage to get to other more strategic places?

          • old guy

            ANSWERS.
            1.(a) YES, several times. (b) YES, That was Doolittle’s raid. The “Mitchell’s” were B-25s. © YES. Several times. (d) Only in a sense of 1000 A/C raids with about equal destructive power. Also the incendiary bomb raids.
            2. Not that I know of. The envisioned ships were Brits.

          • publius_maximus_III

            1(b) Oops, brain fart. Billy Mitchell = Jimmy Doolittle…
            .
            Conclusion — The Navy should treat this latest War Game surprise as a teachable moment, not something to be suppressed or minimized.
            .
            Vive la France, our allies once again!

          • Secundius

            @ publius_maximus_III & old guy.

            Answer to question 2. YES, elements of the 5th Fleet, under the joint command of Adm. Ray Spruance and Adm. “Bull” Halsey. Were stationed near the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea, to prevent Japanese from gaining a “Foot Hold” in the Region. Latter parts of 1944 to war end in 1945. Fifth Fleet deactivated in 1945, then reactivated in the 1990’s…

      • Secundius

        @ Jon Helpingstine.

        Two teenagers and an XBox 360 could win a Wargame…

        • Jon Helpingstine

          Oh ok I’m sure the Admiral of the USS Roosevelt feels much better now that you said so!!

      • TjValion68

        The French are 1 for 140. Don’t think we need to worry. No defense is perfect, all the time. That’s why we train. That wont happen again, I assure you.

        • Jon Helpingstine

          Yeah “YOU” trained and failed! YOU assure me?! So that’s why the French and US Navy are hush hush about this? Look at this website, there is a story about this fleet’s pre-deployment training and it’s deployment to the Middle East, but nothing about it’s epic fail! One sub “sunk” a supercarrier and half of it’s escort. The only difference is that actual torpedoes weren’t launched. I’m sure the US Navy takes these scenarios pretty seriously…and they were “sunk”! That’s huge! 1 supercarrier is still a supercarrier, thousands of lives and billions of US tax dollars!

          • TjValion68

            Jon, when playing our war games, we have guidelines to follow. Not like real life. We test certain systems, with certain scenarios to see how they play out. In real life, there aren’t “set” actions. It would be much different.

          • Jon Helpingstine

            I’ve never served in the military and I mean no disrespect but, who are you to say these wargames “would be much different” from reality? Then why train at all if they’re so confident in their strength? ONE SUB PENETRATED AN ENTIRE FLEETS DEFENSES! If it’s so inconsequential, why no story?

          • Secundius

            @ Jon Helpingstine.

            Most likely reason, Embarrassment. This isn’t the First time the Navy, Air Force, Army, or Marine Corp. has ever lost a Wargame. Also, Ego get’s in the way of Sound Judgement. The tend to Underestimate the Skill Level of there Opposing Opponent…

          • Jon Helpingstine

            Precisely. Then why put our troops in harms way in provoking a war against a country that has done nothing to us?

          • Secundius

            @ Joe Helpingstine.

            There’s a reason why Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice kept Colin Powell out of “The Loop”. If Colin Powell had known the Real Truth, the War may not have happened…

          • Jon Helpingstine

            Well that’s another subject in the past, unfortunately, but I’m talking about provoking Iran.

          • Secundius

            @ Jon Helpingstine.

            Different Parameters, but Same Set of Rules…

          • TjValion68

            We train to keep up on technology and tactics. We are given special scenarios and we work to see what techniques, plans, actions are effective, and what ones aren’t. As for why it is news, where did you get the story? Example: Fox News will tell you about all of the lying, backdoor, crooked politics of the Obama administration, while the pro-liberal media (MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC) will post anti-military stories, and not mention how the liberal-left government is lying to everyone. Simple.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            Sir, Fox News Tells the News, they don’t Report the News…

          • TjValion68

            Fox like the others has a “side”. They are more conservative. However, as a 20 year vet with 3 deployments in the middle east (areas of combat) I can tell you for a FACT that Fox puts out FAR more factual information on foreign affairs than the left-leaning MSM. Perfect example…the left STILL thinks there weren’t any WMD’s in Iraq. LMAO!!! Anyone that has actually BEEN to IRAQ will tell you that there were, in fact MANY WMD’s, the Iraqi people will tell you how they were used against them by their own government, and there is a trail to Syria that should have been seen by the international space station because it was so fricken big. Make no mistake, the MSM has their own political motives. They bought Obama (with the help of the highly uneducated libnuts of Hollyweird). Look at all of the corruption that the MSM has brushed under the rug, or refused to air. Anyone know where all of Hillary’s Benghazi emails are? Span of 5 MONTHS, missing??? No cover-up? Seriously? IRS didn’t target tea party or conservatives? We didn’t get caught with our pants down, selling weapons to drug cartels in Mexico (only to see them surface and be used against our own law enforcement). The assault on the 2nd amendment ( “guns kill”). Statistically, you have a better chance of drowning in your swimming pool, than you do of getting shot. Speaking of mass shootings, has anyone else noticed that the people that carried out Columbine, Aurora, and the Sandy Hook mass shootings were all……LIBERALS????? Global Warming….let me get my hands on some of THAT government funding!! What a joke! The very same man that started the weather channel as COMPLETELY debunked global warming. Nothing more than a scam by the scientific community to suck money out of the federal government (who by the way, are getting a reach-around by the scientific community come election time). My point being, DON’T be fooled by the liberal media. They are WAY worse than Fox News. When we (Navy/Marines) are in an area of combat, we are on the offensive. We don’t troll around waiting to catch someone trying to sneak up on us. We, for the most part, already have THEM in our cross-hairs. Again, I assure you, when we are in the Gulf, NOBODY would sneak through our defenses and live to tell about it. 100% confident.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68

            Why don’t you ask FOX about the Sinking of the US Aircraft Carrier and it Battle Group by a Lone French Submarine. I’d really like to know what their Answer is going to be…

          • TjValion68

            They reported it. What’s your point??

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            Its one thing to say a Carrier Battle Group with all its escorts was SUNK, it something completely different to PROVE IT. Of all the Hundreds of Media News Outlets in the world, ONLY FOX reported it. Don’t you find that a Little Strange…

          • Secundius

            @ TyValion68.

            While many WMD’s were used agiaint’s the Kurd’s and Iranian’s, NONE were found during the Second Gulf War. How many Congressional Beghazi hearings have their been now, at least 6 by my last count, probably more. The same Clinton E-Mail’s were used in each of those, and STILL NO SMOKING GUN. I believe the IRS also went after Liberal’s with the same type ZEEL that was used on Conservatives. It’s funny how FOX’s moral value’s towards Bill O’Reilly differ greatly, than those of NBC’s Brian Williams, for reporting on things that NEVER HAPPENED, isn’t it…

          • TjValion68

            WRONG! WMD’s WERE FOUND. That proves my point. You are one of the sheep. As for “no smoking” gun, that, AGAIN, proves another of my points…WHERE ARE THE HUGE GAPS OF MISSING EMAILS from Hillary???? In fact, the famous photo of her texting on the C-17 while heading to the middle east, is missing as well. Most politicians are corrupt, but this administration has proven itself to be the worst in DECADES.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            If you can prove that their are GAPS in SecState Hilary Clinton e-mail’s. Provide THEM, I’m sure Rep. Darrell Issa would LOVE to SEE THEM. And if she texted on a C-17, I’m fairly certain the Air Force or State Dept. would have provided SECURE Encrypted Communications, too her…

          • TjValion68

            Trey Gowdy has already stated that there are HUGE gaps of emails missing in the information she has provided. It will be interesting when he subpoena’s her private server at her home. What kind of excuses will you make for her then? lol

          • Secundius

            @ TjTalion68.

            Really? As of 6-hours ago, Rep. Trey Gowdy has backed off on his claims….

          • TjValion68

            Don’t see any proof. Just talk.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            I forgot, you don’t get your information by reading or the Internet. You prefer being Spoon Feeding by FOX News…

          • TjValion68

            You’re a bitter little man, aren’t you. Not only do I read, but I have experience in much of the discussions I involve myself in.

          • TjValion68

            “You prefer being Spoon Feeding by FOX News…” I’m guessing you are the one that doesn’t get much reading done. Try an English/Grammar class.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68

            to date there have been 13 Benghazi Congressional Hearings, They subpoenaed ALL of SecState Hillary Clinton’s e-mailing’s. If the weren’t made at the State Department, they had to be made somewhere. Use your brain, WHERE DID THEY COME FROM, Maybe Mars…

          • TjValion68

            Again, you have NO PROOF. I have listed news sources that have investigated, evidence that Trey Gowdy is still waiting on emails, yet, in your special world, proof is nothing. It has been reported by several news outlets that there are LARGE gaps of missing emails from Hillary (talking MONTHS, not days). She has yet to account for them. What part of that don’t you understand?

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            Last I heard the were well over 100,000 pages of e-mail’s, several month’s worth of reading. Are you saying that Rep. Trey Gowdy read each and every page of those e-mail’s in less than a week…

          • TjValion68

            No, I’m saying that emails have dates on them, and Trey Gowdy has identified MONTHS (in a row) of NO EMAILS on Hillary’s one, and only business phone. It has been reported that there is an absence of FIVE straight months of email traffic from her. You don’t find that suspicious??

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            No not really, considering there are other ways to communicate instruction, other then through e-mailing’s…

          • TjValion68

            Just out of curiosity, what’s the longest you have gone without sending or receiving an email?

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            I didn’t get my first computer until 2012. So about 56-years…

          • TjValion68

            You got me on that one.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            Up until then I never really needed one. Then I had my First Stroke. After spending several month in the Neurology Wing of the Inova Hospital System in Northern Virginia. My Brain Doctor suggested I keep my Mind Active, too prevent possible Second Stroke. Within 24-hours, my sister bought me a Chromebook. And the rest is history. Plus 2-1/2 years, no second stroke, KOW (Knock On Wood)…

          • TjValion68

            Glad to hear you are feeling better. Just don’t watch MSNBC, that could set you back. lol I still think Hillary is living up to the “Clinton reputation” (shady dealings). Especially after she took shots at “W” for his cell phone. I’m not a fan of the Clintons, and I don’t want another Bush in the White House. However, there are WAY too many open questions from an administration that was suppose to be “transparent”. Furthermore, how can our President think that he is going to change Iran? They want to destroy us, so WHY would he GIVE THEM nukes? I don’t get it.

          • Secundius

            @ TjValion68.

            You’d surprised to known, that neither do I. I watch NewsHour, Frontline, and BBC. I stopped watch MSNBC, when Keith Olbermann went back to ESPN…

          • Jon Helpingstine

            Yeah of course there were WMD’s in Iraq, the one’s left over that the CIA KNEW Saddam had and did nothing to stop him from using against Iran in the 80’s. Why do conservatives like to forget the fact that we put the man in power and had ACTUAL intelligence of WMD’s throughout the 80’s! but did nothing to stop him then and it’s declassified that we supported him in using them? In 2003 were there any that posed an immediate threat to the National Security of the U.S.? No. Even George Dubya wrote in his memoirs that there were no stockpiles of WMD’s found in Iraq and after that Cheney (the real 43rd US President) had Bushy locked up in Texas painting pictures of cats!!! never again to appear on national television to comment on the subject.

          • Secundius

            @ Jon Helpingstine.

            I agree with TjValion68. In a Wargame, your playing with a know set of variables or Rules. In reality, There are NO RULES…

      • John

        The French are also well known for sinking their own fleet when the Germans invaded France during WWII… They’re somewhat of a military anomaly!

        • Secundius

          @ John.

          The French didn’t do that, the British Did…

  • Secundius

    Maybe if were real lucky, the Iranian’s will send out their Cardboard Cut-Out Aircraft Carrier and Show Us Up. And tell the US. and the rest of the World, what they can do with a Very Large Pair of Scissors…

    • Jon Helpingstine

      Yeah like the French did with one sub to this exact fleet!! “Sunk”!!

  • Marjus Plaku

    The best place for NIFCA ships now is the Black Sea, with Russia having turned Crimea into a missile and air base.

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  • Secundius

    @ USNI News.

    Thank’s for another fine REDITTMENT…

  • Secundius

    FYI.

    Congress has decided to reduce the size of the Fleet for 284-ship’s to 275-ship’s. CVN-73, George Washington is coming home to Norfolk, VA. for upgrading.
    CVN-74, Theodore Roosevelt, new home is San Diego, CA.
    And CVN-76, Ronald Reagan, new home in Yokosuka, Japan…

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