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Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to Arrive in New San Diego Homeport on Monday

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 2, 2015. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 2, 2015. US Navy photo.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Calif., on Monday, the second of three arrivals in a three-carrier homeport swap.

Roosevelt departed Norfolk in March for an eight-and-a-half-month deployment to U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets. The Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group sailed through the Mediterranean Sea and then spent more than six months in the Middle East, launching strikes against the Islamic State as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The CSG and Carrier Air Wing 1 executed 1,812 combat sorties encompassing 10,618 combat flight hours over Iraq and Syria, as well as employed 1,085 precision guided munitions to destroy enemy targets and fighting positions.

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) both spent much of 2015 launching aircraft in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. US Navy photo.

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) both spent much of 2015 launching aircraft in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. US Navy photo.

While in the Middle East and then sailing home through the Pacific, the Roosevelt CSG also conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation events with Britain, France, India and Japan. And the strike group’s guided missile destroyers – USS Farragut (DDG-99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) – participated in three exercises with Gulf Cooperation Council nations, including Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the Britizh Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D 37) on Aug. 26, 2015. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the Britizh Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D 37) on Aug. 26, 2015. US Navy photo.

The three destroyers are East Coast based and have already returned to their homeports in Virginia and Florida. Guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) will escort Roosevelt home and then continue through U.S. 3rd and 4th Fleets en route to Norfolk.

With Roosevelt arriving in its new homeport, the carrier swap will be almost complete. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), formerly based in San Diego, arrived in Japan on Oct. 1. USS George Washington (CVN-73), formerly based in Japan, is participating in multinational exercises in South America and will eventually sail into Norfolk to await mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Roosevelt completed its RCOH in August 2013 and departed Norfolk in March, making room for George Washington.

  • Todd Bissell

    RE: “Roosevelt completed its RCOH in August 2013 and departed Norfolk in March, making room for George Washington.”

    Did we forget about the USS Abraham Lincoln in this equation?

  • publius_maximus_III

    Almost a circumnavigation of the globe this cruise. Welcome home, everybody. Hopefully all FDR’s Navy and Marine families have made the long cross-country relocation, and are waiting with open arms for our service men and women to arrive today in San Diego.

    FYI, ADM Chester W. Nimitz’s family made exactly the same cross-country move to CA during the early part of WW-II (while he went on to Pearl).

    • reggie82237

      Correct if I’m wrong, but I think you meant Teddy Roosevelt.

      • publius_maximus_III

        Oops, you are correct-o-mente, Brother Reggie. I should have referred to the Rough Rider, not the New Dealer…