USS Theodore Roosevelt Heading to Bremerton After Back-to-Back Deployments

June 30, 2021 4:05 PM
Two F/A-18 Super Hornets, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on April 29, 2021. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is changing homeports from San Diego, Calif., to Bremerton, Wash., for an overdue dry-dock maintenance period after back-to-back deployments to the Western Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Tuesday.

The approximately 3,000 sailors and their families will relocate to Bremerton in July while Theodore Roosevelt will pull into the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) later this year.

“The DPIA is scheduled to commence this September and will include a system retrofit to accommodate the F-35C Lightning II mission capabilities, as well as upgrades to the ship self-defense system (SSDS), the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) network, and the Mk 38 25mm machine gun, as well as refurbishment and preservation of the ship’s hull, rudder, propulsion shaft, anchor, and 25 berthing spaces,” reads the statement from Pacific Fleet.

TR returned from an almost five-month deployment in May that followed a 2020 deployment interrupted by a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier.

The carrier’s last planned incremental availability concluded in December 2018, according to USNI News’ carrier deployment database.

Theodore Roosevelt and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) both deployed without a significant maintenance period for so-called double pump deployments, as the Navy has wrestled with providing ready carrier strike groups after 20 years of surge deployments to the Middle East and ongoing maintenance delays in the carrier force.

In U.S. 5th Fleet, Ike has begun its return journey to Norfolk, Va., for its own expected maintenance period. The strike group is set to return to the East Coast in July.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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