Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs & USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrived Nov. 15 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the way to the ship’s new homeport of San Diego to conclude a nearly nine-month deployment.
During the visit, the crew enjoyed liberty in Hawaii, and many met friends and family members.
Theodore Roosevelt (TR) departed Norfolk on March 11 for an around-the-world deployment, scheduled to conclude in San Diego as part of a three-carrier swap. During deployment, TR and its Sailors conducted operations in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
While in U.S. 5th Fleet, the TR Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as directed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.
coalition conducting airstrikes against ISIS. The TRCSG carried out 1,812 combat sorties totaling 10,618 combat flight hours, taking on 14.5 million gallons of jet fuel and expending 1,085 precision-guided munitions.
“We are proud to welcome the warfighters of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to our waterfront and to historic Pearl Harbor,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
Theodore Roosevelt departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations Nov. 13.
While in U.S. 7th Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt participated in Exercise Malabar 15 with the Indian navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, made a port visit to Singapore, and hosted Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Malaysia’s defense minister.
“It has been an arduous eight months and the crew has done a superb job, and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to finishing strong and bringing Theodore Roosevelt to her new home in San Diego,” said Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt’s change of homeport is part of a three-carrier swap that includes USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS George Washington (CVN 73), which is on the way to a new homeport in Norfolk.