USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | Nimitz Class

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (also known by crewmembers as “the Big Stick” or within the US Navy simply as TR) is the fourth Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier. Her radio call sign is Rough Rider, the name of President Theodore Roosevelt’s volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish–American War. She was launched in 1984, saw her first action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

General and specialized information

Name Namesake Ordered Awarded Builder
USS Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt September 30, 1980 N/A Newport News Shipbuilding Co.
Cost Laid down Sponsored by Christened Launched
$4.5 billion October 31, 1981 N/A N/A October 27, 1984
Commissioned Homeport Motto Knickname Current Status
October 25, 1986 NAS MNorth Island San Diego, CA Qui Plantavit Curabit TR, Big Stick Active – January 2017

General characteristics

Class and type:
  • Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
  • Theodore Roosevelt subclass
Displacement: 104,600 long tons (117,200 short tons)[2]
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 feet (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 feet (40.8 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors
  • 4 × steam turbines driving 4 × shafts
  • 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Endurance: Limited only by food and supplies
Complement:
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480

Systems and Armament

Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
  • AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
  • 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 4 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
  • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament:
  • 2 × Sea Sparrow
  • 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • 2 × PHALANX CIWS (Close-In Weapons System) Gatling guns
Armor: 63.5 mm Kevlar armor over vitals [3]
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

Design and construction

Main article: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Theodore Roosevelt was the first aircraft carrier to be assembled using modular construction, wherein large modules are independently constructed in “lay-down” areas, prior to being hoisted into place and welded together. Modular construction, made possible through the use of a huge gantry crane capable of lifting 900 tons, cut 16 months off Theodore Roosevelts construction time, and the technique has been used on every aircraft carrier since. Roosevelt and those Nimitz-class vessels completed after her have slight structural differences from the earlier carriers (USS Nimitz, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and USS Carl Vinson) and improved protection for ordnance storage in her magazines.[7]

Theodore Roosevelts history began on 30 September 1980, when a contract was awarded for “Hull 624D” to Newport News Shipbuilding. Her keel was laid down on 31 October 1981, with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger initiating the first weld. On 3 November 1981, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman announced that the carrier would be named for the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

The vessel’s Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) was formed in February 1984, with Captain Paul W. Parcells named the Commanding Officer. On 27 October 1984 the ship was officially christened by Mrs. Barbara Lehman, wife of Secretary Lehman. On 25 October 1986, Theodore Roosevelt was commissioned to active service at Newport News.

Overhauls
  • March 1987 to July 1987 – Post Shakedown Availability
  • July 1989 to November 1989 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • October 1991 to May 1992 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • November 1993 to April 1994 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • November 1995 to March 1996 – Selected Restricted Availability – aft starboard CIWS removed
  • June 1997 to July 1998 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • January 2000 to June 2000 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • May 2002 to October 2002 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • February 2004 to December 2004 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • March 2007 to November 2007 – Planned Incremental Availability – 2 RAM replace 1 CIWS/1 Mk-29 at forward port sponson/aft starboard sponson
  • August 2009 to August 2013 – Refueling and Complex Overhaul – top two levels of island replaced; new antenna mast; new radar tower

Service history[edit]

Maiden deployment[edit]

Shock test of Theodore Roosevelt during sea trials in 1987

After sea trials and pre-deployment work ups, Theodore Roosevelt started her maiden deployment on 30 December 1988 with Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked. The ship patrolled the Mediterranean Sea prior to returning on 30 June 1989.

Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the 1989 Battle “E” from Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet on 20 March 1990.

1990s[edit]

Persian Gulf War[edit]

On 28 December 1990, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 deployed for Operation Desert Shield, arriving in the Persian Gulf on 16 January 1991. With the commencement of Operation Desert Storm on 15 January 1991, Theodore Roosevelt began combat operations; eventually flying over 4,200 sorties (more than any other carrier) and dropping more than 4,800,000 pounds (2,177,243.4 kg) of ordnance before the cease-fire on 28 February.[1]

When Iraqi forces turned on the Kurds, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 were among the first coalition forces in Operation Provide Comfort, flying patrols over northern Iraq. After a 189-day deployment, with 176 days at sea, Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk on 28 June 1991. On 14 February 1992, the ship won her second Battle “E”. This was followed by the award of the Battenberg Cup for 1991 as the Atlantic Fleet’s premier ship.[8]

Four US Navy carriers form “Battle Force Zulu” following the 1991 Gulf War; Roosevelt (top right) cruises with Midway (top left), Ranger (bottom left) and America (bottom right)

1993–1999[edit]

A U.S. Navy corpsman aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in May 1999.

Theodore Roosevelt began her third deployment on 11 March 1993, again with CVW-8 embarked. Also embarked was a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF), in a test the concept of embarking a multi-purpose Marine force in a carrier.

While the ship was still in the Virginia Capes operating area, President Bill Clinton flew aboard for several hours for his first visit to a U.S. Navy ship.[8]

Theodore Roosevelt operated in the Adriatic as CVW-8 planes enforced Operation Deny Flight in the U.S. no-fly zone over Bosnia. In June, on the way to only her second port visit, Theodore Roosevelt was ordered instead to transit the Suez Canal en route to the Red Sea to participate in Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq.

Deployed for 184 days, Theodore Roosevelt spent 169 days under way prior to return in September 1993. For the accomplishments of her crew, the ship received her second Meritorious Unit Commendation.

From November 1993 to April 1994, Theodore Roosevelt conducted a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), completing ahead of schedule.

On 10 March 1994, Theodore Roosevelt received its third Battle “E”. Then on 3 June, Theodore Roosevelt was awarded her second Battenberg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet.

Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 began their fourth deployment in March 1995, operating in the Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch over Iraq, and Operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard over the skies of Bosnia and in the Adriatic operating areas. Deny Flight evolved into Operation Deliberate Force, as CVW-8 aircraft led NATO strikes against strategic Bosnian Serb targets in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group returned to Norfolk, Virginia in September 1995 and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for its Bosnia operations.[8]

Theodore Roosevelt deployed for her fifth deployment on 25 November 1996, with CVW-3 embarked, in support of Operation Southern Watch in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. The ship returned from deployment in May 1997.

On 8 July 1997, Theodore Roosevelt entered the Newport News Shipbuilding yard for a one-year Extended Drydock and Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA), her first major overhaul since commissioning. Theodore Roosevelt returned to her homeport of Norfolk Naval Station on 2 July 1998.

Theodore Roosevelt underway in 1999

An air traffic controller watches his radar scope in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center

From 1 February to 4 March 1999 Theodore Roosevelt participated in a large navy exercise called JTFEX / TMDI99 along with the Brazilian navy and several NATO navies. During the exercise Theodore Roosevelt was ‘sunk’[9] by the Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus along with 8 other US ships, many of which were part of the carriers escorts.

Theodore Roosevelt began her sixth deployment on 26 March 1999 with CVW-8 embarked. They were immediately called to duty in the Ionian Sea to support NATO’s Operation Allied Force. Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 aircraft conducted air strikes for two months over the skies of Kosovo against the Serbians. TR and CVW-8 were then dispatched to support Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the “no-fly” zone over Southern Iraq. Theodore Roosevelt returned to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, on 24 September 1999.

On 10 January 2000, Theodore Roosevelt entered a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia for a six-month maintenance period.

2000s[edit]

After the 11 September attacks, Theodore Roosevelt began her seventh deployment on 19 September 2001 with Carrier Air Wing One. On the night of 4 October 2001, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-1 launched the initial strikes of Operation Enduring Freedom against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan from the North Arabian Sea. Theodore Roosevelt spent 159 consecutive days at sea, breaking the record longest period underway since World War II.[10]Theodore Roosevelt returned to her homeport 27 March 2002, and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, 2001 Battenberg Cup, and 2001 Battle E.[11] From April to October 2002, Theodore Roosevelt conducted a Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Norfolk Naval Ship Yard.

Roosevelt receives cargo while pierside at the NATO Marathi Pier Facility in Crete.

Theodore Roosevelt got underway on 6 January for a scheduled month-long training period in the Puerto Rican Operating Area. Near the end of January, Theodore Roosevelt received orders to proceed across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Strike Fighter Squadron 201, based at Naval Air Station Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, was ordered to active duty as a unit of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, the first Naval Reserve squadron to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier since the Korean War.[12]Theodore Roosevelt arrived on station in the Eastern Mediterranean in February. On 22 March 2003 Theodore Roosevelt, along with USS Harry S. Truman, began launching air strikes into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.[13]Theodore Roosevelt returned home on 26 May, and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Unit Citation, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Theodore Roosevelt in the Elizabeth River in 2004

On 19 February 2004, Theodore Roosevelt entered a ten-month Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at NNSY in Portsmouth.[14] Major systems overhauled included AC systems, Steam and CHT (sewage) systems, 1MC (announcing) systems, communication, navigation, and detection suites, weapons elevator overhauls, propeller replacement, hull cleaning and painting, and sea valve replacement. Theodore Roosevelt came out of dry-dock in August and completed the maintenance availability on 17 December 2004.[15]

An F/A-18 Hornet from the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 ignites its afterburners while preparing to be catapulted from the flight deck.

On 1 September 2005, Theodore Roosevelt deployed with Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked for a routine six-month mission to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF),[16] transiting the Suez Canal on 27 September[17] and launching OIF missions beginning 6 October.[18] This deployment was the last cruise for the F-14 Tomcat before its retirement in 2006. Theodore Roosevelt carried two Tomcat squadrons, VF-31 (Tomcatters) and VF-213 (Black Lions).[19]Theodore Roosevelt returned to home port on 11 March 2006.[citation needed]

Shortly after this cruise, Theodore Roosevelt earned the “Jig Dog” Ramage Carrier and Carrier Air Wing Operational Excellence Award, which is a Navy-wide award that is selected jointly by Type Commanders (TYCOM) and is presented to the Carrier/Air Wing team with the best performance as an integrated unit.

On 7 March 2007 Theodore Roosevelt began a nine-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in Norfolk, which saw the addition of RAM missiles among other upgrades.[20] The ship returned to Naval Station Norfolk on 28 November 2007.[citation needed]

CVW-8 and Theodore Roosevelt participated in Joint Task Force Exercise 08-4 Operation Brimstone off the coast of North Carolina between 21 and 31 July 2008. The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima with associated units and the Brazilian frigate Greenhalgh and the French submarine Améthyste also participated in the event.[21]

Theodore Roosevelt left Norfolk on 8 September 2008 for a scheduled deployment to the Middle East with Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked.[22] On 4 October 2008 the ship stopped at Cape Town, South Africa. This was the first visit to Cape Town by a nuclear-powered vessel since the German cargo ship Otto Hahn in the 1970s.[23] Due to poor weather, approximately half of the ship’s crew was unable to go ashore on liberty. Much of the crew that made it ashore was unable to return to Theodore Roosevelt due to the increasingly poor weather. The remaining crew was forced to remain on the pier till morning alongside the cruiser USS Monterey. The ship made four subsequent port stops in Jebel Ali, UAE, including one during the Christmas holiday. CVW-8 and CVN-71 supported Operation Enduring Freedom and flew more than 3,100 sorties and dropped more than 59,500 pounds of ordnance while providing Close Air Support for ISAF-forces in Afghanistan.

On 21 March 2009 Theodore Roosevelt was relieved by Dwight D. Eisenhower.[24] The carrier arrived at Norfolk on 18 April.[25]

On 26 August 2009 defense contractor Northrop Grumman was awarded a 2.4 billion dollar contract for Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of Theodore Roosevelt at its Newport News shipyard, to be completed in 2013.[26]

2010s[edit]

On 29 August 2013, Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, completing its post-overhaul sea trials that concluded its four-year mid-life RCOH.[27] On 14 September 2013, Theodore Roosevelt successfully completed flight deck certification which entailed completing a total of 160 carrier landings during daytime and night-time operations. Other certification drills included rigging the emergency barricade, flight deck firefighting evolutions, and crash and salvage operations.[28] On 17 September 2013, Theodore Roosevelt completed its first underway replenishment in over four years.[29]

Flight testing for the X-47B continued on board Theodore Roosevelt on 10 November 2013. During this phase, the X-47B’s digitized carrier-controlled environment was tested which involved the interface between the unmanned aircraft and carrier personnel during launching, recovering, and flight operations. Such a digital environment offered increased flexibility and enhanced safety for carrier operations.[30]

On 15 January 2014, the Navy announced that Theodore Roosevelts homeport would move to San Diego, replacing USS Ronald Reagan when it relocated to Japan sometime in 2015 as part of the US Navy’s preparation for the planned refueling of USS George Washington.[31]

On 4 March 2015 it was reported in a blogspot of the French Navy and Defense Ministry that during a recent training exercise off Florida the French submarine Saphir as part of the “enemy” attack group had “sunk” the aircraft carrier.[32][33] The blogspot was later erased.[33]

On 11 March 2015, the Theodore Roosevelt-led Carrier Strike Group 12 departed Naval Station Norfolk for an around the world tour with deployments to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets as part the first deployment of Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) Carrier Strike Group, before arriving in their new homeport of San Diego, California.[34][35]

On 20 April 2015, Theodore Roosevelt along with the cruiser USS Normandy were deployed off the coast of Yemen to intercept suspected Iranian weapons shipments intended for the Houthi rebels, who are locked in battle with Yemeni government forces.[36]

In early November 2015, Theodore Roosevelt along with the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed to the South China Sea to assert freedom of navigation in the area claimed by China.

The Theodore Roosevelt pulled into its new home port at San Diego on 23 November 2015, completing a deployment that took it, literally, around the world. The carrier launched 1,800 sorties against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, totaling 10,618 flight hours and over one million pounds of ordnance employed through 1,085 guided munitions. Carrier Strike Group 12 traveled nearly 27,000 nmi (31,000 mi; 50,000 km) during the deployment, which also marked aviation milestones including the first operational use of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the last active-duty operational deployment of the HH-60H Rescue Hawk and SH-60F Seahawk helicopters.[37]

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Commissioning

2015 World Tour Deployment Video

Publisher:USS Theodore Roosevelt

Original video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKnXzjUf4N0

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15:31and while we do not know exactly what the future hold
15:36we can be sure or you up
15:39george HW Bush will provide commanders
15:42she for the next by decades
15:46with option of to respond
15:49way that no other nation can cap
15:53learning the sailor ship today
15:57you bring light for this extraordinary ship your skill
16:01Your Enthusiasm your courage and your determination
16:06leadership to greatness set the bar very high
16:10so that everyone is always reaching for it your ship’s namesake
16:15and the nation expect nothing less thank you very much
16:28thank you
16:28up your remark your leadership
16:32ship company all
16:35hot I will now read my order
16:39from name personnel captain Kevin
16:42Larry United they Navy object Europe personnel owners number 35 38
16:4818 member 2008 upon commissioning
16:52United they hit george HW Bush TV and
16:55seventy 7 report for duty at commanding officer
16:58sign Matteo rear admiral United date Navy
17:02commander Navy personnel command ship company
17:06portrayed rap
17:09ladies and gentleman
17:13as many of you know our name thing with the 44th President of the United
17:17day left well remembered however
17:20incredible journey up not long after pearl harbor
17:25elected to postpone college then
17:28three-day fourth nineteen birthday became the nineteen
17:32the youngest naval aviator not 83
17:35urgent appeal 151 US mansion ago
17:39during world war 2 the battle the Philippine
17:42the one up the campaign larger air Val
17:46during a later mission September 1944
17:49again Japanese your installation playing with here
17:52by anti-aircraft fire by
17:56damage be completed attack then never mile
17:59out the before bailing out rescued by the bring you a
18:04that in back you later returned participated
18:08for the combat operation with water and with rotated
18:11home having completed 58 combat mission
18:15earning thing with flying crop and 3
18:18airmail you remain serving until the end of the war
18:22bien he then entered Yale University
18:25graduating short two and a half years later in 1948
18:29having captained Yale University baseball game
18:33and playing in the first two College World Series and drink business upon
18:37returned attack you later remember the house represented
18:41at you at the map the united nation director
18:45Central Intelligence and ronald reagan by
18:49right ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege
18:53intruded the Honorable your Herbert Walker Bush
19:33although here
19:34cap great how lucky we are to be were given no
19:43Navy man reminiscing being here in
19:47their money take me back the five-year
19:50another shipyard
19:54up the US said
19:57like care which roommate very
20:01with today and I are preparing to serve in World War two
20:06big with this like phyllis diller
20:10when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order
20:13and i’m glad to be here and a few memory
20:18that ever 1943
20:22now for form during help
20:28painter barber here right New York
20:31should come down ceremony with my mother
20:35that week mater and public we’ve done a pretty good job keeping our room at
20:42but by that point there courtship
20:45German Japanese the only people nowhere
20:49marry the other members
20:53Spurs commissioning fact that i won
20:57and Jack by part the biggest
21:01or anything else ever say 660 feet long
21:06and 120 II cap
21:09figure 2b your net this really cannot compare
21:14almost twice 4.5 acre landing
21:18our up story I’m
21:23featured my grand particular
21:27really like that’s right on word her mindboggling
21:31 1400 help
21:35for all up heard
21:38however for all state-of-the-art technology
21:41safety environmental features most important element finally be
21:47form men and women thoroughbred
21:50voting mailer for sitting out there
21:55five years ago preparing to serve aboard
21:58with right up there with red
22:02started my neighbor a aviation
22:05where all our I don’t know if I could
22:10you prepared I do know
22:14you take with hopes dream
22:17every American Karen treatment you take with the
22:22undying respect and admiration entire
22:25just a few moments I would pick art
22:29helping that for what CVN 70
22:32and from that moment on I’m
22:35officially retired many many years you are forming unbroken line
22:41Patriots protecting American character
22:45someone that what remembered
22:49I know you
22:52fine covered parade particularly in the night
22:55 back vendors start
22:58 Matt creation
23:02 bear witness sir
23:12 make no mistake
23:15 work aboard be routinely sometime
23:20 dangers freedom in only be
23:24 help you will make everyday
23:29 you thank you for your service
23:33 like everyone may God bless
23:37 men and women sale

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USS Carl Vinson CVN-70