Happy 30th birthday, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)!
On Oct. 25, 1986, the ship was commissioned at Newport News, Virginia.
Today, CVN-71’s commanding officer Capt. Craig Clapperton shares how the toughness of the ship’s namesake reflects the ship’s crew and its strengthening of naval power at and from the sea.
Here are 10 things that you should know about USS Theodore Roosevelt:
1. The ship is known by its crewmembers as the “Big Stick,” acknowledging the quote by her namesake, President Theodore Roosevelt – “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
2. USS Theodore Roosevelt was the first aircraft carrier to be assembled using modular construction meaning large modules and components are constructed independently prior to being hoisted into place and welded together. This process cut approximately 16 months of the ship’s construction time.
3. USS Theodore Roosevelt’s first deployment was a six month patrol of the Mediterranean Sea during between December 1988 and June 1989.
4. During Operation Desert Storm, the carrier flew more combat sorties than any other carrier delivering millions of pounds of ordnance to enemy targets.
7. In 2015, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for an around-the-world tour deploying to U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th fleets areas of responsibility.
8. In 2015, the ship was part of the unprecedented Three Carrier Hull Swap, shifting homeports from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego, California. This allowed USS Ronald Reagan to shift to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS George Washington to shift to Norfolk. This was conducted in preparation for USS George Washington’s refueling phase and prevented thousands of Sailors from having to move their families across the country or overseas.
9. USS Theodore Roosevelt’s flight deck is more 1000 ft. long and more than 250 ft. wide, supporting four catapults and four arresting gear cables.