- USS Theodore Roosevelt is making several stops across the Asia-Pacific region as it travels back to San Diego for a planned maintenance period
- The platform, which became the first US carrier to conduct simultaneous airstrikes on two different objectives more than 2,000 km apart in a recent mission, will now focus on deepening partnerships in the Seventh Fleet
The US Navy’s (USN’s) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has returned to the US Seventh Fleet’s area of operations after completing a four-month stint in the Middle East, where it took part in operations against Islamic State-linked elements.
The ship will now operate in the Western Pacific region till May before returning to San Diego, California. It will then undergo a planned incremental availability (PIA) period until “at least late-2018”, said a senior official from the carrier who spoke to Jane’s during a ship visit on 3 April.
Among upgrades that will be received by Theodore Roosevelt in the PIA package include crew accommodation improvements, refurbishment of air-conditioning and ventilation systems, and flight deck rehabilitations. Also planned are routine replacements of valves for various hydraulic systems, and recabling and rewiring of electrical and onboard IT systems, said the official. Theodore Roosevelt is only expected to return to active service in early 2019.
As part of its mission across the Asia-Pacific region, the carrier docked at Singapore’s RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base on 2 April with two ships from its strike group – the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102).
Embarked on Theodore Roosevelt is carrier air wing (CVW) 17, which comprises separate squadrons of F/A-18/E/F Super Hornet and F/A-18C Hornets fighter aircraft, E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft, MH-60R/S Sea Hawk helicopters, and C-2A Greyhound fleet logistics aircraft.
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