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US carrier Theodore Roosevelt kicks off this year’s second deployment

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the South China Sea in March 2020. Photo: US Navy

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) started its second back-to-back deployment this year, after completing a sustainment exercise off the US west coast.

Theodore Roosevelt started the second deployment on December 23, after returning from a six-month Asia-Pacific deployment in July. The ship was underway for exercises since September this year.

“Our sailors worked incredibly hard to make sure we set sail with a healthy, capable, and ready crew,” said Capt. Eric Anduze, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “Our success is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our team and the support of our families and loved ones.”

The sustainment exercise (SUSTEX) is an integrated and comprehensive exercise designed to test the strike group’s ability to compete in a high-end fight.

“Completing SUSTEX confirmed that Carrier Strike Group Nine is ready to sail west to preserve freedom of the seas, deter aggression, and if necessary, win against any competitor,” said Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine.

The TRCSG consists of Carrier Strike Group 9, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), Destroyer Squadron 23, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS John Finn (DDG 113).

Theodore Roosevelt’s embarked air wing consists of the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87, “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, “Black Knights” of VFA-154, “Liberty Bells” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, “The Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 and “Providers” of Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Detachment 3.