CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch

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  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch
  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch | Center Detail
  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch | Upper Left Quadrant
  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch | Upper Right Quadrant
  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch | Lower Left Quadrant
  • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt Patch | Lower Right Quadrant
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SHIPS THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is the fourth Nimitz-class supercarrier. Her history began on 30 September 1980, when a contract was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding. Construction began on 31 October 1981, when Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger authenticated the keel-laying of Theodore Roosevelt by initiating the first weld. Captain Paul W. Parcells was named Prospective Commanding Officer in Feb. 1984, and that October the ship was officially christened. On 25 October 1986, Theodore Roosevelt was placed in active service. Normally the first ship in a class, in this case Nimitz, would be shock tested prior to deployment. However, Nimitz was never tested and the testing fell to Theodore Roosevelt, or the "T.R." as it is sometimes referred to by its sailors. A more common name, and its call sign, is Rough Rider, the name of President Theodore Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American War The T.R. had several explosive charges at various depths, distances and amplitudes detonated underneath her hull. All critical components were videotaped and analyzed. The shock testing was in addition to the standard tests that all newly commissioned ships endure such as high speed runs and turns. Because of extensive changes between the first three units of the class and "T.R." and all subsequent ships, the latter six are infrequently called "Theodore Roosevelt-class" aircraft carriers. Capt. Dayton W. Ritt became Theodore Roosevelt's second Commanding Officer on 3 October 1987, and on 30 December 1988, Theodore Roosevelt started her maiden deployment, which was also the maiden deployment of the first 10-squadron air wing, Carrier Air Wing Eight. Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Battle "E" from Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, on 20 March 1990. On 9 June 1990, Capt. Charles S. Abbot became the ship's third Commanding Officer and on 28 December, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 deployed for Operation Desert Shield. Theodore Roosevelt entered the war on 9 January 1991, eventually flying over 4,200 sorties (more than any other carrier) and dropping more than 4,800,000 pounds of ordnance before the cease-fire on 28 February. 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 169 days at sea, Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk on 28 June 1991. On 14 February 1992, the ship won its second Battle "E". This was followed by the award of the Battenberg Cup for 1991 as the Atlantic Fleet's premier ship. Capt. Stanley W. Bryant became Theodore Roosevelt's fourth Commanding Officer on 27 August 1992. Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 began their third deployment on 11 March 1993, teamed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) to test the concept of embarking a multi-purpose Marine force in a carrier. Theodore Roosevelt hosted President Bill Clinton's first visit to a U.S. ship, then sailed to 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 to turn around and 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 underway. Her flight deck logged over 16,000 hours, and CVW-8 flew more sorties than during the Persian Gulf War. For its accomplishments, the ship received its second Meritorious Unit Commendation. In November 1993, Theodore Roosevelt entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Heading back to sea on 14 April 1994, Theodore Roosevelt became the first nuclear carrier to complete an SRA ahead of schedule at NNSY. Awards for 1993 continued. Theodore Roosevelt received the CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award for the best retention in an Atlantic Fleet carrier. On 10 March 1994, Theodore Roosevelt received its third Battle "E". Then on June 3, Theodore Roosevelt was awarded its second Battenberg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. On 8 July 1994, Capt. Ronald L. Christenson became Theodore Roosevelt's fifth Commanding Officer. Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-8 began their fourth deployment in March 1995, operating in the Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch. Theodore Roosevelt also provided a "Forward...from the Sea" presence, conducting flight operations in support of 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. During Theodore Roosevelt's transit home, Secretary of the John H. Dalton came aboard and awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group the Unit Commendation for its Bosnia operations. In 1996, Theodore Roosevelt received its third consecutive Golden Anchor Award and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet's first Security Excellence Award. CVW-3 joined Theodore Roosevelt in May 1996 prior to her port visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia. On 1 November 1996, Capt. David Architzel became Theodore Roosevelt's sixth Commanding Officer. Theodore Roosevelt deployed for her fifth deployment on 25 November 1996, conducting operations in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. 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. In February 1998, Theodore Roosevelt received her fifth Golden Anchor Award while in the shipyard. One year later, Theodore Roosevelt returned to her homeport at the Norfolk Naval Station. Capt. David R. Bryant became Theodore Roosevelt's seventh Commanding Officer on 22 September 1998. Theodore Roosevelt began her sixth deployment on 26 March 1999 with CVW-8. 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, Va., on 24 September 1999. On 7 January 2000, Theodore Roosevelt entered a Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. This six month maintenance period ended on 30 June 2000 when the ship departed on sea trials. Theodore Roosevelt successfully completed her Inter-Deployment Training Cycle in August 2001. After steaming to New York to assist in relief efforts after the attack of September 11, 2001, Theodore Roosevelt began her seventh deployment on 19 September 2001 with Carrier Air Wing One. After a routine transit of the Atlantic Ocean, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-1 were called to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Receiving support from around the country, Theodore Roosevelt and CVW-1 led coalition forces in creating a more stable government in Afghanistan and hunting down members of al-Qaeda. After breaking the record longest period underway since WWII, Theodore Roosevelt's crew only hit two ports after 159 days at sea. Theodore Roosevelt was again awarded the Battenberg Cup, Naval Unit Commendation, and Battle E. Theodore Roosevelt pulled back in 17 March 2001. Theodore Roosevelt pulled out of NNSY 30 October 2002, after completing a Planned Incremental Availability
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