USS Theodore Roosevelt visits Guam for first time in ship’s history
For the first time in its 31 years of service with the US Navy, aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) pulled into Guam for a scheduled port visit on October 31.
Theodore Roosevelt, flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), arrived in Guam after entering the 7th Fleet area of operations October 23.
While in Guam, Theodore Roosevelt is planning to conduct multiple community relations projects, shipboard tours and sporting events. Sailors will also have the chance to experience highlights of the area and local sights through tours organized by the ships’ morale, welfare, and recreation programs.
Guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Preble (DDG 88) conducted a port call to Guam at the same time. TRCSG is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and conduct maritime security operations.
Approximately 6,000 sailors will be in port Guam during the visit. TRCSG consists of the staff of Destroyer Squadron 23 and the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW 17), which includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, VFA 94, VFA 22, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.
“Guam has a long history with the US Navy and is very important to what we do in the Pacific,” said Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine. “It is our privilege to visit and experience that history and shared culture first hand.”
Theodore Roosevelt left its homeport of San Diego, Calif., October 6 for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the US 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.