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U.S.S. THEODORE ROOSEVELT

(CVN-71)

SPEAK SOFTLY BUT CARRY A BIG STICK

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A Nimitz-class supercarrier, Theodore Roosevelt is also known as TR. Launched in 1984 and commissioned in 1986, TR has served for the last 24 years. TR was the first carrier assembled in modules.

Service History

TR helps maintain the sea-lanes of trade and communications and carries out a variety of missions including those that involve:

  • Air warfare
  • Strike warfare
  • Surface warfare
  • Undersea warfare
  • Electronic warfare

She began her career patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, and Persian Gulf. In 1990, she joined Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. For her service in these operations, she was awarded the Battenberg Cup, which she received several times during her career.

Other operations she has participated in include:

  • Operation Deny Flight in Bosnia
  • Operation Southern Watch in Iraq
  • Operation Sharp Guard
  • Operation Deliberate Force
  • Operation Allied Force
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

Awards and Honors

TR has earned the following awards and honors, among others:

  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Battle Efficiency Award – 4 times
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • NATO Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Golden Anchor
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal

CVN-71 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP1988-SEP1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1988-JUN1989Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC1990-JUN1991Desert Storm
JUL1991- Shellback Initiation - 1 JUL 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1992-MAY1997cvn71
JAN1993-DEC1993Desert Shield
MAR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean
MAR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1995-SEP1995Mediterranean
MAR1995-SEP1995Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1996-JUN1997Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUN1998-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1998 - Indian Ocean
MAR1999-SEP1999Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2001-MAR2002operation enduring freedom
SEP2001-MAR2002OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM Memory
JAN2002-JAN2003Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2002-JAN2003Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR2003-JUL2003OPERATION IRAQ FREEDOM
JAN2004-JAN2008Mediterranean
SEP2005-MAR2006Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2008-APR2009Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2008-Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 2008 - Atlantic Ocean

CVN-71 General Specifications

Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 104600 tons

Length: 1092 feet

Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne

Draft: 37 ft

Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: over 30 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted