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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

Add a CVN-71 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-71 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1988 - JUN 1989 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
APR 1992 - MAY 1997 cvn71
MAR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean
MAR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1995 - SEP 1995 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1996 - JUN 1997 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1999 - SEP 1999 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 2001 - MAR 2002 OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM ,Memory
JAN 2002 - JAN 2003 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2002 - JAN 2003 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 2003 - JUL 2003 OPERATION IRAQ FREEDOM
JAN 2004 - JAN 2008 Mediterranean
SEP 2008 - APR 2009 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 2008 - Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 2008 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 2009 - DEC 2011 Dry Dock

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