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The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is the fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The contract was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company on September 30, 1980. The keel was laid down on October 31, 1981, with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger initiating the first weld. On November 3, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman announced that the carrier would be named for the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

She was the first aircraft carrier to be assembled in large sections, or modules. The process started with the ship in pieces, much like a plastic model. The pieces were pre-staged in "lay-down" areas, assembled into large modules, hoisted into place, and welded together. Many of the larger systems were installed in the modules while they were still in the lay-down areas. This reduced the need for cutting and rewelding access passages. Modular construction, made possible through the use of a huge gantry crane capable of lifting 900 tons, cut 16 months off TR's construction time. The innovative construction techniques employed in Theodore Roosevelt have been used on every aircraft carrier since.

October 27, 1984 The Pre-Commissioning Unit Theodore Roosevelt was officially christened. Mrs. Barbara Lehman, the wife of SECNAV John F. Lehman, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Paul W. Parcells is the prospective commanding officer.

October 25, 1986 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) was commissioned during a ceremony at Outfitting Berth #1, Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

November 3, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier departed Newport News for flight deck certification off the coast of Virginia. At 1300, an C-1A from VRC-40 become the first aircraft to make an arrested landing on the Theodore Roosevelt.

November 4, An A-7E Corsair II from Navy Air Test Center (NATC) Patuxent River, Maryland, was the first fixed wing aircraft launched from the deck of TR.

November 17, USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time.

From Dec. 7-19, the Roosevelt was underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area for Weapons System Ship Qualification Trials (WSSQT).

December 23, Vice Adm. Richard M. Dunleavy relieved Vice Adm. Robert F. Dunn as Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 71 at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12.

Janaury 4, 1987 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a six-week Shakedown Cruise in the Guantanamo Bay OPAREA.

January 12, An SH-3H, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11, ditched in sea off the coast of Florida after experiencing mechanical difficulties. Crew members rescued safely.

January 28, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off the coast of New Providence island in The Bahamas for a five-day visit to Nassau.

From March 2-12, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

March 14, CVN 71 departed homeport for it's first Dependent's Day Cruise with 8,000 friends and family members.

March 30, USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Newport News Shipbuilding for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

After conduting sea trials from July 27-29, the TR was underway for Shock Trials Practice from Aug. 4-14. Underway for shock trials from Aug. 31- Sept. 4; and Sept. 8-21.

September 9, An SH-60F, piloted by Lt. Jeff Miller, from NATC Patuxent River made its first landing on a carrier at sea.

October 3, Capt. Dayton W. Ritt relieved Capt. Paul W. Parcells as CO of the Roosevelt.

From October 6-15, the Theodore Roosevelt was underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area for Fleet Carrier Qualifications. Underway again for FCQ in the Virgina Capes Op. Area from February 23 through March 3, 1988.

March 13, Airman E3 Ronald E. Krauss, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, was killed by C-2 propeller during flight operations.

April 7, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Station Norfolk after two-day Tiger Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The ship was underway for four weeks, conducting CQ and Shakedown operations in the Jacksonville and Guantanamo Bay OPAREAs. Underway again for FCQ in the Virgina Capes Op. Area from April 18-24.

From May 23 through June 28, the TR was underway for Advance Phase Training in the Virginia Capes, Jacksonville and Caribbean Operating Areas. On May 30, the Airman Apprentice William H. Berry, III was lost at sea after blown overboard by an A-6 Intruder during flight operations, 163 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Fla. Port visit to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from June 17-19.

July 6, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) in Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for Fleet CQ from July 20-24 and Aug. 15-18.

August 25, The Roosevelt departed homeport, for the first time with its Battle Group, to participate in NATO Exercise Teamwork '88, in northern Atlantic Ocean. Entered the Festfjord, Norway, on Sept. 14.

September 25, CVN 71 arrived in Wilhelmshaven, Federal Republic of Germany, for a four-day port call. Returned home on Oct. 11.

From Nov. 7-18, the aircraft carrier was underway in the Puerto Rican Op. Area for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 1-89.

December 30, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment. It is also the maiden deployment of the first 10-squadron Air Wing, CVW-8.

January 15, 1989 USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle group relieved USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG as Commander, Task Force (TF) 60, in the Mediterranean Sea.

January 24, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long port call.

February 10, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Marseille, France, for a six-day port visit. Unexpected Mistral winds forced emergency sortie on 14th. Returned on 16th to pick up the crewmembers and departed on Feb. 17.

February 24, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, for a three-day port call. Port visit to Antalya, Turkey, from March 3-10.

March 15, USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Naples, Italy, for a five-day port visit; Anchored in Tangier Harbour on March 25, for a two-day visit to Morocco; Anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily, from March 29-31; Anchored off Toulon, France, from April 3-10. Anchored off Monaco, France, from April 14-17. During the transit to Monaco, on April 13, aircraft from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 9 rescued fifteen British yachtsmen from four sailboats foudering in hurricane-like seas.

April 25, CVN 71 pulled again in Augusta Bay for a brief port call. The TR is currently participating in NATO exercise Dragon Hammer, April 20- May 2.

May 4, USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored off the coast of Haifa, Israel, for a five-day port call. Anchored again on May 12, for a four-day visit before participating in exercise Juniper Stallion, May 18-20. Port visit to Palma de Mallorca from May 24 through June 3.

June 8, The TR pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a two-day port call after participating in exercise Sardinia '89, from June 4-7, with units from Italy, France and Spain.

June 15, The Theodore Roosevelt conducted turnover with USS Coral Sea (CV 43). Participated in National Week 89B exercise from June 10-18.

June 30, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

July 31, The fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a three-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

November 24, CVN 71 departed NNSY for a two-day sea trials. Underway for Fleet Carrier Qualifications in VACAPES Op. Area, from December 6-13.

January 24, 1990 USS Theodore Roosevelt underway again for Fleet Carrier Qualifications in the Vrginia Capes Op. Area; FCQ also from Feb. 22-28, March 9-16 and April 24-30.

May 4, Vice Adm. Michael P. Kalleres relieved Vice Adm. Jerome L. Johnson as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the TR.

May 9, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a Refresher Training (REFTRA). Port visit to Port Everglades, Fla., from May 18-22.

June 9, Capt. Charles S. Abbot relieved Capt. Dayton W. Ritt as CO of the Roosevelt during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

June 16, The Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

From June 20 through July 27, the aircraft carrier was underway in the Puerto Rican OPAREA for Advanced Phase Training (APT). Port visits to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, from July 2-6; and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

September 25, CVN 71 departed Norfolk for a week-long underway to conduct Fleet Carrier Qualifications.

October 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale to participate in Broward County Navy Days celebration. Returned home on Oct. 19 after FCQ. Underway for FLEETEX 1-91, from Oct. 31 through Nov. 19.

December 28, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield.

December 31, An EA-6B, assigned to Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 141, went into water after an arresting gear cable parted when the aircraft was attempting to land. Crewmembers rescued.

January 14, 1991 The Theodore Roosevelt entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal.

January 19, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Desert Storm, from station in the Arabian Gulf.

January 24, An F/A-18C, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, was lost at sea due to engine failure/loss of control. Lt. H. E. Overs ejected safely.

February 2, An A-6, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 36, was lost on a combat mission over Faylaka Island. Lt. Cmdr. Barry T. Cook and Lt. Patrick Kelly were killed.

February 5, An F/A-18C, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, crashed in North Arabian Gulf after returning from a combat mission. Lt. Robert J. Dwyer was lost at sea.

In the night of Feb. 20, John Bridget, a Greenshirt, worked on the flight deck and helped to prepare the jets for takeoff. He was at the catapult where an A-6 Intruder stood ready for takeoff and he was too tired to notice that he was too close to the plane and suddenly he was sucked into the plane's turbine. The other people noticed the accident only when a jet of flame ran out of the plane's tail. The takeoff was then broken off but nobody really knew what to do. One moment later John Bridget crawl out of the turbine and collapsed on the flight deck. His only injuries were some scratches. He survived because of his protective suit which destroyed and stopped the turbine.

March 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day R&R after 75 days at sea. Anchored off Bahrain Bell on 21st.

On April 1, the Theodore Roosevelt transited the Strait of Bab El Mandeb and began a three-week operation in the Red Sea.

April 21, CVN 71 arrived on station northeast of Cyprus and commenced photo reconnaissance and tactical air cover missions over northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort, after Iraqi forces turned on the Kurds.

May 25, The TR anchored off Haifa, Israel, for a five-day port visit. From June 2-7 visited Rhodes, Greece. Turnover with USS Forrestal (CV 59) on June 14.

June 28, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk after a three-day Tiger Cruise from Bermuda, completing the six-month combat deployment. Aircraft from CVW-8 flew 3,897 sorties and dropped 4,843,233 pounds of ordnance in support of ODS, before the cease-fire on Feb. 28.

August 6, Vice Adm. Antony A. Less relieved Vice Adm. J. K. Ready as Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Roosevelt.

August 12, Capt. Charles W. Moore, Jr., relieved Capt. William J. Fallon as commanding officer of CVW-8 during a ceremony aboard the CVN 71.

August 19, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a six-day Fleet Carrier Qualifications in the Virginia Capes OPAREA.

September 13, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port visit. Returned to Norfolk on Sept. 20.

September 21, The fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Dependent's Day Crise.

October 1, USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a six-month Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

After sea trials from May 15-17, 1992, the TR was underway from May 20-27 for FRS/CVW-8 CQ off the coast of Virginia; Underway for CSSQT from June 8-25; Port visit to St. Thomas from June 18-22; Underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from July 17-21.

July 25, The Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

From August 6-22, the TR was underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) and ORSE in VACAPES Area of Operation.

August 27, Capt. Stanley W. Bryant relieved Capt. Charles S. Abbot as CO of CVN 71.

October 6, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for FRS/CVW-8 CQ. Port visit to Ft. Lauderdale from Oct. 13-19 for Broward County Navy Days.

November 12, The Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 2-93.

November 26, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. Thomas. Returned home on Dec. 8.

From Dec. 14-18, the Roosevelt was underway for initial phase of integration of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF).

January 14, 1993 USS Theodore Roosevelt underway for a two-week integraion of SPMAGTF into the CVN 71/CVW-8 team. Underway for the secondary phase of integration from Feb. 2-11, to test the concept of embarking a multi-purpose Marine force in a carrier.

March 11, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for its third deployment.

March 25, The Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group relieved USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG and commenced its support for Operation Provide Promise in the Adriatic Sea.

March 26, An E-2C, assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, crashed into Ionian Sea, about a mile from the carrier, shortly after "waved off" from a landing attempt on the TR, due to a "foul deck". All five crewmembers were lost at sea.

April 12, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 launched its first sorties in support of Operation Deny Flight.

May 28, USS Theodore Rosevelt anchored of the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a five-day port visit after 78 days at sea.

On June 26, the TR departed Adriatic Sea en route to Marseille, France. On 27th the ship recieved orders to enter Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch. Commenced flight operations on July 1.

On July 12, a loadmaster for C-2E was blown overboard and lost at sea. CVN 71 returned to Mediterranean on July 15.

July 18, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Naples, Italy, for an eight-day port call. Returned to Adratic Sea in late July. Port visit to Corfu, Greece, from Aug. 6-11; Turnover with US America (CV 66) on Aug. 26.

September 8, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home after deployed for 184 days; 169 days underway.

Underway from Oct. 18-21, off the coast of Virginia, to conduct ammo off-load with USS Nitro (AE 23) and CVW-8 Carrier Qualifications.

October 23, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Norfolk for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

November 19, CVN 71 arrived at Pier 5 in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

April 14, 1994 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed NNSY for a week-long sea trials.

From May 17-27, the TR was underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) IV and ammunition onload. Underway for TSTA I from June 21-29.

July 8, Capt. Ronald L. Christenson relieved Capt. Stanley W. Bryant as commanding officer of the Theodore Roosevelt. Underway for TSTA II from July 19-28.

August 17, The Theodore Roosevelt returned to homeport after an 18-day underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).

From Nov. 2 through Dec. 15, CVN 71 was underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III and COMPTUEX. Port visit to St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, from Nov. 22-25.

January 21, 1995 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a two-week Joint Forces Exercise (JTFEX) 95-2.

March 22, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

April 5, The TR BG conducted turnover with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group. Port visit to Haifa, Israel, from April 10-13.

From April 14-26, the Roosevelt operated in the Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch.

May 2, USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day visit to Dubai. Returned to Mediterranean Sea on May 20.

From May 26 through June 4, the aircraft carrier conducted flight operations in support of Operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard over the skies of Bosnia, while on station in the Adriatic Sea.

June 5, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a four-day visit. Port call to Rhodes, Greece, from July 2-7; and Trieste, Italy, from July 24-29.

August 16, USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored again off Haifa, Israel, for a six-day port visit before participating in exercise Infinite Moonlight.

On August 30, the Operation Deny Flight evolved into Operation Deliberete Force, as aircraft from CVW-8 led NATO strikes against strategic Bosnian Serb targets. Turnover with USS America in Adriatic Sea from Sep. 9-12.

September 22, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

October 28, CVN 71 departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

November 9, The Theodore Roosevelt entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 19, 1996 The fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Portsmouth, Va., for a six-day sea trials.

April 12, Capt. Matthew G. Moffit relieved Capt. Thomas E. Zelibor as CO of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 during a ceremony aboard the TR.

April 15, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 17-day Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II.

May 31, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off the coast of Halifax, Canada, for a four-day port visit. Underway again for TSTA IV on July 9.

July 31, CVN 71 departed Norfolk for a seven-week underway period to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III/FEP and COMPTUEX.

August 9, An F/A-18C, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, crashed at sea. Lt. Craig M. Munsen was killed.

August 18, The TR anchored off the coast of St. Maarten, Netherlands Antiles, for a three-day visit. Port visit to Ft. Lauderdale,Fla., on Sept. 7.

October 9, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for a 16-day Joint Training Fleet Exercise (JTFEX).

October 14, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) crashed into USS Theodore Roosevelt off the coast of North Carolina. The collision ripped open the front of the Leyte Gulf and caused $9 million in damage to the rear of TR.

November 1, Capt. David Architzel relieved Rear Adm. Ronald L. Christenson as CO of the CVN 71.

November 25, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for its fifth deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch.

December 8, USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group conducted turnover with USS Enterprise BG.

December 12, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Cartagena, Spain, for a four-day port call. Anchored off Canes, France, from Dec. 24-26.

December 31, The Roosevelt anchored off Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit to celebrate the New Year.

February 4, 1997 An S-3B Viking, assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 22, crashed approx. 87 miles west of Haifa, Israel, around 6 p.m. local time, while on a routine training exercise, 47 miles from the Theodore Roosevelt. Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Ehlers, Lt. Mark J. Eyre, Lt. Mike Weems and AW3 Wendy L. Potter were lost at sea.

May 22, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

On July 8, CVN 71 entered the Newport News Shipbuilding yard for a one-year Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA), its first major overhaul since commissioning.

September 22, 1998 Capt. David R. Bryant relieved Capt. David Architzel as the 7th CO of the Roosevelt.

March 26, 1999 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for a surge deployment.

April 6, The Battle Group arrived on station in the Ionian Sea to support NATO's Operation Noble Anvil.

May 7, The Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a five-day port visit.

During Operation Noble Anvil(Allied Force), Between April 6 and June 9, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 flew 4,270 sorties, of which 3,055 were combat and delivered 800 tons of ordnance on targets throughout the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. These sorties involved essential combat support missions, such as close air support, battlefield airborne interdiction, electronic support and airborne battlefield command and control, as well as strike missions.

June 14, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for an eight-day R&R. Port visit to Cannes, France, from June 29 through July 5.

July 15, The Theodore Roosevelt entered the Arabian Gulf in support Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the "no-fly" zone over Southern Iraq.

July 24, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a three-day visit to Manama.

September 4, The TR anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a six-day port visit. Aircraft from CVW-8 flew more than 1,000 sorties in support of OSW and delivered 55 weapons on tragets in Iraq.

September 24, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk after a six-month combat deployment.

October 30, The Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

January 7, 2000 USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

June 10, 2001 CVN 71 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Puerto Rican OPAREA.

September 19, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for its seventh deployment, with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Feb. 19, 2002 the Theodore Roosevelt broke the record of 152 consecutive days at sea, set by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in 1980.

February 27, CVN 71 anchored off Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a port visit to Manama after a record 161 days at sea.

On the morning of March 13, the Egyptian navy reported finding a body of Lt. Joseph Irvin in the water near Port Said Lighthouse, that was reported missing from the USS Theodore Roosevelt on March 8. Irvin, temporarily assigned to CVN 71, was a crewmember of USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). At the time of the incident, the carrier was transiting the Mediterranean Sea on its way back to Norfolk.

March 27, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

In May, the Theodore Roosevelt entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a five-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

September 25, Rear Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., relieved Rear Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff as Commander, Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Battle Group and Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the TR.

November 1, CVN 71 departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for sea trials. Underway for flight deck certification with the CVW-1 from Nov. 9-17; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) in early December.

January 6, 2003 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for TSTA III, Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

On January 21, after various reports in the media indicated that a deployment had been ordered, the Navy confirmed that the CVN 71 Battle Group was to deploy as soon as the Battle Group had been certified.

January 26, An F-14D, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, crashed around 4.30. p.m. while trapping on board, while the carrier was underway about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. Both the pilot and RIO ejected safely and were rescued 15 minutes later.

February 4, USS Theodore Roosevelt BG successfully completed COMPTUEX and have been certified ready to deploy from the Puerto Rican Op. Area today in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and other contingencies if required; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Feb. 12.

March 2, USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a four-day port call.

March 23, Aircraft from Carier Air Wing (CVW) 8 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, around 1.45. a.m. local, from station in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

March 25, The Navy spokesmen announced that aircraft flying missions from Theodore Roosevelt were to begin shifting from carefully planned bombing strikes against priority Iraqi military targets, to more directly supporting allied troops locked in battle with Iraqi forces on the ground.

USS Theodore Roosevelt continued to operate as the "night carrier." In order to adjust to what pilots referred to as their "Vampire" sorties, the Tomcat aircrew of VF-213 coined the phrase "living after midnight, bombing till dawn." These aerial missions into Iraq typically required up to five to six hours of flight time, including at least one or more rendezvous’ with orbiting airborne tankers.

April 6, Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller Technical Sergeant Todd Gannon, USAF, of Operational Detachment Alpha 392, directed a pair of F-14D Tomcats, from VF-213, against a pack of Iraqi tanks firing from the south. One of the Tomcats made a bombing run against the Iraqis, but the jet missed its intended targets and accidentally bombed allies while they re-grouped around a disabled T-55 tank. The bomb exploded in the midst of the Kurds, killing 17 of the warriors and injuring another 45, including Commander Wajih Barzani of the Peshmerga’s special operations forces and brother of Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party.

April 19, The Theodore Roosevelt anchored off the coast Koper, Slovenia, for a five-day port visit.

April 30, A milestone was reached when TR launched its 100,000th aircraft, assigned to the "Shadowhawks" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 141.

May 11, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off Cartagena, Spain, for a week-long port visit.

May 19, Capt. David Newland, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F-14D assigned to the "Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213.

May 29, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly five-month underway period, traveling 43,000 n.m. Aircraft CVW-8 flew more than 6,500 sorties, including 1,003 combat sorties, and dropped over 1 million pounds of ordnance during deployment.

June 25, Capt. Johnny L. Green relieved Capt. Richard J. O'Hanlon as CO of the CVN 71 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

July 24, The Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a two-day Tiger Cruise.

From August 13-21, the aircraft carrier was underway for CVW-8/TRACOM CQ in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville Op. Areas.

August 23, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway again for Carrier Qualifications and a Sustainment Operations from Sept. 9-20.

October 3, Adm. William J. Fallon relieved Adm. Robert J. Natter as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Roosevelt at Naval Station Norfolk.

October 31, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for FRS-CQ and ammo off-load with the USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).

February 19, 2004 USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Newport News Shipyard for a 10-month Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). Undocked and moored at Pier 5 in NNSY on Aug. 11; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 11-15.

January 12, 2005 The Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a nine-day underway to conduct flight deck certification.

January 15, The "Big Stick" responded to a call to assist three men stranded on their sailboat approximately 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The men, all from Ottawa, Canada, set sail on Jan. 12 from Moorhead City, N.C., headed for St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. They were flown back to aircraft carrier and taken to medical for evaluation.

February 18, Adm. John B. Nethman relieved Adm. William J. Fallon as Commander, Fleet Forces Command, in a ceremony held aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

March 10, CVN 71 recently completed its Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment and is currently underway for Carrier Qualification (CQ), off the coast of North Carolina; Conducted ammunition onload with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) from March 12-13; Underway for a Tailored Ship Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) from March 22- April 13.

May 18, The Theodore Roosevelt is currently underway for routine carrier qualifications.

June 9, Capt. J.R. Haley relieved Capt. "Turk" Green, as commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

June 23, The "Big Stick" is currently underway for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

July 4, USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Port Everglades, Fla., for a port visit to celebrate the Independence Day. Inport Port Everglades from July 5-8.

July 14, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for an eight-day for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). More than 15,000 service members from four countries are participating in JTFEX 05-2, Operation Brewing Storm. The Spanish frigate SPS Alvaro de Bazan (F 101) will serve as a TR CSG ship during this exercise and the CSG's subsequent deployment. This marks the first time a European vessel has deployed as part of a U.S. CSG with this level of integration by participating in pre-deployment training and operating as a true strike group unit.

July 26, CVN 71 is currently underway for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE).

August 1, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, USAF, relieved Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., as Commander, Joint Forces Command, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the TR.

September 1, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

September 12, The Theodore Roosevelt CSG entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar. Anchored off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from Sept. 13-17.

September 17, Two EA-6B Prowlers and 62 sailors of VAQ-141 detached from the carrier to deploy for three weeks to Al Asad, Iraq.

September 19, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on Sept. 27.

October 2, USS Theodore Roosevelt transited Bab el-Mandeb southbound and commenced flight operations at the Godoria Range near Djibouti. Launced its first sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) on Oct. 6.

October 19, Tomcats, assigned to Fighter Squafron (VF) 31, bombed a known Iraqi facility where insurgents manufactured improvised explosive devices (IEDs), northeast of Baghdad.

October 24, The port nose wheel of an An C-2A Greyhound, assigned to VRC-40 Det. 1, failed in a catastrophic explosion, showering the area with fragments that injured a servicemember from VAW-124. The sailor suffered a compound facture to the left leg and a fracture to the right leg, prompting his evacuation for additional medical treatment in Kuwait.

November 14, Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 continued support of Operation Steel Curtain throughout the second week of November, conducting five consecutive days of strikes against terrorist targets in support of coalition troops in Iraq. OSC is an offensive aimed at preventing cells of Al Qaeda from entering Iraq through the Syrian border. Since Nov. 6, CVW 8 has flown nearly 400 sorties in support of Steel Curtain. Coalition ground forces consisting of 1,000 Iraqi Army Soldiers and 2,500 U.S. Marines began the offensive on Nov. 4 near the town of Husaybah near the Iraq/Syria border.

December 18, Helicopter and boat crews from the Theodore Roosevelt rescued an 18-year old female Sailor after she fell overboard, at approximately 2:15 a.m., while the ship was conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.

December 28, CVN 71 departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a liberty port visit. Five F/A-18C Hornets and about 50 sailors of VFA-15 and VFA-87 detached recently from the carrier and flew ashore to Al Asad.

January 22, 2006 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled again into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a liberty port visit to Dubai.

February 8, A chapter in naval aviation history drew to a close aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt with the last recovery of an F-14 Tomcat from a combat mission. Piloted by Capt. William G. Sizemore II, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Fighter Squadron (VF) 213’s aircraft 204 was trapped at 12:35 a.m. and marked one of the final stages of the Navy’s transition from the F-14 to F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. Lt. Bill Frank, a VF-31 pilot, also took part in the last mission, and is credited with being the last pilot to ever drop a bomb from an F-14 Tomcat. During their final deployment with TR, VF-31 and 213 collectively completed 1,163 combat sorties totaling 6,876 flight hours, and dropped 9,500 pounds of ordnance during reconnaissance, surveillance, and close air support missions in support of OIF. VF-213 pilots who are making the transition to the Super Hornet will begin F/A-18F training in April, and the squadron will be operational, or "safe for flight," in September. VF-31 pilots who are making the transition will begin F/A-18E training in October, and the squadron will be safe for flight in April 2007. This will make VF-31 the last official Tomcat squadron in the Navy.

February 15, The Theodore Roosevelt and San Jacinto (CG 56) transited the Suez Canal northbound as they continue their return trip home. However, detachments from VAQ-141, VFA-87, and VFA-15, remain in the 5th Fleet AoR in support of OIF and will rejoin the TR later this month. Aircraft from CVW-8 launched more than 5,500 sorties, totaling more than 21,000 flight hours.

February 16, USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Marmaris, Turkey, for a five-day port visit. Inport Souda Bay, Crete, from Feb. 22-2?; Transited Strait of Gibraltar on March 3.

March 10, An F-14D "Tomcat" number 201 assigned to VF-213 "Black Lions", piloted by Lt. Ken Hockycko and Lt. Roy Emanuel, last departed CVN 71, marking the final launch of an F-14 fighter during an operational deployment.

March 11, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 flew exactly 10,000 sorties and logged nearly 30,750 mishap-free flight hours. Of these, 3,300 flight hours were flown over Iraq delivering 52 bombs and air-to-ground missiles in support of coalition troops on the ground in the vicinity of Al Hillah, Al Mansuriyah, Baquba, Basrah, Kirkuk, Madain, Mosul, and Tall Afar.

April 22, CVN 71 is currently underway of the East Coast maintaining qualifications as part of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP).

May 10, The Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for Carrier Qualifications (CQ).

June 7, Rear Adm. Michael Vitale assumed the position of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Theodore Roosevelt. The ship is currently underway maintaining qualifications as part of the FRP.

July 21, More than 16,000 service members from five countries will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 "Operation Bold Step," from July 21-31. JTFEX 06-2 serves as the forward-certifying event for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, and sustainment training for units from USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and USS Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group.

July 28, An F-14D "Tomcat" number 112, assigned to VF-31 "Tomccaters" and piloted by Lt. Blake Coleman and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Cmdr. Dave Lauderbaugh, was launched from catapult No. 3 at 4:42 p.m., from the "Big Stick", marking the final launch of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. The last launch marks the end of an era for Naval Aviation. The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet.

August 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for CQ on Aug. 22 or earlier; Underway again from Sept. 20-2? and in mid-October.

October 25, A ceremony honoring the 20th anniversary of the commissioning of the Theodore Roosevelt took place in the ship's hangar bay at Naval Station Norfolk.

November 27, CVN 71 recently departed homeport for carrier qualifications in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway again in mid-December.

January 17, 2007 USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently underway for routine training as part of the fleet response plan. Underway for ammo offload with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) from Feb. 6-10.

March 7, USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). The Navy's fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will undergo more than 90 major modifications, including a JP-5 (fuel system) alteration and installation of a new electronic throttle system in the ship's propulsion plants. The ship also will receive a rolling airframe missile modification for the Close-In Weapons System, and a local area network (LAN) system upgrade.

November 28, The Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly nine-month DPIA.

December 10, The "Big Stick" is currently underway off the coast of Virginia conducting carrier qualifications.

December 15, A ceremony remarking the 100th Anniversary Gala of the Navy's Great White Fleet was held aboard the Theodore Roosevelt in Naval Station Norfolk. Sixteen battleships departed Hampton Roads for a 14-month global voyage to test naval readiness, establish global presence, and generate international goodwill, Dec. 15, 1907. The deployment included 14,000 Sailors and covered 43,000 miles. The participating ships, painted white, later became known as the "Great White Fleet."

December 20, The Roosevelt returned to homeport after a three-day underway for CQ.

January 11, 2008 Capt. C. Ladd Wheeler relieved Capt. J.R. Haley as commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

February 8, The TR returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-week underway for CQ and ammunition onload with the USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34), transferring approximately three million pounds of supplies and ordnance; Underway for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM) CQ in the Jacksonville Op. Area on Feb. 29.

March 9, Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class George Earl Thompson, Jr., assigned to the "Big Stick", died in Shands Trauma Center in Jacksonville, shortly after arrival, from a severe head injury he received when the aircraft carrier encountered heavy seas off the coast of Florida; Returned home on March 11.

March 17, CVN 71 departed Norfolk for a 23-day underway to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP).

March 24, A Sailor, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, fell overboard during flight operations, 66 nautical miles from Mayport, Fla., around 21.30 local time. USS Mason (DDG 87) launched an rigid-hill inflatable boat (RHIB), which rescued the crewmember five minutes later.

April 18, Adm. William J. Fallon retired, after a 41 years of service, in a ceremony abord the Theodore Roosevelt. Fallon's final assignment was commander of U.S. Central Command from March 16, 2007, through March 11, 2008, and was the first naval officer to hold the position, which commands all U.S. forces in the Middle East.

April 24, USS Theodore Roosevelt CSG departed Norfolk for a 22-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

April 26, Capt. Daniel N. Dixon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, completed his 1,000th successful arrested landing aboard the TR.

May 23, CVN 71 completed four days of carrier qualifications for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), qualifying pilots assigned to the "Gladiators" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106. Underway again for FRS Carrier Qualifications (CQ) from June 6-14.

July 22, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Carrier Strike Groups, along with British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (RO 7), the Brazilian Navy frigate Greenhalgh (F46) and the French submarine FS Amethyste (S 605), are currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 "Operation Brimstone", from July 21-31 off the eastern U.S. coast from Virginia to Florida. French Rafale fighter aircraft assigned to the 12th Squadron, and Hawkeye early warning aircraft assigned to the 4th Squadron will conduct CQ and cyclic flight operations with the CVW-8 during the exercise. This marks the first integrated U.S. and French carrier qualifications aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier.

From August 2-8, The TR was underway for routine training and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).

September 8, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

October 3, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, for a four-day port visit, the first by an U.S. aircraft carrier since USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42) in 1967.

October 9, The Theodore Roosevelt and Monterey (CG 61) participated in a one-day theater security cooperation (TSC) exercise, with three South African ships and one French Navy ship, while underway in the Indian Ocean.

October 10, An Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class was blown by jet blast to another parked aircraft, while the carrier was conducting night flight operations, around 10.40 p.m. local, 353 nautical miles from the southern tip of Madagascar. The man sustained open wounds to his face with multiple bone fractures.

October 18, The aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from the station in the North Arabian Sea. Transited Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 14.

November 15, USS Theodore Roosevely pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a three-day port call.

November 19, Cmdr. Daniel "Retch" Buckon relieved Cmdr. Curt "Opie" Seth, as CO of "Tomcatters" of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 during an aeriel change-of-command ceremony.

December 17, Cmdr. David J. Bryson relieved Cmdr. Michael D. McKenna as CO of "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, during an aeriel change-of-command ceremony in the Gulf of Oman.

January 29, 2009 The TR recently departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after another liberty port visit to Dubai.

February 4, The two F/A-18 Hornet pilots, assigned to "Golden Warriors" VFA-87, accidentally touched during flight operations over the Arabian Sea on Feb. 2. The jets safely returned to the Roosevelt. Neither pilot was injured, and both have been removed from flight status while the incident is evaluated.

March 4, Cmdr. Richard "Cheese" McGrath, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Richard "Miggs" Zins as CO of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, during an aeriel change-of-command ceremony in the Gulf of Oman.

March 9, USS Theodore Roosevelt, along with USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719), is currently participating in international naval exercise Aman 2009, off the coast of Pakistan, from March 5-14.

March 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) relieved USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Oman as part of a normal rotation of forces and marked the end of the Roosevelt Strike Group's deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AoO). Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 flew 3,105 combat sorties into Afghanistan and dropped more than 61,000 pounds of ordnance.

April 3, Fireman Amber Latricia Winbourne died from sudden cardiac arrest, while the TR was underway in the English Channel.

April 4, CVN 71 anchored off the coast of Portsmouth, England, for a four-day port visit after providing air cover for U.S. President Barack Obama’s first official visit to the United Kingdom during the G20 Summit.

April 18, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to homeport after more than a seven-month deployment.

May 19, The Theodore Roosevelt is currently underway for ammunition offload with the USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

May 30, The "Big Stick" departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

August 26, U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a $2.4 billion contract for a major overhaul of USS Theodore Roosevelt. The work includes the re-fueling of the ship's reactors, as well as extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of systems. In addition, major upgrades will be made to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the carrier's "island."

August 29, USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Newport News Shipyard for a 36-month Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

July 28, 2010 Capt. William J. Hart relieved Capt. C. Ladd Wheeler as CO of the CVN 71 during a change-of-command ceremony at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va.

October 8, Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant milestone on the TR with the installation of the 010 level of the ship's island.

December 5, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding completed another milestone with the installation of the ship's propulsion shafting and propeller installation.

February 24, 2011 NGSB completed a significant work performance milestone on the USS Theodore Roosevelt with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast.

May 21, CVN 71 moved to a pier side location at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding after a 20-month dry dock period.

February 28, 2013 Capt. Daniel C. Grieco relieved Capt. William J. Hart as CO of the Theodore Roosevelt during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Newport News, Va.

August 25, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Newport News shipyard for sea trials after an extended 48-month RCOH. Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 29.

September 11, The TR departed Norfolk for a nine-day underway to conduct flight deck certification and carrier qualifications with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1. The Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 204, stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, conducted CQ from Sept. 16-20. This was the first time that "River Rattlers" conducted flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier in 10 years.

October 22, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed homeport for an 11-day underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM CQ.

November 8, CVN 71 departed Naval Station Norfolk for an 11-day underway to conduct testing with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) and F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, in the VACAPES Op. Area.

December 3, An E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to "Tiger Tails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, conducted flight operations for the first time aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The aircraft carrier recently departed Norfolk for Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-1 and Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM); Returned home on Dec. 15.

January 15, 2014 USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a three-week underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM CQ and engineering training; Underway for sea trials after a two-month Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) from April 8-11; Underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ and ammo onload with the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) from April 28- May 9; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) from May 19-24.

June 2, The Theodore Roosevelt departed Naval Station Norfolk for an 11-day underway to conduct Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Preps. and FRS/TRACOM CQ; Underway for INSURV assessment from June 24-25; Underway for FRS Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and Group Sail on July 10; Conducted ammo onload with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on July 16; Returned home on July 17.

August 16, USS Theodore Roosevelt departed Norfolk for a 10-day underway to conduct first cooperative launch and recovery operations with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) and F/A-18 Hornets and to conduct TRACOM CQ; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 27; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) with the CVW-1 on Sept. 18.

September 29, The TR assisted Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) vessel 38 in the rescue of the two fishermen early morning, after a fire destroyer their boat, about 90 miles off the coast of Florida; Returned to Norfolk on Oct. 10; Held an "Open House" on Oct. 18; Underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ on Oct. 27.

October 29, The first MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the "Argonauts" of Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22, landed on board the Theodore Roosevelt.

November 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a 16-day underway in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville Op. Areas.