The men and women aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) welcomed five members of the U.S. House of Representatives to observe underway operations and meet with Sailors while at sea, June 12-13.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize congressional members and staff with aircraft carrier operations and capabilities as well as creating a better understanding of Navy programs.
The group of delegates included U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann, William Flores, Kerry Bentivolio, Doug LaMalfa and Rob Woodall.
During the visit, Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, met with the group to discuss day to day operations of the CSG and an aircraft carrier, as well as, what it takes to manage flight operations underway.
The delegation flew aboard TR on a carrier onboard delivery aircraft, receiving a certificate commemorating their tail-hook landing. Once aboard, the delegation visited several areas around the ship, such as the bridge, foc’sle and carrier air traffic control center. They also observed day and night flight operations.
The delegation departed TR after seeing first-hand the ship’s capabilities as her crew trains to conduct future deployments.