The U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations Nov. 13.
While in 7th Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt participated in Exercise Malabar 15 with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, made a port visit to Singapore and hosted Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Malaysia’s Defense Minister.
Theodore Roosevelt’s entrance into 3rd Fleet marks the final phase of the ship’s eight-and-a-half month deployment before pulling in to its new homeport of San Diego.
Theodore Roosevelt’s change of homeport is part of a three-carrier swap that includes USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS George Washington (CVN 73), which is on her way to her new homeport in Norfolk.
The “Three Presidents Crew”, which will consist of approximately 1.400 sailors from USS Ronald Reagan will serve aboard all three carriers involved in the swap in only a matter of months. Once USS George Washington arrives in San Diego, this crew will disembark from Reagan and transfer to George Washington where they will sail around South America to Norfolk, Virginia. The crew will then fly back to San Diego and become part of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s crew.
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