US Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group enters 7th Fleet area of operations

Sailors and marines aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) man the rails as the ship departs its homeport of San Diego, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo: US Navy

Guided missile cruisers and destroyers centered around Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) entered the US Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO) on October 23.

While there, USS Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier strike group will carry out maritime security operations, theater security cooperation, and port visits as part of the US Navy’s presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to Theodore Roosevelt, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 is made up of the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Sampson (DDG 102).

“Entering 7th Fleet is an exciting opportunity to integrate with other U.S. Navy units in the AOO, as well as operate with our partners and allies in the region,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine. “We look forward to continued partnerships that lead to mutual security and common views about operating at sea.”

Roosevelt left its homeport of San Diego, California, Oct. 6, for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the US 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. Roosevelt’s last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2015 during the ship’s homeport shift from Norfolk, Va.

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