Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt — also known by crewmembers as “the Big Stick” — docked at Apra Harbor today accompanied by its carrier strike group and a full crew.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt, also referred to as TR within the Navy, was first launched in 1984 and first saw action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Acting Governor Josh Tenorio on NewsTalk K-57 this morning said among the crew members are 20 native Guamanians whose families gathered at Naval Base Guam this morning to welcome their loved ones who they haven’t seen in years.
“It’s unbelievable, I didn’t believe that I was coming home. Guam was our first port call on this deployment so I was just really happy to be home,” Guamanian crew member Martina Camacho said
Another Guamanian crew member, Jolyn San Nicolas, said: “It’s great to see family. Great to see the island and, of course, eat the great food and meet the people again.”
The USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego for a scheduled Indo-Pacific deployment last Jan. 17 with more than 6,000 Sailors to provide maritime security and maintain freedom of the seas in accordance with international law and customs.
According to the USS Theodore Roosevelt public information officer Julie Holland, their schedule is always in flux: “So when we found out a couple of weeks ago that we were coming to Guam, we started planning for the port visit because it does take some time to set up logistics and everything that’s necessary for us to go port side.”
The USS Theodore Roosevelt along with its Carrier Strike Group will be on island throughout the weekend before heading out and continuing their mission throughout the Pacific.