The USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled back into Apra Harbor Wednesday morning and is expected to pick up any work-ready sailors who’ve recovered from COVID-19.
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is back on Guam after cruising in the Philippine Sea over the past two weeks to get back to mission-readiness.
The Roosevelt and its Carrier Air Wing 11 completed their qualification training yesterday. According to the Navy, this was the last milestone for it to return to being a ready, credible naval asset.
When the TR left Guam, it took about 3,000 of its crew members, leaving behind around 1800 sailors, either in isolation on the Naval Base if they were COVID-positive or in quarantine in hotels.
Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral John Menoni had said the Roosevelt would be returning to pick up the sailors who have recovered and reached ready-to-work status.
In a statement to PNC News, Lieutenant Rachel McMarr with Pacific Fleet Public Affairs in Honolulu said sailors who do not meet the return-to-work criteria and need additional time ashore to recover, will remain in isolation on Naval Base Guam.
Once recovered, they will be airlifted either onboard the carrier or back to their final duty station if the TR is already out on mission.
Navy officials would not comment on how many sailors out of 1800 would be reboarding the ship or how long the TR plans to stay in Apra Harbor.