USS Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Coronado After Successful Deployment

USS Theodore Roosevelt returns to its home at Naval Air Station North Island May 7th.

Thousands of family and friends waited anxiously to welcome home their loved ones aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) after completing her seven month deployment May 7.  With Sailors manning the rails in their white uniforms as they pulled into San Diego Bay, Roosevelt was greeted with cheers from the crowd as she pulled pier-side.

Welcome home USS Theodore Roosevelt
Families line the streets outside the pier as they wait for their loved-ones to return.

Roosevelt left on deployment Oct. 6 and spent the majority of their time supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel, providing forward presence and maintaining security of the seas in U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

Sailing more than 56,000 miles, and conducting port calls in four different countries, the Roosevelt crew remained extremely busy while at sea.

180502-N-XC372-1392 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 2, 2018) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is currently deployed in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony J. Rivera/Released)

“Over the past seven months, the 6,000 Sailors and Marines of the TR Carrier Strike Group have performed superbly in every mission and in every task that was asked of them,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. “This team has embraced a culture of excellence that comes directly from their routine professional approach to everything they do. They continue to exceed expectations and set a phenomenal standard for all to emulate. I could not be more proud of them or more honored to serve with them, and it’s great to be home with the family and friends that enabled them to serve so well.”

The ships Commanding Officer, Capt. Carlos Sardiello, said, “What Rough Riders have accomplished during this deployment was truly inspirational. Earning the privilege to be called the best one day at a time; every Sailor and Marine made what is very difficult look easy. We are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that was exhibited as well as the sacrifices of the families. We are looking forward to heartfelt reunions with loved ones, upon our return.”

Aircrew from Helicopter Maritime Strike squadron 73 flew home to Naval Air Station North Island May 6 to reunite with their families after deployment.

According to the Navy, approximately 70 aircraft from the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 flew 8,319 hours and 1,164 combat flights and conducted counterterrorism operations in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Two of those squadrons flew off the ship yesterday, May 6, returning home to greet their families a day early. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 gave Coronado residents a treat as they flew back to North Island in formation.

The Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the 2017 Battle Efficiency “E” award as well as the the Jackie G. Brown Fleet Logistics Excellence award.

A Sailor from HSM 73 reunites with his daughter.

“This is just another way our Sailors have shown their top standing and ability to compete amongst the fleet’s best aircraft carriers,” said Theodore Roosevelt Command Master Chief Andrew Frederick. “Going into our maintenance period, I’m confident that we will come out an even better fighting force than we were during this deployment. I know that our Sailors and Marines feel excited to return home and finally reunite with their families.”

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Jeannie is a recently retired Naval Officer whose first duty station brought her to Coronado in 1998.  A Navy Helicopter Pilot for 10 years and a Public Affairs Officer for 11 years, the Navy afforded her many incredible opportunities to serve her country in unique ways while seeing the world.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com