USS Theodore Roosevelt heads to Bremerton after back-to-back deployments

Two F / A-18 Super Hornets, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on April 29, 2021. US Navy photo

USS aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is moving home from San Diego, Calif., To Bremerton, Wash., For a period of overdue dry-dock maintenance after back-to-back deployments to the western Pacific, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday.

The approximately 3,000 sailors and their families will move to Bremerton in July while Theodore Roosevelt will pull into the Puget Sound Shipyard for Planned Incremental Mooring Availability (DPIA) later this year.

“The DPIA is scheduled to begin in September and will include a system modernization to accommodate the mission capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II, as well as upgrades to the Ship’s Self-Defense System (SSDS), consolidated afloat networks and company services (CANES) and the 25mm Mk 38 machine gun, as well as the refurbishment and preservation of the hull, rudder, propulsion shaft, anchor and 25 mooring places of the ship, ”the Pacific Fleet statement read.

TR returned from a nearly five-month deployment in May that followed a 2020 deployment interrupted by a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier.

The carrier’s last scheduled incremental availability ended in December 2018, according to USNI News’ carrier deployment database.

Theodore Roosevelt and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) both deployed without a significant maintenance window for the so-called double-pump deployments, as the Navy struggled to deliver aircraft carrier strike groups ready after 20 years of intensive deployments in the Middle East and the continued maintenance delays in the carrier force.

In the US 5th Fleet, Ike began its return trip to Norfolk, Va., for its own scheduled maintenance period. The strike group is expected to return to the east coast in July.

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