US Navy Carrier Strike Group 12 deploys on world cruise
Reinforcing its role as ‘global policeman’ a majornaval task force has left the US on a global deployment. Led by the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 12 has deployed on a round-the-world cruise that will take-in working with vessels from the US Navy’s 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, the 5thFleet in the Middle East and units of the 7th Fleet in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan and Guam, as well as ships from friendly foreign navies. Theodore Roosevelt left her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia on 11 March, two days behind schedule due to a ‘sea creature’ clogging a seawater intake pipe!
The aircraft carrier is accompanied by the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the three Arliegh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81).
Theodore Roosevelt end her world cruise in San Diego, Calfornia, the aircraft carrier’s new home port.Two other US Navy aircraft carriers are also switching their homeports – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and George Washington (CVN 74).