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Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group MED 01 Deployment
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CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
"Rough Rider"

On January 7, 2000 TR entered a Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. This six month maintenance period ended on June 30, 2000 when the ship departed on sea trials.

TR successfully completed her Inter-Deployment Training Cycle in August 2001.

TR began her seventh deployment on September 19, 2001 with Carrier Air Wing One. After a routine transit of the Atlantic Ocean, TR and CVW-1 were called to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

As of early February 2002 the Roosevelt battle group had been operating at sea for a near-record 140 days without a port call, engaged in air operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On 19 February 2002 the TR broke the record of 152 consecutive days at sea, set by the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1980. On 27 February 2002 the Roosevelt entered port in Bahrain, where the US has maintenance and recreation facilities, after a record 160 days at sea.

After breaking the record longest period underway since WWII, TR's crew only hit two ports after 159 days at sea. TR was again awarded the Battenberg Cup, Naval Unit Commendation, and Battle E.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned home on March 27, 2002 from its six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chronology

    27 Mar 2002 - Returns to Norfolk
    03 Mar 2002 - Departs North Arabian Sea
    15 Oct 2001 - Arrived Arabian Sea
    13 Oct 2001 - Transited Suez Canal
    19 Sep 2001 - Departed for 6-month Med/Gulf
    Aug 2001 - JTFEX @ Vieques
    Jan-Jun 2000 - 6-month overhaul



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