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Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group WESTPAC 19 Deployment
CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
"Rough Rider"

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) reached an aviation milestone March 4, after completing its 225,000th arrested landing since the ships commissioning in 1986. Lt. Andrew Lacosse, a pilot from the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 154, landed an F/A-18F Super Hornet to reach the milestone. The event occurred while Roosevelt was conducting routine flight operations in the Eastern Pacific. The 225,000th trap was my first ever landing at nighttime on a carrier, said Lacosse. The hardest part of flying is the last couple of seconds when youre getting close. You have to maintain focus all the way until the aircraft touches down. All I could see were the lights in the landing area.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and select ships from Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) joined U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and Marine Corps service members for Exercise Northern Edge 2019 (NE19) in the Gulf of Alaska, May 13. NE19 is the largest joint military training exercise on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska, which prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific.

We are excited to be in the Gulf of Alaska, especially since this marks the first time in 10 years that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is participating in Northern Edge, said Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. Alaska is a strategic location, and joint operations and exercises here are essential to the nations commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The exercise, hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces, will be conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which encompasses more than 60,000 miles of airspace throughout Alaska, and includes support infrastructure from two Air Force bases. Were going outside of our working area. Its a little colder than were used to, but its a good thing, said Cmdr. Silas Bouyer, operations officer of Theodore Roosevelt. Weve got to be fully operational, not just when its sunny in San Diego.

The exercise will consist of approximately 10,000 active, reserve, and National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, and will include scenarios for defensive air combat, close air support, and aerial deterrence of maritime forces. Our role in this exercise is to bring multi-capable national assets to an exercise that will improve joint warfighting capabilities, said Lt. Roger Kim, tactical action officer of Theodore Roosevelt.

NE19 provides Theodore Roosevelt personnel and Carrier Air Wing 11 an opportunity to sharpen their skills and to practice operations and techniques. Also, it allows the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group a chance to strengthen relationships with non-Navy commands and to develop cooperative plans and programs with these organizations.

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