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TR Goes Through Yard Period at Flank Speed

Navy Newsstand

Release Date: 11/04/2002

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Rob Kerns, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) rejoined 2nd Fleet Oct. 30, after completing a record-breaking six-month yard period.

The ship entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard in May. Immediately, ship yard workers and crewmembers went to work chipping paint, grinding metal and updating the ship that led the U.S. in its fight against terrorism last fall.

"It's amazing the work we have done in such a short amount of time," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony A. Salerno. "You'd think we've been here more than a year!"

"This is the largest amount of work ever accomplished during a six-month yard period," said Capt. Terry B. Kraft, TRs executive officer.

"We went into this yard period with a goal," said Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Medley. "At times it seemed quite overwhelming, but I knew we would be able to finish what we started on time."

TR's Commanding Officer, Capt. Richard J. O'Hanlon, is very proud of his crew and the work it has accomplished over the last six-months.

"This crew cannot fail," said O'Hanlon. "No matter what the challenge, the crew of TR rises to meet it and succeeds in the spirit of the man that bears this ship's name."

As TR prepares to leave the yards the crew is happy with the way the ship looks as it sails back into action.

"Our ship looks great," said Kraft. "We are ready, in every possible way, to rejoin the operational fleet."

Looking back, some members of the crew are amazed at the work they did.

"I really don't think any other ship could have accomplished what we did," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean C. Reece. "One year ago we were arriving off the coast of Afghanistan. Now were leaving the yards just one year later and getting ready to head back. That's amazing!"

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